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Renewing your Visa
I haven't been on the Forum for a while, but I have just encountered a problem when renewing my Visa, that I thought you should be aware of, to save your money!
I was in Colombia on a marriage Visa which expired on 8 January 2015, because time was fast approaching and with the festive period upon us, I thought I should get things in order, I booked flights for myself and my Wife from Medellin to Bogota return same day. When reading the page on the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores site, I was informed that if my existing Visa was not an Electronic Visa, then I should make the application online to speed up the process, you still have to go to Bogota to have the Visa placed in your passport, but it cuts out the waiting about.
Sounds good...So I rounded up all the relevant forms, filled in the application, and uploaded all the forms and photo, paid the application check fee, and waited, a couple of days later I was informed that my application had been accepted, and that I needed to pay the Visa fee of just under 400000 COP within 15 days or the application would be binned.
Not one for hanging around, I paid immediately, later that day, another email, saying I had my Visa, when I opened the attachment, horror of horrors, the Visa was not dated from the expiry of the old /current one, but from December 16th. It gets worse, because my Wife rang to inquire why, and was told because it is issued on the date of payment, and I had to attend in Bogota within 15 days, or my Visa would be cancelled, that meant attending by December 31st. Had I not paid until the end of the 15 days, I would have been fine, but there is not explanation of this on the site.
I have managed to change my flight to December 29th, but will now have to go alone, as the cost of changing the flight is nearly as much as I paid for the two of us, so I am not happy. The overall cost to me for this Visa has been about 1300000 COP, I have learned the hard way.
If you have to apply online, do it within two weeks of the expiry of your old Visa, and you will be fine! If it had worked as it should have, it would have been a far easier and stress free way of obtaining your renewal.
So now I go to Bogota on 29th, unfortunately the return flight is late, because on 30th, I have to go to Migracion in Medellin to renew my Cedula, which also has to be done withing the 15 days!
Oh Well, at least I will have three years before my next one, which will be a Residents five year Visa.
If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright
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