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When there is an immediate need for a citizen of Colombia to obtain a travel document, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may issue an Emergency Passport instead of a regular passport. The book consists of eight (8) pages. Application to obtain an emergency passport and a passport with machine readable zone may be applied simultaneously.


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Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. Fill in the application form, this may be done electronically or manually.
  2. Submit your application at the nearest passport office in your place of residence. There you will have your photo, fingerprint and signature taken.
  3. You will also need to submit all other required documents,that will be verified by the receiving officer.
  4. Pay the fee. You will need the proof of payment when you collect your passport.
  5. Once you receive your passport, check for any error on the data as well as the photograph or the signature. The applicant have a maximum of six (6) months to claim the passport once it has been issued, if not claimed at this time, the passport will be canceled and the applicant must apply and pay for a new passport

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Required Documents

  • Certificate of citizenship in current format (Original)
  • Password for the first time or rectification, or pending receipt of duplicate or renewal of the writ of citizenship. If found the certificate of pending citizenship (certified copy, Original)
  • Civil birth registration,if a minor or an adult who is in process the writ of citizenship for the first time or rectification in the National Registraduria (Original, certified copy)
  • Cedula citizenship of parent, legal representative or authorized third party, is presented as a companion minor (Original)
  • Document certifying custody (Original), for those accompanying a minor
  • Branch duly executed, in the event that the minor is accompanied by a third party. If they are in country, the authorization shall be made ​​by special power authenticated by a notary public. If you are abroad, the authorization shall be made ​​by special power legalized by the consul of Colombia. If you are outside in a place where there is no consulate of Colombia, by special authority granted by the competent authority with personal presentation duly apostilled or legalized (Original)
  • Visa RE (Resident) of parents in effect at the time of birth of the minor, if minor children of father and mother foreign born in Colombia (Original)
  • Deed of Adoption, if the minor is adopted by foreign parents (Original)
  • Identity card or password card identity. If the child is between 7 and 17 years old. This document is not required for the process that takes place abroad (Original)
  • Previously issued passport, if it is available (Original)
  • Electoral Certificate of the last elections, in case you want to get the discount benefit electoral Act (Original)


  • In Bogotá: 155,000.00 Pesos
  • In the Governorates: Emergency Passport without departmental taxes - 155,000.00 Pesos
  • Outside Euro territory and Cuba: 78.00 Euros
  • Other countries: 112.00 American Dollars

Payment Procedures


An emergency passport is valid for 7 Months.

Documents to Use

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Processing Time

Once the passport application is paid, you may collect your passport within the following time period:

  • 24 hours in Bogota
  • 48 hours in the governorates
  • In Colombian consulates abroad, 8 business days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Palacio de San Carlos: Calle 10 # 5-51 Bogota, Colombia
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Switchboard: (57-1) 3814000
Fax: (57-1) 3814747

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

  • Colombian State Online:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


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