Colombian passport

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Colombian passport
Pasaporte desde el 2015.jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Colombian biometric passport.
Date first issued September 2015 (biometric passport booklet)
Issued by  Colombia
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Colombian citizenship

The Colombian passport is a travel document which is issued to citizens of Colombia for the purpose of international travel. Since September 2015 a Biometric passport has been introduced. The previous machine-readable version can be used as long as it is valid.

Colombian passport inside

Citizens of Colombia do not need a passport when traveling to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. For these countries, they may use just their domestic identification cards called Cédula de Identidad.[1][2]

Several drivers resulted in the issuing of the document:

  • The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued Resolution No. A36-15 in which it urged its 190 member countries to issue readable passports from 2010. The intent of this resolution was to ensure security and integrity of travel documents worldwide.
  • Increased safety: The new book has special design features, and print materials that correspond to three levels of security.
  • Allowing quick migration processes: the machine-readable zone facilitates the process of recognition and registration of the passenger when entering or leaving a country, because a machine automatically interprets the information encoded in their passport, which reduces approximately 50% on-call time by immigration agents.

Visa requirements[edit]

Countries and territories with visa-free or visa on arrival entry for holders of regular Colombian passports

In 2016, Colombian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 103 countries and territories, ranking the Colombian passport 50th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

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External sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Acuerdo sobre Documentos de Viaje de los Estados Partes del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados" (PDF) (in Spanish). mercosur.int. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "En 2014 se aprobó el "Segundo Acuerdo Modificatorio del Anexo del Acuerdo sobre Documentos de Viaje de los Estados Partes del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados"." (PDF) (in Spanish). mercosur.int. Retrieved 27 February 2016.