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Digital Nomad Visa For Colombia

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Digital Nomad Visa For Colombia

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Quick facts about Colombia

Colombia has exploded in popularity over the past few years as digital nomads flock to experience fantastic year-round weather and a low cost of living. The country has significantly improved safety in the last decade, making it an enticing and easily accessible place for those from North America and Europe. Starting (hopefully) October 22, 2022, digital nomads will be able to get a visa to stay in this beautiful country.

Capital Bogotá
Form of Government Unitary presidential republic
Population 50,372,424
Climate Tropical
Language Spanish, English (in San Andrés and Providencia)
Currency Colombian peso (COP) - Need Help Converting?

Quick Visa Facts

Visa Length
Two years
Possible to extend?
N/A
Who can apply?
N/A
Minimum Income Requirements
3 million COP/month (around $670)
Time for visa applications
N/A

Living in Colombia as a digital nomad

Colombia is one of the best places in South America for digital nomads. There is a sizeable nomadic population in Medellín. You can find events like Gringo Tuesday every Tuesday at Vintrash in the center of Poblado. There are several Whatsapp group messages that you can join to connect with like-minded travelers that share your interests.


Attractions and best places to visit

There is no shortage of attractions and fantastic places to visit throughout Colombia. It all depends on what you are interested in and what kind of experience you want. For instance, if you’re going to lounge on the beach and do nothing but relax, head over to the islands off the coast of Cartagena or Santa Marta. If you want to experience a colorful city and explore nature, go to Guatape, about two hours from Medellín.

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Of course, you must try all the Colombian coffee you can handle while visiting. Take a tour of a coffee farm so you can see how the coffee is grown throughout the country. There are different seasonal events throughout the year, so check the calendar before you arrive to see what you can participate in. There are a lot of hikes you can do in the mountainous areas of the country. To get a whole experience of the various cultures within the country, we recommend visiting Bogota, Medellín, and the coast if possible. Each destination has something unique to offer that you cannot find elsewhere.


Digital Nomad Hotspots

Arguably the most prominent digital nomad hotspot in Colombia is in Medellín. Along the hilly streets, you will find no shortage of cafes and coworking spaces with people from all over the world conducting business. The biggest draw to Medellín is the weather, so the city is aptly nicknamed “The City of Eternal Spring.”

Another big spot for digital nomads is in Cartagena. If you love the beaches, Cartagena is for you. However, be prepared for warmer weather and more humidity than in Medellín.

Bogota is the capital of Colombia and is more dangerous than both Medellín and Cartagena. However, you can still find many fantastic experiences here, with many travelers saying it has the best nightlife in Latin America. There are over 11 million people in Bogota, so something is always happening.


Cost of Living

Colombia has a low cost of living compared to many other destinations in South America, at the time of writing, $1 = 4451.61 COP.

You can expect to pay around $285/month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Medellín. Living outside the city, you can find apartments at $220 a month or lower.

When it comes to market prices, here are the following averages:

1ltr of milk: $0.77

12 eggs: $1.51

1kg chicken filets: $3.39

Bread: $0.84

You can expect to spend $3.24 on a meal at an inexpensive restaurant or up to $17.90 on a two-course dinner. Internet, cable, and mobile plan prices will run you about $22.58 per month.

Colombia, on average, has a cost of living 64% lower than the United States, and rent costs 84% less than the United States. So, if a US company employs you, you can live well for much less than back home.


Digital Nomad Essentials

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Internet

Reliable and fast internet used to be hard to come by in Colombia, but the country has been going digital in recent years. So you can expect to find fast wi-fi in big cities and decent wi-fi elsewhere. Many cafes throughout Medellin and Bogota will have free wi-fi available for patrons, and blackouts are not very common.

SIM cards

It is straightforward to get a SIM card in Colombia. You have a few different providers, but we generally recommend Claro. We paid $10.36 for a SIM card and one month of data with Claro, which proved to be fast and reliable. Claro is a typical South American provider, so you might have used them if you were traveling to Chile or Argentina.

