If you wish to visit Colombia as a representative of a foreign non-profit
or non-governmental organization (for instance, to speak at a conference),
itâ€™s not easy. You have to jump through a lot of href="http://www.colombiaemb.org/opencms/opencms/consuladodc/visas/temporal.html"
In addition to filling out a form and providing three passport pictures:
Your passport has to be at least 6 months old (and you have to provide
photocopies of all used pages).
- You have to provide a notarized copy of your criminal record.
You need an invitation letter from the organization that invited you,
complete with a list of everyone you plan to interview on your trip.
You need proof, translated into Spanish, that your organization has existed
as a legal entity for more than five years.
- You need to prove your own financial solvency.
- You need to prove that you have experience in your field.
- If youâ€™re not a U.S. citizen, you must pay US$175.
Then you have to wait three weeks for approval (or disapproval) of your visa.
But thereâ€™s a faster, easier way to go. When the official in the immigration
line asks what you do for a living, donâ€™t say â€œI work for an NGO.â€ Say that
youâ€™re a bounty hunter!
As Vice President Francisco Santos
clear yesterday, Colombiaâ€™s doors will swing wide open for anybody willing
to hunt down guerrilla leaders, just like those who were paid to track down
FARC member Rodrigo Granda in Venezuela last month. â€œHopefully all the bounty
hunters of the world will come here to capture these bandits. The money is here
for them and the rewards are good and can be handed out anywhere in the world.â€
So there you have it: International NGO equals distrust and red tape. International
bounty hunter equals red-carpet treatment. The choice is yours!