Colombia Digital Nomad Visa Guide (2023) 

Digital nomads adore Colombia. Back in 2013, Medellin, one of the hottest destinations for digital nomads in Colombia, was crowned as the “most innovative city in the world” according to an independent study done by the Urban Land Institute. In the 10 years since then, nomads have flocked to this and other Colombian cities, to get a taste of the wild, coffee-infused Colombian life.

That’s partially why, back in 2022, Colombia announced that a digital nomad visa was in the works, and they officially launched it in March 2023. Now, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers can apply for the new visa that will allow them to live and work in Colombia for up to 2 years.

Although the visa is still fresh off the presses, so to speak, we do have plenty of information about it. That’s why today, we’ll cover:

  • The various types of visas that Colombia offers,
  • What makes the digital nomad visa stand out in terms of benefits and requirements,
  • The entire procedure of applying for the Colombian digital nomad visa,
  • What you can expect in terms of expenses as a digital nomad in Colombia
  • The benefits and downsides of being a digital nomad in Colombia, and
  • The top destinations for digital nomads in Colombia.

We’ll also give you some tips that will help you find your way around Colombia easier, so keep your eye out for those at the very end of our Colombia digital nomad visa guide. 

Let’s get to it!

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Quick digital nomad visa facts for Colombia

The new Colombian digital nomad visa gives you an opportunity to live and work in this gorgeous country for up to 2 years! But how? 

Here’s a quick run-down of everything you need to know about the brand-new Colombian digital nomad visa

Colombia digital nomad visa questionsColombia digital nomad visa answers
Does Colombia have a digital nomad visa?Yes, the Visa V for Digital Nomads
When was Colombia’s digital nomad visa introduced?March 2023
Who can apply for Colombia’s digital nomad visa?Anyone with a passport from a country that doesn’t require an entry visa
How much does a Colombian digital nomad visa cost?Visa fee: COP217,000 ($52) 
Residency fee: COP710,000—COP1,000,000 ($170–$240) 
Colombian digital nomad visa length? Up to 2 years
Minimum stay requirement?None
Possible to extend the visa?No
Minimum income requirements? At least 3 current minimum wages per month (COP3,900,818 (~$865,45))
Processing time for visa application?30—45 days
Can I apply with family members for a digital nomad visa?Yes

What to expect as a digital nomad in Colombia?

Colombia has worked hard to establish itself as an attractive destination for foreigners and succeeded in doing so. That’s why, today, it has plenty to offer to both tourists and expats alike. Here’s what you can expect in this country as a digital nomad. 

Colombia digital nomad FAQColombia digital nomad answers
Average Internet speed: 93.46 Mbps — Median download speed
32.99 Mbps — Median upload speed
Best coworking space (highest Google rating and number of voters):Tinkko Coworking Medellín — Milla de Oro (4.6 stars from 407 voters)
Friendly to foreigners: Yes — Colombians are an exceptionally welcoming nation, and they treat foreigners with warmth and kindness.
Most popular place for digital nomads in Colombia:Medellin — with a significant expat community, amazing internet speeds, and plenty of picturesque neighborhoods, museums, parks, and even a botanical garden, Medellin is a great place for digital nomads.
Weather in Colombia’s most popular place for digital nomads:– Average annual temperature 20°C (68°F);
– Coldest month average temperatures (November) — 14°C–21°C (58°F–69°F);
– Hottest month average temperatures (May) — 18°C–27°C (64°F–80°F);
– 1,860 sunny hours; 
– 212 rainy days; 
– Tropical rainforest climate means heavy rainfall and high temperatures throughout the year.
Type of climate:Tropical
Annual air quality average:US AQI — 59 (moderate quality, some health hazards)
PM2.5 — 3.1x the WHO annual air quality guideline value (unhealthy for sensitive groups)
Average cost of living: Family of four: COP8,770,000 (~$2,100) per month
Single person: COP300,000 (~$700) per month
Average coworking space cost: COP585,000 (~$140) per month
Crime per 100k population:22.64
Interesting facts for digital nomads:Colombia is one of the cheapest South American countries.

Colombia digital nomad visa

According to International Living, Colombia is the cheapest destination for expats (and digital nomads), as it offers the most favorable cost of living to quality of life ratio

And, considering that it’s also the most populous as well as one of the most biodiverse countries in South America, it’s really no wonder that digital nomads and expats are flocking to it. 

People used to take advantage of the fact that Colombia’s automatic tourist visa can be extended. That way, instead of spending the standard 90 days in Colombia, they could spend up to 180 days. 

That, along with the desire to attract more digital nomads who will contribute to the country’s economy, prompted the Colombian authorities to establish an actual visa for digital nomads.

The Visa V for Digital Nomads is relatively straightforward because the Colombian government wanted to make a visa that’s as easy to apply for (and obtain) as possible. However, it does have a few restrictions. 

So, let’s take a look at all the requirements and benefits this visa has to offer.

Colombia digital nomad visa requirements 

The Colombian digital nomad visa is available for:

  • Remote workers who have a contract with a non-Colombian company that proves they are allowed to work remotely,
  • Freelancers who can prove they are providing online services to non-Colombian companies or people, and
  • Digital entrepreneurs, who can demonstrate a good business plan for their entrepreneurial project in Colombia.

To be eligible for the Colombian digital nomad visa, you need to:

  • Hold a passport from one of the countries that don’t require an entry visa for Colombia,
  • Prove that you are a remote worker or that you own or are a partner in a company that you’re running digitally,
  • Prove that you aren’t doing business with or providing services to (and thus taking payments from) Colombian companies and/or citizens,
  • Demonstrate that your monthly earnings are equal to or higher than 3 times the minimum monthly earnings in Colombia (COP3,900,818 (~$865,45)), and
  • Show that you have health insurance that covers the entirety of your stay in Colombia.

Colombia digital nomad visa benefits

Although there haven’t been many visas issued at the time of writing, we do know the Colombian digital nomad visa offers some general benefits. It allows you to:

  • Apply for the visa online (thanks to the Resolution 5477 of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all visas are processed online),
  • Stay in the country for up to 2 years,
  • Partake in economic activity in Colombia
  • Bring your spouse, children, or other dependants with you, and
  • Get a foreigner ID (La Cédula de Extranjería), which will make it easier for you to rent an apartment or get a contract with an internet or mobile provider.

Applying for a visa online is one of the major benefits for all digital nomads who are usually on the go and don’t have the luxury of going back to their home country to apply for a visa via the consulate. 

