Temporary Tourist Visa (PIP-5 / PTP-5)
The Temporary Tourist visa (PIP-5) is stamped in your passport when you arrive into Colombia and pass through immigration control. It is valid for 90 days. The best part about a Temporary Tourist visa is that you can take lessons at any non governmental Spanish language school or with any private teacher. As such this is the easiest and simplest option, requiring very little effort.
Before entering Colombia you should check if you need to apply for a visa to enter the country, your travel agent should have this information. For example if you are a citizen of the United States, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland etc you do not need to apply for a visa before you enter the country but simply get your passport stamped on the way in. If you’re unsure you can read more information on the government’s Colombia.Travel page.
Extending your visa:
If you want to stay longer than the 90 days given at the airport you need to apply for an extension at the office of Migration Colombia, the extension is called a PTP-5. The complete guide to extending your tourist visa is outlined in a blog by MedellinColombia.co, and should be relevant to whatever city you intend to extend your visa.
Note: There is a lot of conflicting and out-of-date information on the internet regarding extension of visas. In the past it used to be a nightmare. Fortunately the former government agency Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS) was closed in 2011 due to a number of scandals and was subsequently replaced by La Unidad Administrativa Especial Migración Colombia (Migration Colombia), still often referred to as “DAS”. Luckily the result of this changeover has been a significant improvement in service.
If you’re uncertain about anything maybe best to contact La Unidad Administrativa Especial Migración Colombia (UAEMC).
Working Hours in Bogota and Medellin 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Working Hours in the rest of Colombia: 8:00 am to 12:00 then 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm