Living in Colombia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Colombia with the expat guide

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General information
  • Expats are drawn to Colombia's tropical climate and natural scenery, as well a the opportunities the developing economy has to offer.

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  • Brief description of Cartagena as a holiday destination, plus a little history of the place.

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  • Probably the best thing about speaking Spanish in Colombia is that you can don?t have to really learn the names of any Colombian men. Instead you can just refer to any man you have met on the street as maestro. In English, maestro is reserved for an artist who has their work displayed in many differ

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • For citizens of over 80 countries, a visa is not required to enter Colombia. You will need 6 months on your passport from date of entry.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • For expats hoping to live in Colombia, there are a number of temporary visas. After 5 years in Colombia on a TP, you will be eligible for a resident visa.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Colombia? The digital nomad's guide to Colombia will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Colombia has a growing economy, and expats may either want to find a job or start a business there. Many jobs require fluency in Spanish.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Expats in Colombia's cities can expect to live in an apartment. If you are looking for larger detached housing, you may need to look further afield.

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Student visa, University registration
  • This article has helpful information on courses, admissions, and tuition if you want to study abroad in Colombia.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • This article is an overview of types of health insurance as well as information about public and private medical care in Colombia.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • This article is an overview of how to open a bank account in Colombia as well as information on budgeting and the cost of living.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Any foreigner working in Colombia is liable for taxes. This article has helpful information on the Colombian taxation system.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Expats in Colombia have many transportation options, from mass transit to affordable taxis. There are several international car rental companies available.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreigners in Colombia may need a national driver license. This article has information about regulations for temporary drivers and residents in Colombia.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • This article has practical advice on working with international shipping companies, transporting pets, and moving your belongings to Colombia.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Keeping in touch is important for anyone living abroad. This article has information on cell phones, the internet, and postal service in Colombia.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • From rich culture to a diverse landscape and modern cities, expats in Colombia have a lot to choose from for leisure time activities.

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