Today, Visa Asistencia informs the measures that the Immigration Services Facilitator Centers of Migración Colombia have implemented due to the quarantine period established by the National Government to face the pandemic by COVID-19:
- In accordance with the provisions of Resolution 0918 of March 19th, 2020, as of the date, the time count will be provisionally suspended for the Entry and Permanence Permits, Temporary Permanent Permits and the Special Permits of Permanence (PEP) for Venezuelan citizens.
- The suspension of time would go until next May 30th, 2020 or until the term established by the National Government for the health emergency is met.
- Those foreign citizens who had to register their visa and / or issue their cédula de extranjería, Migración Colombia clarified that the Entity will refrain from initiating any type of administrative action if the foreigner was unable to carry out this procedure, within the terms established by the law, due to the current situation.
- Those foreign citizens who due to the current situation could not leave the national territory before the expiration of their Entry and Permanence Permit, which was granted to them at the time of entering the country, Migración Colombia clarified that they should not carry out the extension of permanence, with the commitment to leave the country, once the flight situation is normalized.
- In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in order to care for its officials, the service in its 27 Immigration Services Facilitator Centers will be suspended until next Monday, April 13th, 2020, according to the instruction of compulsory isolation decreed by the National Government.
This measure gives a great part of tranquility to all foreign citizens who are in the country, either under the immigration status of a tourist or those who did not get their new cédula de extranjería upon receiving their new Colombian visa. It also helps all foreign citizens who are in Colombia and have not been able to leave the country due to the flight restriction established by the National Government. Additionally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, through its official website, has reported that, given the extension of the period of isolation established by the Mayor of Bogotá and the mandatory preventive isolation decreed by the Presidency of the Republic, the Internal Working Group on Visas and Immigration will not have face-to-face attention to the public at its offices in Bogotá at Avenida 19 Nº 98-03 Edificio Torre 100, however the online applications for Colombian visas will continue as usually.