It started December 1st of 2014. Colombia decided to put a reciprocity fee to Canadian Citizens entering Colombia who do not have a pre-existing visa. There already existed a fee for Colombians to pay a visa to enter Canada. However, Canada also issued a fee for the use of biometrics for Colombians entering the country.
What this spells out for Canadians is as follows:
A fee of $88 CAD/160.000 Colombian pesos per person will be charged at a counter prior to immigration. The fee is valid for a single entry into the country.
There are only 3 ways to pay: international credit card, debit card or cash but the only acceptable form of cash will be in Colombian pesos.
The fee does not apply to Canadian citizens who:
•are under the age of 15 or over the age of 78
•hold a valid visa to enter Colombia
•are connecting through a Colombian airport to another country
•are headed to the archipelago of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina
•hold a diplomatic passport and are travelling on official duty (this includes delegates)
From all that we’ve read this fee will also apply at land border crossings.
Some websites were reporting Cartagena was also an exempt destination, but we saw the sign and payment counter ourselves and it is the title image of this article.
Passengers who are unable to pay the fee will not be allowed into Colombia.