Starting this Wednesday, November 9, citizens of three South American countries will be able to enter the United Kingdom without a tourist visa.
According to the British government, Colombia, Peru and Guyana are the three countries whose residents will be able to travel to the United Kingdom without applying for a visa, all to strengthen commercial ties with the three regions.
This Wednesday the first commercial flight with Colombian passengers who can already enjoy this benefit will depart from Bogota for London.
Peruvians, Guyanas and Colombians must meet minimum conditions such as: having a return ticket or carrying a passport that is longer than the time spent in tourism.
The tourism permanence of citizens of the three South American countries cannot exceed 180 days in a year.
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On the other hand, if Colombians wish to travel to the UK as visitors for medical treatment or short-term study, they can do so without a visa.
For long-term visits, residence, work or long-term study trips, they must go through the process of obtaining a visa. With this measure, both Colombians and Peruvians will be practically able to enter the Schengen area without requiring a visa.
The measure to abolish visas for Colombians was taken on 18 October to mark a move in relations between the United Kingdom and Colombia.
Regarding this decision, the Ministry of External Affairs said that “The United Kingdom is one of Colombia’s main partners, as evidenced by its unrestricted support for the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement and its significant contribution to the protection of the environment, particularly from the Amazon.”
NTN24 Editorial Office