In post-pandemic Colombia, you’re able to do pretty much anything online. We spoke about that with Uroš Kukić, a remote worker who visited Colombia at the end of 2022 for business and decided to stay a while to explore.

Kukic Uros

“One of the best things about traveling to Colombia is that you can do everything online. I really wasn’t expecting that level of digitalization. Even the Check-MIG, the obligatory health declaration that you have to fill out if you’re entering Columbia via any airport can be filled out and sent in online. I’m not sure if that’s still an obligatory part of travel in Colombia in 2023, but it was of massive help to us, given that we had a somewhat turbulent day of traveling.” 

At the time of writing, the Colombian Check-MIG is still mandatory, so keep that in mind if you plan on traveling to Colombia anytime soon.

How long is the Colombia digital nomad visa valid for?

As mentioned, one of the biggest benefits of the Colombian digital nomad visa is that it’s valid for up to 2 years

However, since Colombia just started processing these visas in 2023, we don’t yet know what the actual process of acquiring the visa will look like. 

It’s not yet known whether the visas will initially be granted for the full 2 years, or if they will be granted for a shorter period (for example, 1 year), which will require digital nomads to renew them. 

Can the Colombian digital nomad visa be used to gain citizenship or permanent residence?

The new Colombian digital nomad visa grants temporary residence to digital nomads, which can last for up to 2 years. However, going from temporary to permanent residence (or citizenship) isn’t that easy.

To get citizenship or permanent residence in Colombia, foreigners have to either:

  • Reside in Colombia (on any type of resident visa) for more than 5 years, or
  • Reside in Colombia for more than 2 years (if they are married or in a permanent partnership with a Colombian citizen, or if they have Colombian children).

So, a digital nomad visa won’t get you a permanent residence (if that’s what you’re going after), but it’s a start, given that all residence visas count towards the 5-year minimum stay. 

It’s also worth noting that there are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Latin American and Caribbean citizens (who were born and hold passports of one of the countries in Latin America or the Caribbean) can apply for citizenship or permanent residence after 1 year of residing in Colombia, and
  • Spanish citizens can apply for permanent residence or citizenship after residing in Colombia for 2 years.

What documents do I need for the Colombian digital visa?

To apply for the Colombian digital nomad visa, you will need:

  • A valid passport,
  • A copy of the passport,
  • 2 passport-sized photos,
  • Proof that you’re allowed to work remotely (in the form of a contract with one or more non-Colombian companies),
  • Proof that you own or are a partner in a business that you can run digitally (if you’re a business owner), and that that business isn’t registered in Colombia,
  • Bank statements for the previous 3 months that prove you make more than COP3,900,818 (~$865,45) per month,
  • A cover letter that explains your motivation behind coming to Colombia and outlines your business plan for your entrepreneurial project (if that’s the case), and
  • Proof of health insurance that covers the Colombian territory and is valid for the entirety of your stay.

If you’re applying with any dependants, you’ll also need:

  • Passports of all the dependants that are coming to Colombia with you,
  • Photocopies of passports of all your dependants, 
  • 2 passport-sized photos for each dependant who’s coming with you,
  • A marriage certificate for your spouse or any other valid proof of your relationship with your common-law partner, and
  • A birth certificate for any minor children. 

All documents need to be:

  • Digitized,
  • In PDF form, and
  • Either in English or in Spanish

However, as is the case with many digital nomad visas, it’s probably best to have both versions on hand and submit everything in Spanish. We’d also advise you to get some professional help when it comes to the translation of all paperwork. 

Although it seems straightforward, you probably have some additional questions regarding requirements. We answer most of them below.

Do I need to book or rent a place in Colombia as part of the visa application?

No, there’s currently no official requirement for proof of residence. Therefore, you don’t really need to book anything in Colombia in advance. 

Do I need a Colombian bank account for the digital nomad visa?

No, you don’t need a Colombian bank account to be eligible for a digital nomad visa in this country. The digital nomad visa, however, will make you eligible for a foreigner ID (La Cédula de Extranjería), which will allow you to open a Colombian bank account if you so wish.

Can I apply for the digital nomad visa if I’m already in Colombia?

Yes, given that all visa applications must be submitted through the online platform on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, you can apply for the visa from within Colombia. If you’re doing that, you must select “office in Bogotá” when picking the menu options.

And, even if you’re not in Colombia, you still need to apply for the visa online before going to the embassy or a consulate in your country (or the country where you’re a resident) to provide physical documents if necessary. This won’t always be the case, and you’ll only be asked to do so if the Visa and Immigration Authority of Colombia deems that seeing your documents in person is a necessity. 

Can freelancing digital nomads with short-term contracts apply for the digital nomad visa? 

Yes, freelancers can apply for the Colombian digital nomad visa, no matter how short or long-term their contracts are. 

As stated in the requirements for the digital nomad visa, you need to provide proof issued by one or more non-Colombian companies that you’re providing your services to them. So, even if you have several short-term contracts, they will count as valid, as long as you can prove:

  • That you have a business relationship with the companies in question,
  • That you’re getting paid for the services you’re providing, and 
  • That you make more than 3 times the minimum monthly salary in Colombia.

Can my family apply for the digital nomad visa with me if I’m the breadwinner?

Yes, digital nomads can include their dependents (spouses, common-law partners, and minor children) on their applications. 

Who is eligible to apply for Colombia’s digital nomad visa?

As mentioned, citizens or permanent residents of countries that don’t require a short-term visa to enter Colombia (according to Resolution 5488) are eligible to apply for the new digital nomad visa. 

When Resolution 5488 came into effect, 100 countries in total were excluded from the short-term visa regime. 

Are you eligible if you are a United States citizen?

Yes, provided they meet all other requirements, US citizens are eligible for digital nomad visas. They can even enter Colombia on an automatic tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days, and then leave Colombia for a day or two and get another 90-day tourist visa. 

This was a tactic that many digital nomads used before, to be able to stay for 6 months in Colombia. This “border hopping” is a fairly common practice among travelers and it’s something the new digital nomad visa will render obsolete.

Are you eligible if you are an EU citizen?

Yes, EU citizens as well as citizens of the European Economic Area can apply for the Colombia digital nomad visa if they meet the necessary requirements.

Just like US citizens, citizens of the EU/EEA don’t require a visa to enter Colombia, as they are issued an automatic 90-day tourist visa upon entry. 

Are you eligible if you are a US Green Card holder?

Yes, having a US Green Card makes you as eligible for the Colombian digital nomad visa as US citizenship. That means that you can enjoy all the privileges US citizens do. 

