Delegation of the European Union to Colombia

EU signs visa waiver agreement with Colombia

02/12/2015 - 00:00

On 2 December 2015 the EU signed a short-stay visa waiver agreement with Colombia, at a ceremony in Brussels. The signature took place in the presence of the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

EU signs visa waiver agreement with Colombia © EU

"Colombian citizens will be able to travel in the EU without a visa. Such step will considerably facilitate human mobility between two parts of the world that are culturally and historically very close. This is the result of intensive work over two years and demonstrates good collaboration between the EU and Colombia to facilitate this outcome." Mogherini said.

The new visa regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to Colombia and for citizens of Colombia when travelling to the EU, for a period of 90 days in any 180-day period.

During the ceremony with President Santos, the High Representative also highlighted the recent positive developments of the Peace Process in Colombia and of the role played by the EU. "I am glad about the work we have done during this year within my mandate, with President Santos and with all the friends of Colombia who have been accompanying the peace process, something that could be a sign of hope after years of conflict. And we know how much we need hope in these days. EU, all its Member States , all its institutions, my special envoy Gilmore are there to accompany step by step this process that has all our full support."