Information of interest in a move to Colombia
The Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Santiago Rojas Arroyo said in January that “Colombia is a model of economic openness to the world.” Rojas has highlighted the opportunities in the mining and energy sector. Despite the negative news, the minister stressed the “importance of exports” and offered as an allied state to do business (in fact, it ranks third in the 2014 Doing Business).
Search for accommodation in Colombia
Mudinmar is looking for accommodation, either temporary or definitive. If you are traveling as a freelancer or student, in Bogotá you have 500 euros rooms, perfectly furnished and in quiet areas. Before moving on to the sites that we recommend, the diverse offer of places is limited if you are looking to avoid long trips. Living near work, services and children’s school. Within the Capital District of Bogotá is the town of Usaquén.
Uses and customs of Colombia
Colombia enjoys a tropical climate, humid in the coast and the plain, and more temperate in altitude. From December to April you will especially enjoy this country of so diverse orography (plateaus, mountains and great valleys). In addition to football and cycling, Colombia stands out in sport especially for the so-called “yew”, practiced more than 500 years ago in the center-east of the country, mainly. At first it was called “turmequé” among the natives: a gold disc was thrown to a clay court, 18 meters away, in order to exploit envelopes with gunpowder, but it is still very practiced and is part of Colombian culture (in 2000 it was declared National Sports of Colombia), has even reached the surrounding countries. At the written press level, you will stay informed thanks to the free DNA newspaper (Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Bucaramanga), Diario del Sur (San Juan de Pasto), El Catolicismo (the oldest in the country, is integrated into El Weather), El Colombiano (Medellín), El Heraldo (Barranquilla), El Universal (Cartagena de Indias), La Opinión (Cúcuta), La República (Bogotá) and El Mundo (in Medellín), among others.
Neighborhoods and areas of interest in Colombia and Bogotá
Colombia is divided into three main areas: the Andes mountain range, the coastal and inter-Andean valleys, and the eastern plains and the Amazon rainforest. We recommend the following neighborhoods: Santa Barbara and Santa Ana, exclusive and safe, parks and all kinds of services; The Carolina, where you can get from apartments for rent for one million two hundred thousand pesos a month or apartments of 120 meters for the purchase for 400 or 450 million pesos; Rosales, the political class has traditionally chosen this area to live; and Salitre, in the last decade has become one of the “fashionable” neighborhoods, where the main drawback is that the properties have tripled their value. Do not forget to take a look at the neighborhood of La Candelaria.
Cities of Colombia where we can work with you
Colombia is divided into departments. Mudinmar offers service to the following cities, from Valencia, Balearic or Canary Islands (or vice versa): Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena de Indias, San José de Cucutá, Soledad, Ibagué, Bucaramanga, Soacha.
Customs Information of Colombia
Colombian regulation makes a distinction between what is a household item and unaccompanied luggage, among others. Mudinmar then makes an explanation of the document that is detailed at the top of the page in pdf (among others, who can bring utensils to Colombia?). An item of each appliance and a maximum of three televisions are allowed. Only one household item can be entered and it has a term of 120 calendar days after the immigration stamp indicated in your passport. (The utensils must have been acquired during the period of residence of the owner abroad and come from the country of residence.)
- Does not include motorized vehicles (considering toys)
- no heavy tool or housing construction materials fit
- does not include liquor or edibles
- constitutes furniture
- kitchen items are included
- household appliances and household normal use accessories are considered household items
Personal effects of the family, as an example:
- clothes for personal use
- Fertilizers, Fertilizers, Chemicals, Herbicides
- Oils, Lubricants, Greases
Services associated upon arrival in Colombia
- Storage at destination: we can offer storage service in any city in Canada.
- Insurance: we recommend full risk insurance for transoceanic or intercontinental shipments. Do not forget that we do not insure goods packed by the customer.
- Delivery at destination: you can choose the day of delivery for door-to-door services. Our agents in Canada, with whom we maintain a close collaboration, will advise you on all the details of the delivery at your home with the relevant restrictions.
Import of animals to Colombia (dogs and cats)
After arriving in Colombia and registering your pet’s entry, Mudinmar explains the next step: you must approach the ICA Office of Port Health at the Airport or port with the documents detailed below (and with your pet, to its inspection and subsequent authorization).
- Animal health certificate (race, sex, age must be specified). Validity of eight days.
- Original and photocopy of the vaccination card according to species and age.
To avoid problems in an international move to Colombia it is important to take into account the following recommendations:
International moving of companies to Colombia
Many companies usually make the move or the international move of their headquarters to offer a better service to both their own workers and their customers.
In Mudinmar we help companies to make corporate transfers easier. The international corporate move to Colombia implies a high level of stress, the client does not have to worry about anything, our technicians are responsible for identifying the logistics needs of the company to choose the size, location and orientation of the office.
A technical project is carried out in accordance with the special needs of each company, we prepare a master plan to find the most appropriate solution for the corporate transfer of the facilities, so that the operation of the company is not diminished during the process.
We offer weekend services so that transfers and international moving do not hinder the proper functioning of the company and do not miss the usual work rhythm. We manage the files and documents, and we also take care of their storage, labeling, control and re-delivery in their facilities. We also carry out moving, moving and assembling furniture, connecting and commissioning of computer equipment, installing servers, safes. etc.
Vehicle transport to Colombia
For the vehicle transport section, the transfer of a car from the USA to Colombia is worth an example. The vehicle, as a general rule, must be new.
Visas and permits for your international move to Colombia
There is no restriction depending on the nationality when making an international move to Colombia. A visa is required except for nationals of the following countries who will stay for a maximum of 90 days in Colombian territory for tourism purposes only: Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador , Spain, United States, Finland, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and foreign residents of Canada and the United States.
No temporary visitor visa or entry permit is required when it comes to transit through Colombia for up to 24 hours.
Those travelers who wish to go to Colombia for work or study reasons, must apply for a visa or permit at Colombian consulates accredited abroad.
Visas can be temporary or resident. The first ones are granted to people who enter without the intention of establishing themselves definitively in Colombia, the second ones are granted to those who intend to do so definitively.
Other documents that are worth having during the trips are:
- Student card
- Vaccination certificates
- Travel or medical assistance insurance
- Recent passport-sized photographs
- Photocopies of passport, credit cards, insurance and others.