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Diplomatic and Official Visas
April 1, 2022

A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, and C-3 visas are for diplomats/government officials, and officials from designated international organizations (such as the World Bank or Organization of American States) traveling to or transiting the United States in an official capacity.

U.S. Embassy Bogotá accepts applications for the above visa classifications at the “Diplomatic Visas Window” in the Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Unit from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily.  Such applicants generally do not need to appear for an in-person interview; they may submit the required documents themselves or have a courier do so.  Applicants and couriers may access the NIV Unit waiting area during the designated time through the entrance on the corner of Calle 24 Bis and Avenida Carrera 50.  Please contact us with any questions about diplomatic or official visas.

Please contact us if you would like to apply for a B1/B2 visa in your diplomatic or official passport and you currently serve as a diplomat or government official.  Former or retired officials must apply for B1/B2s through the regular process.

There is a separate process for A3 (domestic employee of an A1 or A2 visa holder) and G5 (attendant, servant, or personal employee of G1 through G4 visa holders) applicants.  Such applicants should contact us to request instructions.

Applicants for diplomatic and official visas are exempt from paying the visa application fee.

The documents required for this type of application are the following:

  1. A valid passport
  2. The confirmation page from the DS-160 Application form
  3. A photograph
  4. A diplomatic or official letter that includes the following information: 
    • Complete name
    • Date of birth
    • Passport number
    • Position and title
    • Place of assignment or visit
    • Purpose of travel including brief description of duties
    • Travel Dates and length of stay
    • For dependents, the note must include the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.

Accompanying Family Members and Members of Household

Spouse and children

The legal spouse and legal unmarried sons and daughters of any age are eligible for diplomatic and official visas to accompany the principal applicant.

Other Family Members

Other family members such as parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins are eligible for A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 and C-3 visas provided they meet the following requirements:

The family member of the principal applicant is related by blood, marriage or adoption, or the applicant is a relative by blood, marriage, or adoption of the partner or spouse, or

The family member is recognized by the sponsoring government or organization as the immediate family member of the principal applicant (generally, this relative’s name will be listed as a dependent family member on the diplomatic note), or

The family member is already a member of the principal applicant’s household or will reside regularly in the household of the principal applicant.