I am an Indian citizen, have worked in Colombia and Brazil before. I applied for a Colombian Work permit visa, and got rejected for no apparent reason (as confirmed with the Embassy.) In the rejection email, it is said:

Be aware that you will only be able to make a new visa application in six months’ time counted as of today

Now, I was suggested by a friend who has traveled to Colombia before that, in the case I hold a US tourist visa, I don’t need to have a Colombian visa to enter the country.

Will I be allowed to enter before the 6 month, in the above scenario?

  • Just from a logical standpoint it doesn’t make sense. A country denied you a visa, however you think it would be okay to enter the country on an exemption provided to people holding visas of a different country? Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 5:21
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    I understand that a work permit was denied, but in this case I want to meet my girlfriend who’s Colombian, so the purpose of the visit is tourism.
    – PD101
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 5:25
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    It is difficult to say what will happen at the passport control. Maybe they already have a record of your refusal and when the agent enters your passport number, a recent refusal will be flagged. In which case you can expect a lengthy landing interview with a possibility of denial of entry and deportation (a bigger black mark) or maybe you will get lucky and will pass through easily. 6 months is not a lot of time. Considering long term view of things it may be better to wait it out.
    – RedBaron
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 6:05
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    Meet to a nearby country. You may increases chances if you go in Colombia with a return ticket and a plan for a short stay: so clearly tourism and not for working (do no work!) as your visa application. But without a clear reason of visa refusal, we (and you) do not know if it was just for working regulation/reasons, or for other personal reasons. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 8:58
  • @PD101 It seems strange they did not give a reason for the visa refusal. Did you have a confirmed contract of employment in Columbia?
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 14:04

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Yes, under Colombia's visa policy, you may be allowed visa-free entry, as an Indian national who holds a visa (or residence permit) issued by the United States or a Schengen Area country.

However, that does not mean you will be, especially after being notified that you must wait six months before making a new visa application. Appearance at Colombia's border is very likely to be considered a new visa application, regardless of purpose (work, visit, relationship).

Under the circumstances, it may be unwise to test this policy, especially when Colombia's immigrations record would show that you have intentions to work and live there.

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