Limited Passport (Emergency)

In cases of emergency (if your trip is within 10 business days) the Office of American Citizens Services at the Embassy in Bogota or the Consular Agency in Barranquilla may issue an emergency passport valid from 90 days up to a maximum of one year, at the Consular officer’s discretion. Every person that is requesting an emergency passport must do so in person regardless if they are a minor or an adult. 

Submitting your application at the Embassy in Bogota: To submit your application for a limited passport at the Embassy in Bogota, you can walk-in (no appointment needed) Monday to Friday, between 8:00 and 11:30 a.m. In addition to all the requirements, you must submit your itinerary as proof of your imminent travel.

Submitting your application at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla:To submit your application for a limited passport at the Consular Agency in Barranquilla, click here. The service hours and delivery times of the Consular Agency in Barranquilla vary from the Embassy in Bogota. In addition to all the requirements, you must submit your itinerary as proof of your imminent travel.   *** Our Barranquilla office does not accept walk-ins, you must make an appointment – Emergency passports are not ready the same day in Barranquilla, delivery of Emergency passports takes 5 business days***

For purposes of US passport applications, a minor is a person of 15 years or less. If the applicant requesting a limited passport (emergency) is 15 years or less, click here for instructions on how to apply for a passport for the child.

For purposes of US passport applications, an adult is a person 16 years or older. If the applicant requesting a limited passport (Emergency) is:

  • renewing a 10-year validity passport
  • an adult (age 16 or older) applying for the first time (even if you’ve had passports as a minor) or when previous passport is not available

Please click here for instructions on how to apply


Delivery time (if you applied at the Embassy in Bogota): Your limited passport is usually ready for pick-up the same day at 3:00 pm, if you submit your complete application and payment before 11:30 am. If you’re coming from out of Bogotá, please do not reserve your flight back to your city before 5:00 pm because we cannot make exceptions and provide your limited passport earlier than the stipulated time. Note: Delivery times of the Consular Agency in Barranquilla vary from the Embassy in Bogota.


Important: Every American citizen exiting Colombia must have a valid US passport to leave the country. A US passport also serves as proof of citizenship and is commonly accepted as an official form of identification. For information on the exit/entry requirements of Colombia click here.