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How To Get a Colombian Cedula

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Colombian Cedula Guide for Foreigners

Obtaining a Cedula de Extranjeria (Colombian ID for foreigners) is a crucial step for foreign nationals who have received a Colombian visa. Failure to do so within the specified time frame can result in substantial fines. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Cedula de Extranjeria in Colombia as of 2023:

Step 1: Know Your Blood Type

If you do not already know your blood type, it’s essential to get a blood test. This information is required for your Cedula de Extranjeria and is used in case of emergencies.

Step 2: Application for Colombian Cedula

Migración Colombia offers an online application for the Cedula de Extranjeria, available in both English and Spanish. You will be asked to provide personal information, emergency contact information, and foreigner registration details. This online application replaces the previous paper-based application process. You can find the application here:  https://apps.migracioncolombia.gov.co/registro/public/formularioRegistro.jsf

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

Before visiting a Migración Colombia office, you must schedule an appointment online. The appointment scheduling process can be completed on the official website, so pay close attention to the details.

Step 4: Gather the Required Documents

On the scheduled date for your appointment, visit the nearest Migración Colombia office with the following documents:

Step 5: Pay The Cedula Application Fee

The cost for obtaining a Cedula de Extranjeria in 2023 is 246,000 Colombian pesos (approximately $50 USD). You can pay this fee at the Migración Colombia office using a credit or debit card.

Step 6: Wait for Processing

After submitting your application and payment, you will need to wait for your Cedula de Extranjeria to be processed. You can check the status of your application online to see if it’s ready for pickup.

Step 7: Collect Your Cedula

Once your Cedula de Extranjeria is ready, you can visit the Migración Colombia office again to collect it. This card will serve as your Colombian identification document, making various aspects of life in Colombia more convenient, such as opening bank accounts and accessing certain services.
Additionally, having this ID card allows you to travel domestically within Colombia using only your Cedula, leaving your passport safely at home.
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