travel between Andean Community the
Recognition of National Identification Documents" has changed
some of the rights of Andean and foreign residents in the Andean
Community Member Countries.
right have citizens and foreign residents in the Andean Community
January 1, 2002, national or alien residents of Bolivia, Colombia,
Ecuador and Peru have the new right to engage in tourist travel
among those countries, for up to 90 days renewable for a like
period, using only the documents Venezuelans will enjoy the same
right to make tourist trips to Member Countries that do not require
them to hold a visa (Colombia, Ecuador y Peru).
requirements must be met for tourist travel in Venezuela?
alien residents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru shall
continue to use their passports as identification documents for
tourist travel in Venezuela until that country eliminates its visa
requirement (by December 31, 2004). Up until that time and in
consideration of the principle of reciprocity, national and alien
residents in Venezuela shall use passports as their travel documents
for tourist travel in Bolivia.
the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela eliminates the visa requirement
for Andean countries, the national and alien residents of those
countries will be able to travel to that country as tourists by
carrying one of the identification documents indicated in Decision
identification documents are recognized for tourism purposes in the
alien residents of the Andean Community Member Countries may make
tourist trips throughout the Subregion using only one of the
following identification documents: a Passport, which is recognized
by all Member Countries, or a Passport Sheet, a "Cédula de
Identidad" (Identity Card), a "Carnet del Registro Unico
Nacional (RUN)" (National Sole Registration Card) or a
"Carnet de Extranjería" (Alien Residents’ Card) in the
case of Bolivians or foreigners residing in that country.
citizens may make tourist trips in the Subregion carrying only their
"Cédulas de Ciudadanía" (Citizenship Cards) (in the case
of persons over the age of 18) or "Tarjeta de Identidad"
(Identification Card) (children between the ages of 7 and 18) or
"Registro Civil de Nacimiento" (Civil Birth Registrations)
(children under the age of 7). Alien residents in Colombia may make
tourist trips to the rest of the Member Countries carrying a
"Cédula de Extranjería" (Alien Card) (persons over the
age of 18) or a "Tarjeta de Extranjería" (Alien Card)
(children under the age of 18, but older than 7). Aliens under the
age of 7 use their Passport for identification purposes.
nationals will be authorized to make tourist trips throughout the
Subregion with their "Cédula de Ciudadanía" (Citizenship
Card) and alien residents of Ecuador with their "Cédula de
Identidad" (Alien Immigrant Identification Card).
citizens over the age of 18 may travel as tourists in the Subregion
with either their "Documento Nacional de Identidad"
(National Identification Document) or their "Libreta
Electoral" (Voter Registration Card), while children under the
age of 18 can use their Birth Certificate. In special cases,
Peruvian citizens can travel with a Peruvian Consular Safe-conduct
Pass or a Border Safe-Conduct Pass. Alien residents in Peru can
engage in tourist travel in the Subregion, carrying their
"Carnet de Extranjería" (Alien Registration Card).
over the age of 9, for their part, can make tourist trips throughout
the Subregion carrying their "Cédula de Identidad"
(Identification Card) and children under the age of 9 their Birth
Certificates, while alien residents in Venezuela can use their
"Cédula de Identidad para los extranjeros en condición de
residente" (Alien Resident Identification Card).
advantages do citizens and aliens enjoy in their tourist travel in
obvious and immediate advantage, for the moment, will be the
"saving" of time-consuming arrangements and the cost of
obtaining the obligatory passport. Furthermore, while the acceptance
of identification documents for travel within the Subregion does not
necessary involve any reduction in the immigration control
formalities at ports, airports and border crossings, it will make it
possible to move ahead with the designing of provisions and methods
to facilitate and simplify the "immigration filters" that
are needed today to authorize the entry of national and alien
resident tourists from the Andean Community Member Countries for
travel throughout the Subregion.
Can one use
a Passport to travel to an Andean country as a tourist?
use of passports and consular visas will no longer be compulsory
after January 1, 2002 for tourist travel between Bolivia, Colombia,
Ecuador and Peru, persons wishing to use a passport may do so
because its use for tourist travel among those countries is
the use of a Passport be compulsory?
The use of a
Passport will be compulsory when Andean tourists and foreign
residents in Andean Community countries decide, after visiting an
Andean country, to continue traveling outside the Subregion, to a
third country. In that case, the travelers must use their Passport
as a travel document from the time they leave their usual country of
immigration formalities be handled?
of immigration control, travelers must turn in their duly formalized
Andean Immigration Card (TAM) stating the date of entry and the
authorized period of the visit, together with the information
indicated in Andean Community Resolution 527. On their departure
from the country being visited, travelers should turn over the part
of that document they still hold. so that immigration authorities
can have the document accrediting their departure within the
authorized period and record that fact in their information system.
must take special care not to lose their TAM, or they will have
problems when asked for that document by any authority in the Andean
country being visited or when complying with immigration formalities
upon departure, because it is the only administrative document
attesting to their authorized stay in the country.
the national immigration authorities in the Member Countries?
Nacional de Migración (National Immigration Service)
Vice Ministerio Régimen Interior y Policía (Vice-Ministry of the
Interior and Police)
Ministerio de Gobierno (Government Ministry)
de Extranjería (Immigration Bureau)
Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS) (Administrative
(571) 6107315 / (571) 2779211
de Migración (Immigration Bureau)
Policía Nacional del Ecuador (Ecuadorian National Police)
General de Migraciones (General Immigration Bureau)
Ministerio del Interior (Ministry of the Interior)
(511) 3321269 / 3322302
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
General Sectorial de Identificación y Extranjería (General Bureau
of Identification and Immigration)
Ministerio del Interior y Justicia (Ministry of the Interior and
(582-12) 4836670 / 4831577
(582-12) 4831577 / 4831158