Student Visa and Embassy Information
It is your responsibility to seek out information and complete the requirements of the Colombian Consulate with jurisdiction over your area of residence. Many consulates require a verification of residence at an address within their jurisdiction, so please verify that you have a means to prove residence within the jurisdiction in which you apply. At the bottom of this page you will find a list of consulates and the states within their jurisdiction.
BEGINNING IN 2016, U.S. AND CANADIAN** STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AN ISA SEMESTER PROGRAM WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A STUDENT VISA PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
The enrollment letter that students receive from the Universidad del Norte will allow students to receive a PIP-2 Temporary Visitor Visa stamped into their passport upon arrival at no additional cost. Students must have this document and the Proof of Legal Existence of the University document in hand when they arrive at Immigration in Colombia. Both will be distributed to the student by ISA four to eight weeks before they depart. Students will need to renew this visa before 90 days, and the ISA staff will assist with this process on-site.
A student visa is not required for U.S. citizens** traveling to Colombia on for a summer program.
Colombian citizens do not need a visa but must enter Colombia using a valid Colombian passport.
**Please note that if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you should contact your ISA Colombia Site Specialist and, if necessary, your nearest Consulate to verify specific entry requirements. As these requirements vary based on citizenship, non-U.S. citizens may not be permitted to travel to Colombia without a visa or outside of their visa dates. Also, visa fees for non-U.S. citizens may differ so please be sure to check your specific consulate's website for the most up to date information.
If you are required to obtain a visa for your program abroad, please read the below information:
**IMPORTANT: Some Colombian consulates will not allow you to mail in your application. In most cases you will need to appear in person at the consulate.**
Which visa do I apply for?
Non-U.S. Citizens on programs of over 60 days in Colombia may need to obtain a TP-3 Student Visa prior to departing for Colombia. Review the website for the consulate to which you are applying for the most specific and current information on how to apply.
When should I apply?
Don't wait until it is too late. Visa processing times can vary greatly based on the consulate to which you are applying and can be delayed if you do not submit a complete visa application packet. This means you should NOT apply for your visa before your entire visa application packet is complete. You should start the visa application after receiving your letter of enrollment and other applicable documents from ISA (an email from your Site Specialist will indicate when this has been sent).
NOTE: Some consulates require that you schedule an appointment to get your visa while others do not. Please check this important requirement on your consulate website.
Note: Embassy and consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to verify information.
In order to find contact information for your specific consulate, please choose the state or region of your permanent residence from the dropdown box below, and click submit to continue.
Embassy of the United States in Colombia
The American Citizen Services Section is open for non-emergency services by appointment only.
Information for the U.S. Consulate in Barranquilla: