If you are about to enter Colombia as a passenger or traveler this information will be very useful:
Who are considered travelers?
Travelers are those persons who reside in the country, who go abroad and return to the National Customs Territory, tourists, who do not reside in Colombia and arrive in the country for a temporary or permanent stay.
What is a family unit?
It is the group of natural persons who travel together and have civil, consanguinity or affinity ties among each other.
What obligations do I have with DIAN as a traveler?
All travelers entering the National Customs Territory must present their luggage to the customs authority. In some cases, you must complete the "Declaration of Baggage, Cash and Representative Money Titles - Travelers" Form 530.
You must submit the elements you bring with you for review by customs officials and comply with customs formalities, comply with requirements of other State entities and make the payment of the Single Tax if applicable.
Where do I get a Passenger Baggage and Currency Declaration?
International passenger transportation companies are obliged to provide travelers with Form 530 prescribed by the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN) for the presentation of luggage and foreign exchange.
In the land or sea transport mode it is available at customs control posts, ports and border crossings.
In what cases are travelers required to file a customs declaration?
Items that enter in the luggage other than personal effects, constitute commercial amounts or exceed USD 2,000.
There is a special rule that requires compliance with requirements for the entry of goods by international travelers such as weapons, equipment and mobile phone parts, among others.
Entering vegetables, animals, and agricultural input, including pets.
Entering or removing goods that constitute cultural heritage of the nation or other nations: sculptures, paintings and so on.
Entering goods subject to the requirements established by the Ministry of Culture or Environment of Sustainable Development, such as works of art, products with environmental restrictions for being pollutants, among others.
The traveler is a resident abroad and enters temporarily and tax-free, items for professional use during their stay in Colombia.
Accredited medical missions enter inputs necessary for the development of health days, either as accompanied luggage (that comes with the traveler) or unaccompanied (sent by cargo before or after the arrival of the traveler to the country).
The traveler has sent or is sending unaccompanied baggage (checked as cargo before or after the traveler's arrival in the country).
The traveler has spent at least 5 days abroad and enters up to 3 units of each of the following goods: household goods, whether or not electrical, sporting goods, professional, craft or trade items and/or up to 10 units of the same class of other items for personal or family use.
The traveler enters goods that exceed the total quota allowed by the travelers mode (USD 5,000) or goods not authorized for the travelers mode (Chapters 86, 87, 88 and 89) regardless of the amount and / or value. (This implies the change of import modality).
The traveler or his/her family unit enters or withdraws from the country cash and / or securities representing money, for an amount greater than USD 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies.
What is personal effects?
These are all new or used items that a traveler or crew member may need for personal use during the course of the journey; bearing in mind that they are in accompanied or unaccompanied luggage, that they carry on themselves or in their hand luggage excluding any merchandise that constitutes commercial issuance.
What is accompanied baggage?
It is the luggage that the traveler takes with him when he enters or leaves the country.
What is unaccompanied baggage?
It is the luggage that arrives or leaves the country before or after the arrival or departure of the traveler whose name must be included in the corresponding transport document.
How many units are considered commercial in the passenger mode?
Up to 10 units of the same type are considered commercial shipping.
When do I have to complete the 530 format traveler's declaration to declare foreign exchange?
If the traveler enters the national territory carrying more than USD 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, must have completed the Declaration of Baggage, Money or Titles representing Money - Travelers Form 530 at the time of arrival to the national territory of the corresponding means of transport by the first port, airport or border crossing of entry.
If the traveler leaves the national territory carrying more than USD 10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies, they must have fully completed Declaration of Baggage, Money or Titles representing Money - Travelers Form 530 once the immigration formalities before the competent authority, are completed and concluded regardless of whether or not the traveler carries out the intended trip.
Is a crew member considered a traveler and can he or she bring in goods in the same way as travelers?
A crew member does not have the same quality of traveler, since a crew member is the person who is part of the staff that operates or provides services of a means of transport; the traveler, makes the trip for reasons of tourism, business, medical affairs, among others.
Consequently, the passenger modality does not apply to crew members, only their personal effects and elements acquired in the flight that have the quality of onboard supplies may be brought in.
How can I enter samples of no commercial value for exhibition at fairs from abroad?
The entry of samples of no commercial value is not allowed in the traveler mode.
Can I bring in goods to be donated as part of my luggage?
For the travelers mode, it is not allowed to enter goods to donate.
How can I enter canines of dangerous breeds, into the country, as an international traveler?
As a traveler from other countries you cannot import potentially dangerous canine breeds without being authorized to do so. (National Code of Police and Coexistence).
Keep in mind that:
If you omit to declare baggage subject to payment of the single tax on Form 530 “Declaration of Baggage, Money or Titles representing Money - Travelers Form 530", the merchandise will be seized and forfeited.
The deadline for sending unaccompanied baggage is one month before the date of arrival of the traveler in the national customs territory or 3 months maximum after that date.
Underage travelers are entitled to 50% of the quota established in the Decree in force for the entry of goods other than their personal effects.
Travelers residing abroad who temporarily enter the national customs territory may temporarily import, free of taxes and subject to re-export, the articles necessary for their professional use during their stay, provided that they declare them at the time of entry.
The goods that the traveler buys in the free stores (Duty Free) are part of the quota established for the international traveler when entering the Colombian territory.