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Colombia and EU sign visa exemption for Schengen countries

Staff writer ▼ | December 5, 2015
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and top European Union officials signed an agreement to exempt Colombians from having to request a visa before traveling to Europe.
Juan Manuel Santos
Traveling   The visa exemption has long been requested by Colombia
The exemption has long been requested by Colombia, whose citizens have to go through lengthy and sometimes humiliating procedures in order to be allowed entry to the 26 countries that signed the open-border Schengen pact.

The exemption came into force on Thursday.

While no visa is required, Colombians are still required to demonstrate on entry that they have a return ticket and the financial means or sponsor to support their stay in the “old world.”