I'm a UK national currently in Colombia as a tourist, travelling on a British passport.

As such, I receive a free 90 day visiting period, without requiring a visa, upon entry as a tourist to Colombia. I'm wondering if this period is renewed when leaving and re-entering Colombia.

I have found the following on gov.uk:

British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival.

However I can't find anything on this page, or from any official source on the internet, on the rules about if/how this period is renewed.

For specifics, my sequence of actions has been as follows:

  1. I entered Colombia, for the first time ever, less than 90 days ago. I got a dated entry stamp in my passport.
  2. Some weeks later, I left Colombia to go to Panama. When I did this I got a dated exit stamp in my passport.
  3. Another couple of weeks later, I returned to Colombia. I had no questions at immigration about the first entry/exit, and the immigration officer gave me another dated entry stamp in my passport, which looks identical in type to the first.

So my question is, do I now have 90 days from the first, or from the second, entry stamp date before I must leave Colombia or apply for an extension?

I suppose, but please correct me if I'm wrong, that this question would have the same answer for most if not all countries whose citizens receive this same 90-day vistor period.

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    All my Colombian entry stamps have a hand-written number below DIAS. Do you have that number? It always counts from the latest entry. Jun 1, 2015 at 14:37
  • @PeterHahndorf spot on, thanks very much - I didn't notice this because the '90' is an illegible squiggle on both stamps (I guess I thought it was the officer's initials or some such) but this is accurate, I have 90 days from my second stamp and I'll write an answer with further details.
    – techpacker
    Jun 2, 2015 at 22:00

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I would think that both your passport stamps include a reference as to how long you're allowed to stay.

CIBT (http://cibtvisas.com) claims that British passport holders get 180 visas upon arrival. You might have gotten 90 days that could have been extended by another 90.

This should mean that, leaving earlier and returning, it's most likely that you were given another 90 days from your second entry.

However, because the number of days you get is at the discretion of the immigration official, if the number of days you got is not specified with your stamp, there is no way to determine, without checking with immigration, how long you're actually allowed to stay.

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    yes, the stamps contained all the necessary information, I was simply being an idiot. Have an upvote, sir :-)
    – techpacker
    Jun 2, 2015 at 22:12

So, thanks to the pointer by @PeterHahndorf I discovered that indeed, the type of pass and the number of days allowed is all written in pen on the entry stamp.

Without deliberate inspection I'd missed it on both stamps because the '90' was written very quickly and wasn't immediately recognisable as a number!

What confirms it is that on both stamps, the pass type of PIP 5 is also ticked. PIP followed by 9 boxes is printed on the stamp, along with a visa type line below, where the immigration officer will indicate the pass/visa type in pen.

Once I knew what to google for I confirmed that that PIP 5 is indeed a 90 day pass on the migracion Colombia site.

So, I have to presume I do have 90 days from the date of the latest stamp. I'll update this if I discover differently.

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