Colombia and the United States will assess the possible withdrawal of the tourist visa

The good state of relations, which was realized between the administrations of Joe Biden and Gustavo Petro, led to the official request.

And theThe government of the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, is progressing in strengthening diplomatic relations with the government of the United States.

The request was made by the Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Gilberto Murillo, in a letter to the United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, and the United States Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mallorcas. The message was sent on October 11 this year.

In the letter, Ambassador Murillo highlighted the strengthening of relations between Colombia and the United States in recent years, recalling that the two countries recently celebrated 200 years of diplomatic relations.

In the face of the proposal formally presented by Murillo, the US ambassador to Colombia, Francisco Palmieri, confirmed that it was a proposal that he would begin to evaluate. “They are planning in Washington under a well-defined process, to analyze the demand,” the ambassador said in remarks.

“We have always appreciated the support we have received from the people of the United States and deeply appreciate these historic leaders who, like you, have left an indelible legacy in our relations,” Murillo said in the letter.

“I would like to express our interest in re-engaging in the conversation that will lead to Colombia’s designation of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). We understand that Colombia must meet several requirements to be selected under the Visa Waiver Program.”

The Visa Waiver Program allows member states to travel to the United States for tourism and business without a visa for a period of no more than 90 days, with various requirements. “Citizens of designated participating countries may travel to the United States for tourism and/or business (class B visa) for up to 90 days without a visa. The term of this Electronic Travel Authorization is two years,” the US Embassy reported.

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More than 30 countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program, among them: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Singapore, etc.

Nationals of countries that are members of the Visa Waiver Program are required to meet certain requirements in order to use the permit. They must have a passport that meets the criteria of the Visa Waiver Program, be ESTA-authorized, be in the United States for up to 90 days or less, or for business or tourism travel, or be a country Crossing, among other things.

To conclude the request, in the letter sent by Murillo, the ambassador highlighted the various aspects of Colombia in international issues and emphasized that this action would strengthen the relations between the two countries.

“This will bring the people of Colombia and the United States closer together with improved communications and relations between people. It will also boost tourism and have a positive impact on business between Colombia and the United States.”

To advance this work, the governments of Colombia and the United States will meet on October 28 in Washington to begin work on this issue and discuss various aspects. Other priority immigration issues for countries will also be addressed.

How will the process unfold?

For international analyst Catalina Munroy, the request may not be viable. The main reason is the national security issues of the United States. Immigration policy has been tightened, and regardless of the government party, Republican or Democratic, it is in the national interest of the United States to protect the security of all citizens,” said the analyst.

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However, Monroy emphasized that the relationship between the United States and Colombia should be taken into account, as he noted the prevailing perception of Colombia in the world.

“Stigmas are still on the imagination of many Americans. To some extent, their perception of us continues to numb,” the analyst said.

Finally, he stressed that issues such as the rise of the dollar, inflation, unemployment and economic growth are among the issues that affect the evaluation of the decision.


From November 9, the UK will no longer require a tourist visa from Colombians who wish to enter its territory in less than 6 months.


30 The countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and Colombia aspires to join.

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