Are you eligible if you reside in any other country?

Citizens of countries that do require a short-term entry visa for Colombia can’t apply for the digital nomad visa. 

However, it’s worth noting that Colombia exempts citizens of specific countries who hold a US visa or a Schengen visa from needing a short-term stay visa. The countries in question are:

  • Thailand,
  • Cambodia,
  • Myanmar,
  • Vietnam,
  • China,
  • Nicaragua, and
  • India. 

So, citizens of these countries don’t need to apply for a Colombian short-stay visa if they already have a US or Schengen visa. However, it’s not yet known whether they can apply for the Colombian digital nomad visa or not

How do I get a digital nomad visa for Colombia?

One of the major benefits of the Colombian digital nomad visa is that you can (and should) apply for it online. You’ll use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for everything during this process (both applying and tracking your application).

Even though it’s straightforward, the application process can seem complicated. That’s why we prepared this 5-step guide on how to apply for the Colombia digital nomad visa

colombia digital nomad visa a 5-step guide

Step #1: Gather the necessary documents

Before doing anything else, you’ll need to gather the necessary documents. As mentioned, those documents are:

  • A digital copy of your passport,
  • Two digital passport-sized photos,
  • Proof of earnings,
  • Proof you’re a remote worker (or a business owner who can work digitally),
  • Cover letter (for entrepreneurs),
  • Proof of health insurance, and
  • Additional paperwork for dependents (birth and marriage certificates), if necessary.

All of these documents need to be in PDF format, no bigger than 5 MB. The passport photos are the only thing that’s allowed to be in color (the rest of the documents should be black and white), and you need to send them to the Colombian authorities along with your application in JPG format.

As mentioned, all documents can be either in English or in Spanish.

Step #2: Apply online

Once you’ve got all your documents ready, you can apply online. 

You’ll do that by filling out the application form on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. If you’re not sure how to do that, there’s a helpful guide on filling out the application on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. However, keep in mind that it’s in Spanish.

You can attach all your documents to your application. Note that it’s also vital you attach proof of payment of the application fee (COP217,000 ($52)). If you’re not sure how to do that, there’s another guide for the payment process.

Step #3: Wait for approval

After you apply, all you can (and should) do is wait. You can check the progress of your application by visiting the application page on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and entering your visa application number. 

The wait period shouldn’t be longer than 30 business days

Again, because the visa is so new, we don’t really have any testimonials from nomads about the wait times. But, if we take other Colombian visas as a reference, your application should be processed within 30 calendar days instead.

Step #4: Pay the additional fees

If you’ve done everything right, you should receive notice that your visa has been approved. Once you get that, you’ll have to pay another fee that will range between COP710,000—COP1,000,000 ($170–$240), depending on whether you’re bringing your partner and children with you or not. 

Step #5: Enjoy Colombia

Once your application is approved and your fees have been paid, you’ll receive your visa electronically within 10 business days

In total, waiting for the Colombian digital nomad visa shouldn’t be longer than 30–45 days. 

After you receive your visa via email, you’ll be able to apply for a foreigner ID (La Cédula de Extranjería) and begin your digital nomad adventure in Colombia.

Can I live in Colombia without a digital nomad visa while working remotely?

As mentioned before, plenty of travelers and nomads used the “border hopping” hack to stay in Colombia for an extended time. So, you always have an option to do that. 

But, the question isn’t whether you can stay in Colombia without a visa, but rather how long you can be there without a visa.

As per the official information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, as a digital nomad or a remote worker, you have a right to enter Colombia without a short-term stay visa and get an entry permit valid for 90 days. As long as you don’t exchange goods or services with Colombian companies or citizens, you’ll be allowed to work in Colombia remotely. 

After the first 90 days, you’ll also be able to extend your stay for another 90 days. However, after that, you’ll have to leave Colombia (because your stay can’t go over 180 consecutive or nonconsecutive days in one year).

What other types of visas suitable for digital nomads does Colombia offer?

If you don’t qualify for the digital nomad visa, there are other options that you can explore.

The 2 most suitable Colombian visas for digital nomads are:

  • Retiree visa, and
  • Investment visa.
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Here’s a closer look at each of these options.

Type #1: Retiree visa

If you’re close to retirement or have a passive income in the form of a pension, the retirement visa might be the best option for you. 

The Special Temporary Pensioner’s Visa is a Migrant (M) visa, which means it’s different from the new digital nomad visa (which is a Visitor (V) visa). It allows you to live in Colombia as a resident for 3 years, but you can renew it continuously. 

This visa isn’t that hard to obtain. All you have to do is meet all the requirements:

  • You have to be retired,
  • You have to be at least 65 (if you’re a man) or 57 years old (if you’re a woman),
  • You have to either receive a pension every month or have other periodic income,
  • That income has to be equal to or higher than 3 minimum monthly wages in Colombia (COP3,900,818 (~$865,45)),
  • You have to prove the economic dependence of your spouse or partner (if they are applying as your dependent).

The great thing about this visa is that all foreigners can apply for it. However, as you can see, there’s a minimum age requirement as well as a minimum earning requirement that severely limits the suitability of this visa for digital nomads.

Type #2: Investment visa

Another way to get residency status in Colombia is to apply for an investment visa. The Resident Investor’s Visa allows all foreigners to obtain legal residence in Colombia for between 1 to 3 years, as long as they:

  • Invest in a business in Colombia (which employs Colombians) and make the investment at least 100 minimum monthly salaries or around COP130,027,266 ($26,000),
  • Make a capital investment into an existing or new Colombian business of at least 650 minimum monthly salaries or around COP1,002,659,830 ($200,000), or
  • Invest at least 350 minimum monthly salaries or around COP501,329,915 ($100,000) in Colombian real estate.

So, depending on how much money you have to invest and how much time you’re willing to spend on your investment, there are different ways to obtain the investment visa.

Just like with other Colombian visas, the entire application process is done online. However, since this visa requires a large investment, you’ll need to provide proof you’ve actually made it. 

That proof can either come from the International Exchange Department of Banco de la República (if you’re going the direct investment route) or the Colombian Chamber of Commerce (if you opted for the business investment).

It’s important to note that all 3 investment-type visas can be issued for between 1 and 3 years, but you can extend them for as long as you maintain your investment

Which Colombian visa type is best for digital nomads?

