Visa for Minors and Incapacitated Persons in Colombia

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Visa for minors and incapable persons in Colombia.

When a foreigner is interested in applying for a visa for a minor or for a person who is absolutely incapable of acting on his or her own behalf, he or she must take into account certain special requirements for this purpose.

In this regard, it is important to remember that a person with incapacity to act on his or her own behalf is a person who, because of a mental illness or court order, is unable to make decisions autonomously.

Likewise, it is clarified that, in Colombia, a person is of legal age at 18 years of age. In this sense, any foreigner under 18 years of age will be considered a minor by the Colombian government.

General Visa Requirements for Minors and Incapacitated Persons in Colombia

There are documents required for all visas. These are:

  1. Valid passport or travel document. It must be in good condition and with free space for visa.
  2. Copy of the main page of the passport or travel document. This is in order to have the biographical data of the person.
  3. If you are in Colombia, you will have to prove that you are in regular migratory status in the country and show the last entry stamp, exit stamp or safe-conduct, depending on your case. If you are outside the Colombian territory and intend to apply for the visa abroad, you will have to attach a copy of the document that proves your regular stay in that country.
  4. Recent document type photograph, 3×4 cm, in color, with white background and front view. It must be in JPG format and weigh no more than 300 KB.

To keep in mind:

  • The documents must be dated less than 3 months before the application is filed. This applies to all documents except identity and travel documents.
  • Foreign documents must have an apostille or legalization.
  • The documents must have an official translation into Spanish when they are not in Spanish. The translation must be apostilled or legalized.
  • The visa authority may require judicial background information.

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Special Visa Requirements for Minors and Incapacitated Persons in Colombia

The specific requirements will be, in any case, those required by the type of visa. However, in the case of minors and incapacitated persons, it is also required:

  1. Proof of the name of the father and mother of the minor or of the persons having parental authority or guardianship. This must be done through documents such as birth registration or birth certificate of the foreign minor, judicial sentence that designates parental authority or guardianship, act of family authority or other document that takes its place.
  2. Submit a visa application letter signed by the parents or persons having guardianship or parental authority of the minor. Additionally, this letter must identify the person who will have personal care of the minor or incapacitated person within Colombia.
  3. The person who will have the care of the alien must send a letter accepting responsibility for the care. This is required when the person who will be in charge is not the parents or guardians.

Checklist of requirements

In addition to the specific documents required for the type of visa you are applying for, you will need to submit in the application:

  • Original passport
  • Copy of the main page of the passport
  • Document proving regular stay
  • Photography
  • Birth record or birth certificate of the minor alien or court decision
  • Visa application letter
  • Acceptance of responsibility letter (if applicable)


  • If you are the parent and you have a valid visa in Colombia and you require a visa for a minor or a disabled person, you may apply for a beneficiary visa and you must take into account the requirements described above.
  • If you need a different visa, you must take into account the requirements and characteristics of the visa you will apply for, without disregarding the documents listed above.

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