Coworking Spaces

There is an abundance of coworking spaces throughout Colombia. Finding them in bigger cities like Medellín and Bogota is certainly easier. Many hostels will have coworking spaces as part of the hostel from which anyone is allowed to work if they pay for a membership. For example, the Selina Hostel in Medellín provided day passes to their coworking space for 40,000COP or a weekly pass for 172,000COP. Not only are coworking spaces great for working, but they are a great way to meet other digital nomads in the area.

Is Colombia safe?

Just like any country, Colombia has its dangerous neighborhoods. However, long gone are the days of drug cartels and danger. Colombia has worked hard to make it a safe and wonderful place for tourists.

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There are a few common sense tips that you should use no matter where you are in the world:

Avoid walking around at night, especially if you are alone. Take a taxi (a short trip home will likely cost you around $2.)

Look around before taking your phone out. Avoid taking it out on busy streets, as cyclists can ride past and grab it out of your hands.

Avoid wearing lots of jewelry and smart watches, as these can make you a target.

Check ATMs for skimmers or devices that might steal your card/card number.

Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

Check the news and digital nomad groups to be up to date on important information and neighborhoods.

You can have an excellent experience in Colombia by following just a few safety tips.

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Visa Overview

Although there is currently no specific visa for digital nomads, one is underway. The visa will likely be unveiled on October 22, 2022. This visa is expected to offer an immigration pathway for remote workers. Other information is still unknown at this time. Until then, if you are from the United States, the EU, Great Britain, Canada, or a few other countries, you can stay in Colombia visa-free for 90 days. You can then extend that stay for another 90 days online, making it a total of 180 per calendar year.

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Current travel restrictions

At the time of writing, Colombian travel restrictions are very basic—travelers 18 and older need to provide proof of a completed vaccine schedule or a negative COVID-19 test. Travelers must also complete the online Check-mig form before entering the country. There are no curfews or quarantines in place for travelers. Those returning to the United States that are vaccinated no longer need to complete a COVID-19 test before their flight.

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Who Can Apply for the Digital Nomad Visa for Colombia

At the moment, it is not clear who will be eligible for the digital nomad visa, but we expect it to be similar to the countries that do not need a visa to stay for less than 90 days (US, EU, GB, Canada).

How to Apply for the Colombia Digital Nomad Visa

Currently, we do not have an application page to share, but this article will be updated as we get more information.


Documents required to apply for the digital nomad visa in Colombia

You do not need any documentation for the tourist visa if you come from the listed countries. You just need a passport valid for more than 180 days after arrival. You might be asked to show a departure ticket leaving Colombia, but this is typically on a case-by-case basis and up to the immigration officer on whether they ask.

Although this is not certain, the draft resolution from the Colombian government has stated that the following are requirements for obtaining the new digital nomad visa:

Employed by a foreign company

Bank statements proving a monthly income of at least 3 million pesos (around $670)

A letter from the foreign company

Health insurance with coverage for Colombia


How much does it cost?

For most travelers, obtaining a tourist visa for 180 days is free. However, it is unknown exactly how much the upcoming digital nomad visa will cost.

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Timeline for Applying

Currently, there is no determined timeline for applying for the digital nomad visa. However, if you are a tourist staying for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa and can arrive at customs with your passport.

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In our experience, Colombia is one of the most welcoming and friendly places we have ever been to. Everyone you meet is friendly and happy to help you at any point. The weather could not be any better, staying a comfortable 22-25 degrees Celsius (71-77 Fahrenheit) for most of the year. The cost of living is very low compared to places in the United States and Europe, and you have no shortage of community events for digital nomads. So there is little more that you could ask for when booking your next stay.

As the digital nomad visa for Colombia gets approved and planned, we will be sure to update you with information on how to apply.

Do you qualify for this visa?
Requirements for Applying
Employed by a foreign company
Bank statements proving a monthly income of at least 3 million pesos (around $670)
A letter from the foreign company
Health insurance with coverage for Colombia
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