Overall, unless you’re looking to make a large investment in Colombia’s economy (whether by opening a business there, investing in an existing company, or buying real estate), the digital nomad visa is the best option for you

It offers all the necessary benefits a digital nomad might need, without requiring much. The Colombian digital nomad visa:

  • Is designed specifically for digital nomads
  • Allows you to stay in Colombia for up to 2 years,
  • Has a straightforward application process,
  • Doesn’t have many restrictions, and
  • Has a very low minimum earnings requirement.

All in all, it seems that the new digital nomad visa — created for the sole purpose of attracting a massive number of digital nomads into the country — will bring Colombia onto the digital nomad map.

Costs you need to consider as a digital nomad in Colombia

Now that we know practically everything there is to know about the Colombia digital nomad visa (for now), it’s time to take a look at Colombia itself. 

What makes life so great in Colombia? And, more importantly, how much does life (and everything it entails) cost in Colombia

You’ll be happy to hear that Colombia is one of South America’s most affordable countries. It also ranks quite high on the global affordability list. That’s one of the factors that contribute to the never-ending love digital nomads seem to have for this country. 

According to the Nomad List, Medellin, one of the hottest digital nomad destinations in Colombia, is in the top 6 cities for digital nomads

Where do nomads like to go most

But, how much does living in Medellin (and Colombia in general) cost these days?

Let’s take a detailed look at the expenses you can expect as a digital nomad in Colombia.

Expense #1: Rent/Accommodation

The average cost of living is 75% less expensive in Colombia than it is in the US. But Colombia isn’t just affordable when compared to economic giants like the US. Its neighbor, Costa Rica, also has a much higher cost of living — life will cost you 45% less in Colombia than it would in Costa Rica. 

This can be a determining factor for digital nomads on a budget.

The main (and biggest) expense that makes up the majority of the “cost of living” is definitely rent or accommodation.

In Colombia, you’ll pay different rent depending on where you settle down. Big cities like Bogotá and Medellin are pricier than rural areas. What’s more, some areas within the same city have vastly different rent prices. 

For example, Bogotá has 6 different areas (or estratos), some of which are more costly than others. The best areas for foreigners are:

  • Chapinero, a trendy district that’s somewhat pricey, but has plenty of street art and a booming LGBTQ+ community,
  • Zona Rosa, which is a “lux” neighborhood that offers plenty of shopping centers and nightclubs (as well as a high rent price tag), and
  • La Candelaria, which is the city’s historic center with plenty of hostels and cheap accommodation.

On average, you’ll pay anywhere between COP1,570,000—COP2,922,500 (~$400 and $700)) for a one-bedroom apartment in Bogotá, while you’ll pay slightly less in Medellin COP1,460,000—COP2,505,000 (~$350—$600)).

City in ColombiaAverage cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment (per month)
BogotáCOP1,570,000—COP2,922,500 (~$400–$700)
MedellinCOP1,460,000—COP2,505,000 (~$350—$600)
CaliCOP1,460,000—1,880,000 (~$350—$450)
CartagenaCOP2,090,000—COP3,340,000 (~$500—$800)
BarranquillaCOP1,045,000—COP1,460,000 (~$250—$350)

Extra tip: Finding good accommodations in Colombia

Finding accommodations that work for you and offer a good value for money can be somewhat difficult in Colombia, as Kukić testified.

Kukic Uros

“When my companions and I booked our accommodations in Bogotá, we found a seemingly luxurious place that looked gorgeous in pictures but ended up being in a not-so-great neighborhood. That’s something you should thoroughly check before picking a place to stay, as not all neighborhoods in Colombia are equally foreigner-friendly or safe.”

He highlights that safety should be the #1 concern, but that you should also check whether you’re getting all the amenities you’re paying for and pay attention to how much you’re paying for them.

Kukic Uros

“The first accommodations in Bogotá ended up not having hot water at all (on top of being in a sketchy neighborhood). Our second find was much better and more enjoyable — it offered much more and we felt a lot safer walking around. However, it was more expensive than our first find.”

So, does that mean that safe accommodations will always be expensive in Colombia? Kukić is on the fence about that.

Kukic Uros

“I definitely recommend getting accommodations that have been verified online and are in a safe neighborhood, even if it means paying a bit more money. However, I have heard from other travelers that a hefty price tag isn’t always a necessity. If you’re renting an apartment for a longer stay, and you’re renting directly from the owner, you can negotiate a lower price. Although haggling is more acceptable with street vendors, apartment owners will often give you a lower price if you rent the place out for a longer period.”

Expense #2: Utilities

On average, Colombians spend around COP250,000—COP415,000 (~$60–$100) on utilities, which include:

  • Water,
  • Electricity,
  • Heating,
  • Cooling, and
  • Garbage.

The estrato system that we already mentioned pretty much determines how much you’ll pay for utilities. It also determines the price of your phone and internet services. Each area has an estrato numero (area number) that is tied to that specific neighborhood. This number is based on the average income of the estrato residents. 

In other words, if you live in a low-income area, you’ll pay less for your utilities and if you live in an affluent area, you’ll pay significantly more. 

Overall, Colombians don’t spend much of their income on utilities — only around 5–6% of their income. 

Average distribution of expenses in Colombia

It’s worth noting that the division of the city into estratas also brought on socio-economic stratification, which is why you’ll often hear locals saying they are from a specific estrata with pride. 

Expense #3: Transportation

Transportation is quite cheap in Colombia, even in major cities. However, getting around Colombia isn’t such an easy feat, as Kukić testifies.

Kukic Uros

“I don’t think many people realize just how big Colombia is. So, going from one city to another isn’t easy or quick. Traveling from Bogotá to Medellin by bus, for example, takes around 9 hours! The bus ticket is cheap, but taking a flight there might be a better option (although more expensive, of course).”

So, paying a bit more might be something you want to consider, if you’re looking to get from one part of the country to another. But what about local transportation? Kukić had some advice about that as well.

Kukic Uros

“If you’re looking to explore the city you’re in, I definitely recommend taking an Uber or a taxi, especially during rush hour, because the buses will be crowded. Ubers are usually cheaper than taxis, and you can get wherever you’re going for $5–$10. If you do opt to catch a taxi, make sure you use the app Cabify. Hailing taxis on the streets can be quite dangerous, as there are a lot of unlicensed vehicles that pose as taxis that will charge you an arm and a leg for the trip (or worse).”

Luckily, finding your way around specific cities, especially the big ones, is much easier. Both Bogotá and Medellin have excellent public transportation systems (TransMilenio and SITP in Bogotá and the Metro and public bus systems in Medellin, for example).

It’s important to note that the fare system is quite complicated both in Bogotá and Medellin. The price of your ticket depends on which type of vehicle you’re in, and you can’t hop on and off as you please. 

For example, taking a metro in Medellin and then switching to a bus will cost you around COP2,500 (~$0.55) but catching a tram after the metro makes your ticket more expensive (around COP4,000 (~$0.87)). 

The same goes for the system in Bogotá. Using the TransMilenio system costs COP2,950 (~$0.65) while using the bus system costs COP2,750 (~$0.60). Switching between the TransMilenio vehicles and the buses is free, but if you want to hop on a TransMilenio cable car after riding the bus, you’ll have to pay an additional COP200 (~$0.043).

Expense #4: Groceries

Your monthly grocery bill depends on several different factors:

  • The type of produce you opt to buy,
  • In which city you buy them, and
  • In which area you buy them.

Overall, Colombia has affordable groceries. However, you have to be mindful of where and when you shop. Going to local markets and buying groceries from local vendors will probably be cheaper than buying imported products in touristy areas. 

Here’s an overview of some prices in Colombia.

GroceriesGrocery prices in Colombia
Milk (1 liter (~33.8 fl oz))COP4.057 ($0.88)
Bread (1 loaf)COP4,518 ($0.98)
Water (1.5 liters (~50.7 fl oz))COP2,812 ($0.61)
Chicken (1 kilogram (~2.2 pounds))COP15,215 ($3.30)
Eggs (12)COP7,600 ($1.65)
Red meat (1 kilogram (~2.2 pounds))COP20,515 ($4.45)
Bananas (1 kilogram (~2.2 pounds))COP3,320 ($0.72)

Expense #5: Restaurants, cafes, and bakeries

One of the biggest misconceptions that people make about Colombia is that everything is cheap. Yes, the country has a lower standard of living than most other countries. However, that doesn’t mean you can get everything dirt cheap.

If you’re trying to be mindful of your budget, try to avoid pricy restaurants in trendy neighborhoods. A meal in one of those can cost you anywhere between COP92,200 and COP184,000 ($20 and $40).

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat out in Colombia. Fast food, street food, as well as most restaurants will give you a delicious, traditional Colombian meal for very few pesos. A meal at a street food restaurant will usually cost under COP23,000 ($5). However, since the food is so amazing, the expenses can add on, so be careful.

Also, be mindful of which food you opt to eat. 

For example, you probably know that tap water isn’t fit for drinking in Colombia. But, it’s also smart to avoid bolis vendors that you’ll often see on the street. 

Those are the vendors that carry huge coolers of cheap drinks. Although they might seem alluring, especially on a scorchingly hot day, it’s best to avoid them. The drinks are usually just colored sugar-flavored water and the water isn’t filtered. Therefore, you’ll most likely regret that drink.

The same goes for cheap sausages you see on the street. Instead of those, opt to eat arepas, the most traditional Colombian dish as those are always safe for consumption.

Expense #6: Internet

As mentioned, Colombia has been working hard on digitizing everything, and that was partially possible due to the availability of Internet. Colombia ranks 4th in the entire South America when it comes to internet speed and availability. It’s worth noting, though, that there’s quite a big divide between urban and rural areas — Internet isn’t as readily accessible everywhere as it is in the big cities. 

Therefore, if you’re planning on traveling through rural Colombia with your laptop in your backpack, you might have trouble finding a spot to work from.

If you stick to urban areas, you won’t have any trouble getting stable internet access. What’s more, it will also be quite cheap — your monthly internet bill shouldn’t cost you more than COP96,300–COP137,500 ($20–$30).

Expense #7: Coworking space

You won’t have any trouble finding coworking spaces in Colombia. The country’s digital boom lead to plenty of innovation in Colombia, and the arrival of coworking spaces was just one of them.

According to the Coworking Insights study, the average monthly cost of coworking spaces in Colombia is around COP585,000 ($140), which is the 4th lowest average price in South America.

Kukić mentions that the availability of coworking spaces both in Bogotá and Medellin is one of the best things Colombia has to offer to digital nomads.

Kukic Uros

“Walking around downtown in both cities, we saw coworking spaces practically on every corner. There are really plenty of them and the prices vary depending on what you need and how long you need it for. I think this is an excellent feature for digital nomads, considering that pulling out your laptop in a cafe on a busy street isn’t exactly recommended in Colombia. Even if you’re in a safe neighborhood, the locals will still advise you against doing that.”

Do digital nomads pay tax in Colombia?

One of the major reasons Colombia introduced the digital nomad visa is to get digital nomads and expats to participate in the economy. So, the answer to this question is a definitive yes

Colombia taxes worldwide income, but only if you’re a resident of the country. If you’re a non-resident, you’ll only be taxed on your national income (in other words, Colombian-based income), which you aren’t allowed to have. 

To qualify as a resident, you need to spend more than 183 (consecutive or nonconsecutive) days in Colombia. Once you do, you’re considered a tax resident and you need to pay taxes for all income acquired (whether locally or globally). 

Residents are taxed depending on their income level (between 19% and 39%), while non-residents are taxed at a flat rate of 35%

What are the benefits of being a digital nomad in Colombia?

Ever since it cleaned up its image and significantly lowered its crime rate, Colombia has been on the list of must-visit places for many people. There are plenty of reasons for that but the welcoming locals, affordable cost of living, and a wonderful, diverse nature are probably the top 3. 

But, what about digital nomads? What benefits does Colombia have that make it especially appealing to remote workers and digital nomads

Let’s take a look at the top 7.

benefits of being a digital nomad in colombia

Benefit #1: Diverse nature and wildlife

Officially, Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world. However, if we take size into account, Colombia is actually the most biodiverse country per square mile. 10% of the Amazonian rainforest is located within Colombia’s borders. That’s 2.1 million square miles of nature that are yours for exploring! 

If you don’t know where to start, the world’s largest tropical rainforest national park, Serranía de Chiribiquete, might be a good starting point. The rainforest meets the Andes there, creating sights you won’t likely forget for the rest of your life.

But even if you don’t have the time to hike through the Amazonian rainforest, Colombian nature still has plenty to offer. 

There are 59 national parks and protected areas in Colombia, with varying ecosystems, climates, and species. They protect the wildlife as well as the cultural and architectural heritage of some of the 115 Colombian indigenous communities

There are 51,330 species of wildlife in Colombia, 14% of which are endemic to this country. That means that Colombia can really offer you once-in-a-lifetime experiences and sights.

Benefit #2: Extremely affordable cost of living 

International Living named Colombia as the cheapest place to live in 2023 out of all the places with a high quality of life. On top of that, earning in a strong currency, such as the US dollar or euro, gives foreigners a lot more purchasing power in Colombia.

