• MERCOSUR Visa Temporarily Suspended for Venezuelan Nationals
  • November 24, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Colombia has temporarily suspended approval of new MERCOSUR visa applications by Venezuelan nationals, according to a resolution that resulted from a compliance review. Until further notice, MERCOSUR visa applications not approved as of November 10, 2014 will be denied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The suspension comes as a response to Venezuela not developing a MERCOSUR visa option for Colombians, even though Venezuela was included in the 2006 MERCOSUR Agreement.

    Argentina and Uruguay are the only other MERCOSUR countries that issue the nationality-based residence permit to Venezuelan nationals. It is not yet known if any other country will implement similar measures.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Venezuelan nationals intending to obtain MERCOSUR visas for travel to Colombia and Venezuelans with pending MERCOSUR visa applications to Colombia should arrange for other visa options such as the TP-4 work visa sponsored by a Colombian employer.