I have dual Colombia/US citizenship. I need to do a short trip to Colombia in a week.I have both my US and Colombian passports, but I don't have a cedula.

I'm very worried that I'll have problems at immigration. I've emailed them and called the embassy and heard no response. Can anybody help me? Maybe I can take an additional document?

  • What do you mean by cedula? Colombian ID? – Kuba Apr 16 '18 at 17:02
  • You'll be perfectly fine, see my answer – Crazydre Apr 16 '18 at 17:14
  • If you are required to have a cedula in addition to your passport then I don't see how an additional document would help. I do not know whether such a requirement exists, however. – phoog Apr 16 '18 at 17:15
  • @phoog It doesn't – Crazydre Apr 16 '18 at 17:18

A passport is the universal travel document - unless a country doesn't recognise the country issuing the passport, it has to be accepted as a travel document.

Plus, Colombia cannot refuse entry to you as a Colombian citizen - even an expired passport would be accepted.

So this is what you need:

  1. At check-in for the flight to Colombia: Colombian passport
  2. At Colombian entry immigration: Colombian passport
  3. Check-in for flight to the US: US passport
  4. Colombian exit immigration: Colombian passport
  5. US immigration: US passport
  • But could the traveler be fined for failing to have her cedula? Might she be forbidden from leaving Colombia without a cedula? – phoog Apr 16 '18 at 17:15
  • @phoog No, there is no such requirement. No country in the world requires this except Venezuela for naturalised citizens, who must have a passport and ID card and naturalisation papers. – Crazydre Apr 16 '18 at 17:17
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    How do you know that? If the country requires its resident citizens to have an ID card, as Colombia apparently does, how do you know that this requirement won't be enforced on entry at the airport, and how do you know that it does not apply to citizens who reside abroad? – phoog Apr 16 '18 at 17:23
  • @phoog "As Colombia apparently does" According to whom? If it's the link I think you're referring to, its' clearly a mistranslation. Also Timatic makes zero mention of it, and it most certainly would if such a requirement was in place – Crazydre Apr 16 '18 at 17:32
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    @JulianaSarmiento If you do face any issues (which I cannot imagine happening) be sure to report! – Crazydre Apr 16 '18 at 23:05

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