The average cost of living in Colombia is between COP2,505,000—COP4,175,000 ($600 and $1,000), although a lot of locals will tell you they (more or less) easily spend much less every month. 

Digital nomads or frugal tourists can also spend much less for a month in Colombia, as Kukić explained.

Kukic Uros

“The amount of money you spend in Colombia depends on where you go and how you act. If you’re there for a vacation, you’ll eat out for every meal in trendy restaurants and go out every other night to bars and clubs. When you do that, the expenses add up and you find yourself with a pretty high total at the end of the month. But if you buy groceries at markets and eat at local restaurants, you can keep your expenses fairly low.”

So although cheap, Colombia can also be expensive if you don’t mind your spending. Still, a month in Colombia will rarely cost you as much as a month anywhere in North America and most of Europe.

Most groceries and other costs of living are quite affordable in Colombia because the average monthly earnings are quite low. And, although many would think that low earnings must mean a low quality of life, that’s not the case in Colombia. Both quality of life and life happiness are somewhat high in this country. 

Benefit #3: Plenty of civil liberties

Colombia is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America, and yet, it was also one of the most violent countries in South America up until recently. So, given the country’s history, many are quite surprised to hear that today, Colombia offers quite a few of civil liberties and political rights to its citizens and visitors. 

What’s more, the situation gets better every year — ever since Colombia elected its first leftist government, the civil liberties index in this country rose from 64 to 70 points on the Freedom House’s Global Freedom Score scale.

Even LGBTQ+ rights are at a high level — Colombia scored admirable 71 points on the Equality Index. Both same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage are legal there, and the public opinion on the legal recognition of gay rights is quite favorable. 

Benefit #4: Stable and reliable Internet

As mentioned, there’s a pretty big difference in internet availability between big cities and rural areas. However, thanks to government initiatives to reduce the divide between rural and urban areas, you’re more likely to find a reliable connection in the countryside of Colombia these days than a couple of years ago. Of course, the level of internet availability still isn’t evened out throughout the country, so expect your internet connection to be of much higher quality in big cities than in rural areas. 

The good news is that Colombian authorities are continually working on increasing internet coverage, and have plans to cover more than 85% of the country by the end of 2023

On top of that, Colombia ranks 4th when it comes to internet speed and connection stability in the entire South American region.

Benefit #5: Fantastic (and peculiar) weather 

If you want to live in a place that has all four seasons, then Colombia is the place for you. 

However, there’s a twist!

Colombia has all four seasons, but they rarely happen in the same place. For example, Medellin is the city of eternal spring, Cali is the summer destination, while Bogotá, the third highest capital in the world, offers those fall (and sometimes winter) vibes. 

So, if you’re a fan of a particular season, Colombia has a place for you where you’ll get to enjoy it year-round. 

However, that also means you should be mindful of the forecast when you visit Colombia. If you’re going for a short-term trip, the weather can be a real problem, as Kukić testified. 

Kukic Uros

“I really had bad luck with weather while I was in Colombia. Bogotá was particularly tricky, because I was there in October. It was quite humid and there was fog everywhere, even when I visited the world-famous Monserrate! Let me tell you, that view is a lot less impressive during thick fog! However, I had better luck when I relocated to Medellin, because that city really is the city of eternal spring. There was plenty of rain there as well, but also quite a few sunny afternoons!”

So, be mindful of the forecast when you go sightseeing, people!

Another advantage of Colombia’s peculiar weather is that it’s ideal for a myriad of plants. Thanks to the warm, humid climate, Colombia is the 2nd largest exporter of cut flowers in the world. There are over 4,000 species of orchids alone, 1,543 of which can only be found in Colombia!

Benefit #6: Interesting activities every day

Colombia has something that plenty of visitors, be they tourists or expats and digital nomads appreciate — the fun factor

There’s always something happening in Colombia. No matter where you’re staying (in a big city or a small beach town), you’ll always have a bar or club to go to, a carnival to see (or participate in), or an activity to keep you entertained.

The world’s 2nd biggest carnival happens in Colombia (in Barranquilla, to be precise), and you can also visit the world-famous flower carnival.

But, it’s not just carnivals that will keep you busy. Colombians love to party and dance. Holidays and celebrations are an integral part of their culture, which means you’ll never be short on activities. 

Benefit #7: Ideal time zone for North Americans

As if everything we listed above wasn’t enough, Colombia is also a great destination for digital nomads because of its location. 

Not only is it ideally located for exploring Central and South America, but also is in the ideal time zone — there’s only one hour of difference between Colombia and North America.

What are the drawbacks of being a digital nomad in Colombia?

Now that we’ve tempted you with all the best things Colombia has to offer, it’s time to talk about some of the drawbacks

Although affordable and gorgeous, Colombia still has several issues that many digital nomads might have an issue with. 

Let’s take a look at the 3 most prominent ones.

drawbacks of being a digital nomad in colombia

Drawback #1: Safety is still an issue

Although beautiful and often welcoming, Colombia still has an issue with safety. You’ll often hear tourists and nomads tell you which areas of Colombia and even neighborhoods are safe for foreigners and which aren’t. 

For example, in Medellin, tourists tend to stick to 3 areas:

  • El Poblado,
  • Envigado, and
  • Laureles.

Safety isn’t as bad as what you see and hear in the media. There are no cartel wars, and you won’t get kidnapped for ransom. 

However, the possibility of you wandering off into the wrong area and getting mugged is high. Kukić mentions how that’s something that can easily happen.

Kukic Uros

“I’ve taken a turn into what seems to be a well-lit, big street and felt the vibe change completely more than once. Getting into an area that’s “off” isn’t difficult at all — all it takes is one turn, and you find ourself being followed while you’re walking down the street. Of course, that won’t happen to you while you’re downtown or in the historical areas, but no matter where you go, you really have to trust your instincts and stay vigilant. Stick to the areas that are safe and full of people, and don’t go out at night by yourself!”

So, you have to take precautions and use common sense when visiting Colombia. The good news is that, after a while, that will stop being weird to you and you’ll get used to those extra precautions, as they will become a part of your normal routine. 

Drawback #2: Noise is everywhere, all the time

Colombia is very noisy, so prepare to be constantly distracted. There’s always music playing from somewhere. Even in rural, remote areas, people are always loudly talking, and there’s plenty of traffic. 

The noise is pretty much constant, no matter what time of day or night we’re talking about.

