Immigration Regulations for Plastic Surgery Patients Visiting Colombia
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🇨🇴Colombia has a new immigration regulation for travelers interested in Plastic Surgery that works in your favor if you know how to take advantage of it.
🗣The name of this regulation is called Temporary Entry and Stay Permit or (Permiso Temporal de Permanencia), specifically the (PTP3/PIP3) permission, not the PTP5 which is for tourists. This permission is for medical treatments and applies to all plastic surgery patients entering the country.
Colombia is enforcing the new regulation so that patients from abroad do not have any inconveniences during their stay in Colombia in case the patient has any need or is required to stay in Colombia longer than they have originally planned.
👉🏼Some examples of this can occur if your surgery has some kind of delay, complication where you may need to stay longer for recovery or date change, etc...
📍Here is what you need before you travel to Colombia:
❗️A letter from the doctor you are operating with that has the patient's passport number. This means the individual that will be treated or that will be having surgery.
❗️The letter should explain the procedures that will be performed along with the seal/stamp and signature of the surgeon.
❗️Copy of the departure ticket of the country. This indicates the date you will be leaving.
❗️Remember this permit is granted upon arrival when you pass through IMMIGRATION in Colombia. They will place the stamp in your passport.
❗️The permit has NO cost if you have all of the appropriate documentation prior to arrival.
👉🏼REMEMBER: If you arrive and decide not to go through this process and you receive the Tourist (PTP5) permit stamp and then you go through with your surgery you could be assessed the same fine which can be up to 550 USD if you attempt to leave the country.
👉🏼ALTERNATIVELY: Prior to leaving the country after surgery, you can go to an Immigration Office in the city you are visiting, fill out the paperwork and have them change the stamp in your passport to the PTP3 permit which will cost you $91,000 COP as of 2017 and that is approximately $33/34 USD