Check-MIG Colombia: What Is It and How Does It Work?

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So you’re all ready for your trip to Colombia. You have your Colombia tourist visa, your tickets, and your bags are packed.

Everything’s ready – and then someone tells you about a new requirement you’ll need to complete before your journey: the Colombia Check-MIG form.

Wait! What the heck is that??

What is the Colombia Check-MIG?

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The Colombia Check-MIG (or Check-MIG Colombia) is a Travel Health Certificate for visitors that was developed as a response to the recent global pandemic. This document helps authorities to pre-screen travelers before they enter the country.

It was developed to minimize direct contact between travelers and immigration officers.

Bottom line: Check MIG Colombia speeds up the immigration control process.

How do I apply for the Colombia Check-MIG?

The Check-MIG is an easy three-step application. You can apply on the official website, but a lot of people have been complaining about the online check mig form not working. It’s much easier to complete on Natvisa.com.

  • Step 1: Apply online. You just click on the “Apply online” button, answer all the questions in the application, and submit them to the system.
  • Step 2: Confirm payment
  • Step 3: Receive your health certificate. After it is reviewed and approved, your Check-MIG will come in electronic form on your e-mail.

You can either print a paper copy of your travel health document or show it on a mobile device.

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What is on the Check-MIG application?

The following data is mandatory:

1. Choose the type of transport that will be used to cross the Colombian border (land, air, river, or sea).

2. Specify the entry or exit from the country.

3. Register the border crossing point.

4. Specify the date of entry/exit from Colombia.

5. Select the approximate time of crossing the border.

6. Specify the type of flight, for example, charter, commercial, humanitarian, or regular.

7. Select the destination direction.

8. Specify the flight booking code.

9. Select the country of origin.

10. Specify information about your state of health.

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How do they use the information I put on the form?

The information you submit does two things:

  • It gives health officials a clear record of your health status so they can limit the risk of positive coronavirus cases entering the country.
  • It gives authorities a way to contact you in the event you have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive.

Bottom line: The Colombia Check-MIG document is intended to prevent COVID from spreading further.

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FAQs about the Check-MIG Colombia form

Is the Check-MIG a visa?

No. The Check-MIG is not a visa for entry into Colombia. Check-MIG s a Travel Health Certificate for visitors. It’s a separate requirement you need to present alongside your Colombia visa. Even if your country is exempt from a Colombian visa, you still need a Check-MIG to pass passport control.

Who needs to apply for a Check-MIG?

Citizens of all countries who wish to enter Colombia must complete the Check-MIG Form within 24 hours of arrival to/or departure from Colombia, including Colombian nationals and residents. There are no exemptions. Failure to fill out this form will only cause headaches upon arrival as Colombian officials are very strict about this.

Do children need a Check-MIG?

Only adults need to apply. Details of any children who are traveling with you can be added to your form.

When do I need to apply for Check-MIG Colombia?

Apply for the Check-MIG within 24 hours prior to your flight departure time. You must have your Check-MIG ready and with you no later than one hour before takeoff.

How long is the Check-MIG form valid?

Your Check-MIG is only valid for 30 days and can only be used once. You must apply for a new Check-MIG when you leave Colombia.

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.
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