So, if you plan on working while traveling through Colombia, it might be a good idea to invest in noise-canceling headphones.

Drawback #3: There are plenty of temptations

Remember when we said you’ll never be bored in Colombia? Well, that coin has a not-so-pleasant side to it as well.

There’s always something to do in Columbia, which means there are plenty of temptations everywhere. There are parties at every corner with people dancing and inviting you to join in. What’s more, clubs usually work all night (every night), which can be a real problem, as Kukić mentioned.

Kukic Uros

“Going to a country that’s so into partying is great when you’re on vacation. But when you have work in the morning, it’s really hard to maintain a proper work-life balance. On the one hand, you want to experience Colombian life and immerse yourself in their culture but on the other hand, you have to actually work the majority of the week. The fact that the temptation is constant doesn’t help either. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself logging in the morning completely exhausted!”

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5 Best destinations for digital nomads in Colombia

It’s clear that Colombia has a lot to offer to digital nomads, but Colombia is also a massive country. So which destinations are the best for digital nomads? Which destinations will make your stay in Colombia unforgettable?

Here are our top 5 picks.

5 Best destinations for digital nomads in Colombia

Medellin — Best for those looking for a big digital nomad community

Population: 2.59 million

City area: 147mi² (382 km2)

Time zone: GMT-5

Average internet speed: 93.46 Mbps (median download speed), 32.99 Mbps (median upload speed)

Average cost of living: COP7,515,000 ($1,800) per month for a family of four, COP2,925,000 ($700) per month for a single person (rent not included)

Average rent: COP1,460,000—COP2,505,000 ($350–$600) per month for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center

Biggest advantage: A huge expat and digital nomad community

Biggest drawback: The air pollution 

Medellin is currently the top digital nomad destination. It ranks quite highly on plenty of lists of best cities for digital nomads because it has everything a wandering worker might want:

  • Great sights, 
  • Fast internet, 
  • Beautiful spring weather, and 
  • Friendly locals. 

This city worked really hard on rehabilitating its reputation. What was once a cartel playground is now a well-developed city with excellent infrastructure, great (although somewhat limited) public transport, and plenty of nature. Medellin is also full of friendly, family-oriented people who will be quick to welcome you into the community. 

Where to work in Medellin

As mentioned, there are plenty of coworking spaces in Medellin. The best-reviewed one is Tinkko Coworking Medellín — Milla de Oro. It has 4.6 stars from 407 voters.

Bogotá — Best for those looking to experience big city living

Population: 7.18 million

City area: 613mi² (1,636 km2)

Time zone: GMT-5

Average internet speed: 103.31 Mbps (median download speed), 43.92 Mbps (median upload speed)

Average cost of living: COP7,515,000 ($1,800) per month for a family of four, COP2,925,000 ($700) for a single person (rent not included)

Average rent: COP1,570,000—COP2,922,500 (~$400–$700) per month for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center

Biggest advantage: The capital offers the best amenities and infrastructure

Biggest drawback: High altitude means colder weather

Although plenty of people forgo Bogotá to get to Medellin and Cartagena, this city isn’t something you want to miss out on. The gastronomical center of Colombia, Bogotá is the perfect spot for foodies looking to explore and experience as much as possible. 

One of the biggest advantages of Bogotá for digital nomads is that it’s well-connected. Getting around the city (and to other cities) is easy and cheap, which means you don’t need a car. However, keep in mind that Bogotá is a city with over 7 million people, which means that rush hour in public transport can be quite horrific. 

As a city nestled in between massive mountains, Bogotá is literally surrounded by nature. If you’re an avid hiker, you’ll have the time of your life in Bogotá as hiking trails are practically everywhere. 

Where to work in Bogotá

Considering that Bogotá is the nation’s capital and also the most populous city, it’s logical to assume there will be quite a few coworking spaces. The best-rated one is WeWork Espacios de Oficinas Amobladas & Coworking which has 4.7 stars based on 946 reviews.

Cartagena — Best for those who want a more relaxed lifestyle

Population: 914,552

City area: 32.1mi² (83.2 km2)

Time zone: GMT-5

Average internet speed: 1.7.02 Mbps (median download speed), 37.41 Mbps (median upload speed)

Average cost of living: COP7,515,000 ($1,800) per month for a family of four, COP3,970,000 ($950) per month for a single person (rent not included)

Average rent: COP2,090,000—COP3,340,000 (~$500—$800) per month for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center

Biggest advantage: Beachtown relaxed lifestyle

Biggest drawback: More expensive than other cities

Known as the Caribbean crown jewel, Cartagena is a dream come true for everyone who loves a good beach town. 

This former Spanish colony has perfectly preserved historical architecture, stunning scenery, and wonderful weather. 

If you’re looking for a place in Colombia where you’ll get to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle, Cartagena is the right pick for you. You’ll be able to spend your days walking through the old town enjoying the sights and history, lounge away the afternoons on one of the many white, sandy beaches, and eat your meals in one of the many wonderful restaurants that serve authentic, delicious Colombian food. What more can you ask for?

However, keep in mind that Cartagena is a touristy spot. Over 2 million tourists visit Cartagena every year, so be prepared to bump into plenty of tourists during the high season. 

Furthermore, also be prepared to pay for everything (including food and accommodation) more than you would in Bogota or Medellin. Cartagena is, on average, around 30% more expensive than the two major Colombian cities.

Where to work in Cartagena

Although a smaller town than Medellin and Bogota, Cartagena still has quite a few coworking spaces. The best reviewed is Selina Cartagena & Coworking Space, which has 4.1 stars based on more than 1,500 reviews. Impressive!

Cali — Best for summer lovers

Population: 2.23 million

City area: 239mi² (619 km2)

Time zone: GMT-5

Average internet speed: 89.16 Mbps (median download speed), 32.97 Mbps (median upload speed)

Average cost of living: COP6,2650,000 ($1,500) per month for a family of four, COP2,505,000 ($600) per month for a single person (rent not included)

Average rent: COP1,460,000—1,880,000 (~$350—$450) per month for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center

Biggest advantage: A top beach destination

Biggest drawback: Lack of infrastructure

Warm and humid climate, plenty of sunny days, and beach parties — those are the top 3 features of Cali.

This beach city is a tropical paradise that doesn’t lack culture. There are so many churches and historical buildings (done in various architectural styles) around this city that you’ll have trouble finding the time to appreciate them all. You’ll also find a wonderful, kind community of people in Cali.

This destination offers much more than beaches and sand. Cali is surrounded by nature and it’s actually an amazing spot for everyone who loves bird-watching, photography, and hiking. 

