Colombia is a dinamic business environment attracts many expats from across the world. Most career-minded professionals make their way to Bogotá, one of the world´s largest cities.

CURRENCY CONVERSION:
1 USD ($) = 3,240 COP ($)

GDP PER CAPITAL:
Colombia: QUITARLO

INFLATION RATE:
Colombia: 3.3%

TIMEZONE:
Colombia: 10:56 (GMT-5)

CLIMATE:
The climate is very warm and tropical on the coast and in the north, with a rainy season from May to November.

MAIN LANGUAGES:
Spanish is the official language, but English is occasionally used.

MAIN RELIGION:
Although the Catholic Church is predominant in Colombia, ohter religious beliefs are freely practiced

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Cities of Colombia

Cost of living

One of the main benefits in Colombia is how cheap it is. It is great value from the perspective of an expat or second home buyer.

COLOMBIA

Meal

Expensive restaurants

15.96€

Rent per month

3 bedrooms in city center

425.7€

Utilities

Basic (electricity, heating…)

58.25€

CUSTOM PROFILE

 

You need the“M” type visa

because you are a US citizen

To apply, you need these documents:

 

  • - Summary of the employment contract
  • - Summary of the employment contract
  • - Summary of the employment contract
  • - Summary of the employment contract
  • - Summary of the employment contract

Visa information

In december 2017, Colombia changed its visa rules. The new system allows for expats two options: Migrant "M" type visa: for those who want to enter the country and live there on a temporary basis. Residente "R" type visa: for those who want to establish themselves in Colombia permanently.

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News about Colombia

Renting property

The cost of renting an apartment or house in Colombia varies depending on location and size. Do expect an increase in rent every 12 months, which is usual in Colombia. The increase cannot be above 100% of the Consumer Price Indez (Colombia is CPI) for the next year.

Healthcare

Public and private medical services are available in the country. Public healthcare has been criticized for being overcrowded and inefficient.

Best hospitals and clinics

Safety

Living in Colombia is safer than in man other countries around the world. As a matter of fact, Bogotá and Medellín, the two largest cities in te contry, rank safer than quite a few U.S. cities. Like in any country around the world, there is crime. However, in the expat-centric areas, crime generally takes place in the form of pick-pocketing in crowds and theft of unattended items.

Violent Crimes

First-degree crimes per 100,000 residents annually

South America average

Colombia

62

Property Crimes

Second-degree crimes per 100,000 residents annually

South America average

Colombia

58

Education

Colombia has a wide variety of international schools that provide hight-quality education, extracurricular activities, and facilities. The majority are found in the capital city of Bogotá. Expats in Colombia will find plenty of options for daycare too. Kindergartens are in all cities and provide care or pre-school education to children up to five years of age.

Best schools and universities

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