For a document that has been issued in a different country be valid in Colombia, it must be filed at the various Colombian institutions, apostilled or legalized, as the case. The following links will provide the steps for a document to take effect in Colombia:
Apostilled documents to be valid in Colombia
For a document from a country member of “The Hague Convention” to be valid in Colombia it must be signed and apostilled by the entity responsible in the country of issuance.  Once the respective process has been completed in the country of issuance the document may be presented in Colombia. 
 
All documents requiring translation into a language other than Spanish must be translated by an official translator whose signature must be Apostilled or Legalized. Consult here the list of official translators. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot be held responsible for the quality and charges of the hired works. 
 
Legalized Documents to be valid in Colombia
For a document from a country not member of “The Hague Convention” to be valid in Colombia it must complete the legalization chain.
 
Legalization chain (process)
  1. Legalize the document before the competent national authority in the country of issuance.
  2. Present the documents at the Colombian consulate in the country of issuance. 
 
If there is no Colombian consulate in the country: 
Option 1: You may take the document to the Colombian consulate that serves the country of issuance of the document. To check the coverage of Colombian consulates abroad please proceed to our online Consulate directory (link para el Directorio de Consulados). 
Option 2: You may proceed through an allied country:
  • Legalize your documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the institution who carries out this task in the country of issuance. 
  • Present the documents before the allied Consul accredited in the country of issuance. 
  • Legalize the signature of the Consul before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the allied country. 
  • Present the documents to the Colombian Consul accredited in the allied country. 
  • Legalize the signature of the Colombian consul at the Apostille and Legalization Office in Bogotá, Colombia located at Av. Carrera 19 N° 98-03 Edificio Torre 100 Pisos 5º al 7°. 
 
All documents requiring translation into a language other than Spanish must be translated by an official translator whose signature must be Apostilled or Legalized. Consult here the list of official translators. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot be held responsible for the quality and charges of the hired works. 
 

 

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