Where to work in Cali

Although it doesn’t have as many coworking spaces as Bogotá and Medellin, Cali won’t leave you hanging if you’re looking for a desk. Out of 20 or so spaces, the best-rated one is El Lab Coworking, which has 4.7 stars based on 328 reviews.

Barranquilla — Best for those looking to party

Population: 1.21 million

City area: 59.46mi² (154 km2)

Time zone: GMT+1

Average internet speed: 92.04 Mbps (median download speed), 33.21 Mbps (median upload speed)

Average cost of living: COP6,890,000 ($1,650) per month for a family of four, COP2,925,000 ($700) per month for a single person (rent not included)

Average rent: COP1,045,000—COP1,460,000 (~$250—$350) per month for a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center

Biggest advantage: Plenty of carnivals and parties 

Biggest drawback: Internet connectivity isn’t the best

Barranquilla is home to the 2nd largest carnival in the world, which is just one of many reasons this destination is on our list. The Barranquilla festival is a true display of Colombian culture and not something you want to miss if you have the opportunity to participate. 

A true party city, Barranquilla is a great spot for everyone who wants to party like a Colombian. However, it’s also a versatile city because, aside from parties, Barranquilla also has plenty of historical heritage to offer. There are more than a dozen museums in the city that will bring the city’s (and country’s) history closer to you.

Where to work in Barranquilla

Although you’ll have to work to find them, Barranquilla does have coworking spaces. The best-rated one is LYD House Prado, and it has 4.7 stars based on 203 reviews.

Tips for digital nomads in Colombia

Colombia is a country that requires visitors to have some street smarts. Don’t get us wrong, the locals are quite welcoming and the atmosphere in Colombia is amazing. 

Still, Colombia isn’t exactly the safest country in the world. That’s why you need to keep a few things in mind, especially if you’re a solo traveler.

Here are the best tips for digital nomads in Colombia. 

Tip #1: Don’t give papaya (No dar papaya!)

The first thing any local in Colombia will tell you when you ask for advice is “No dar papaya!” which literally means “Don’t give papaya.

Colombians love papaya, so if you put out a plate of it in front of them, they will take some. The same goes for your belongings.

The gist of the saying is that you shouldn’t show off everything (or anything) that you have and own because that gives people the opportunity to take them.

So, be mindful of your possessions and don’t put yourself in a situation where you might get easily mugged. 

For example, don’t walk in crowded areas with your phone out, because someone might pass by you on a bike and take it right from your hand. The same goes for leaving your phone on your table in a coffee shop or restaurant.

And, while on that topic, it’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t take out your laptop in a cafe or a restaurant and work on it, especially if you’re sitting in an area that’s a bit sketchy. 

Tip #2: Don’t forget to take extra precautions at night

Areas that might seem perfectly safe during the day can completely transform at night. If you’re out during the night, make sure you’re extra careful. 

Don’t go back to your accommodation on foot, even if you’re in a group of 2–3 people (and especially if you’re alone). Instead, get an Uber or a taxi, it’s safer. 

Also, try to go to ATMs during the day. It’s best not to go to one after dark since that’s when most snatch-and-runs happen. 

Tip #3: Don’t bring your phone to the club

If you’re going clubbing, don’t bring your phone. You’ll be dancing anyway, so you won’t really need it. 

If you do have to bring it, don’t take it out while in a crowd, because someone can easily take it. They’ll bump into you, snatch the phone from your hand, and disappear into the crowd.  

Tip #4: Don’t fall for scams

Just like in any other country, there are plenty of tourist scams in Colombia. Some of them are harmless and the scammers are looking to get a little bit of money from you. 

For example, most tour guides that roam the beaches and offer tours will charge you much more than a tour agency would. However, other scams can be more serious than that. 

Getting on a back of a motor taxi, for example, is like playing a game of Russian roulette — the drive might be cheap and uneventful, but they also might drive you the long way around and take way more money than they ought to. Not to mention, traffic conditions in Colombia are far from ideal. 

Also, all you single people who are looking to mingle in Colombia, beware of Tinder scams. If your match offers to come to your hotel room out of nowhere, it’s most likely a scam to get you robbed. It’s much better to meet them in a public, well-lit (and safe) area first. 

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Further reading for digital nomads in Colombia

As much as we try to make this guide as comprehensive and all-encompassing as possible, it simply can’t cover everything that you need to know about Colombia and the experiences of digital nomads in this country. 

That’s why we prepared this list of additional resources we hope you find helpful. Here are some pages you should definitely visit if you’re planning on visiting Colombia on a digital nomad visa:

  • If you need more detailed testimonials of digital nomads who have spent some time in Colombia, check out Facebook groups like Digital Nomads Medellin, Digital Nomads Bogota, as well as groups that house nomads who have been beyond Colombia, such as the Digital Nomads Hub
  • If you’re looking for a community as well as detailed, real-time information about how digital nomads rank specific places, then becoming a part of the Nomad List might be a good idea. You’ll find plenty of information about being a digital nomad there. 

Colombia: Get to the newest digital nomad hub 

Although it has taken a few years, Colombia has slowly but surely put itself on the map for digital nomads. The countless benefits it has to offer (like the stunning nature and the extremely affordable cost of living) outweigh the few downsides of this country, which is why Colombia is on the list of places to visit for many nomads.

Luckily, this is something the Colombian government predicted, which is why they established the new Colombia digital nomad visa. The visa allows nomads to live and work in Colombia, provided they:

  • Can prove they work or run their own business remotely,
  • Earn more than COP3,900,818 (~$865,45) per month,
  • Can prove none of their income comes from Colombian companies or citizens, and
  • Can prove they have adequate health insurance

In return, the Colombian government will allow them to work remotely from this country for up to 2 years and function as its residents.

Considering that these requirements are quite lax, it’s no wonder that more and more nomads are setting sail for Colombia. 

Colombia digital nomads visa guide disclaimer

We hope this Colombia digital nomad visa guide has been helpful and that you enjoyed reading it. Throughout the guide, we have given you various links that might lead you to new interesting data or simply to articles that will expand your knowledge on various Colombia-related topics.

Please bear in mind that our article has been written in Q3 of 2023, so any changes that are made in the Colombia digital nomad visa procedures or laws after that time have not been included. 

Before you start the application process, we advise you to consult with certified representatives, lawyers, and institutions that can provide you with all the information needed. 

Pumble is not responsible for any negative responses, losses, or risks incurred, should this guide be used without further guidance from legal and other official advisors.


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