Colombian Links

All of the links given below can be found in and are fully discussed in the book "How to Retire in Colombia" by Les Johns which can be purchased directly from this site.

Tourist and General Information Pages

All of the web sites listed below have been mentioned in and are also accessible from the previous chapters. Not all of those mentioned before have been listed here. Many of the sites will lead to others and to alternative pages which may be of interest to you. Your own searches may have led you different sites that may be pertinent or which you may think would interest fellow retirees. You can e-mail the details of such sites to the author via the web site that is relevant to this and other countries. Your information could, in time, be listed on the site and in future books of this series for the benefit of all. The author and all who view the results of your research thank you for your time and effort.

There will be a loose classification into areas dealt with by the sites e.g.Tourism; Official Government; Commercial Enterprises etc. This looseness is simply because some sites cross the descriptive boundaries. No general coverage of countries could possibly be tailored to suit everybody's total requirements. After reading the previous descriptive pages relevant to the countries of particular interest to you it should be possible to glean information specific to your own circumstances by dipping into the following sites. Some countries provide more comprehensive information online than do others.

Generally there will be no comment or discussion of the sites. An exception to this occurs in the case of the "Banking" page where some comment on the origin of a few of the organizations named is made because of changes that have been brought about by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/9 and in subsequent years. In Europe in particular there has been some consolidation and rationalization of ownership although previously familiar names have sometimes been retained. Other minor points, such as the language in which the bank normally conducts its business, are mentioned.

Politics of Colombia

National Borders of Colombia

Climate and Weather

Population and Bogota


Maps and Brief Descriptions

Colombia and The Equator

Colombian Andes

Highest Andean Peak

Highest Overall Peak

Simplified Map of River Systems

List of Rivers

Images of Rivers

Orinoco River

River Transport

Hydrography of Colombia

Map Showing Major Urban settlements

Cities of Colombia

Largest Cities in Colombia

Trading Partners

Images of Trading Partners

Airports of Colombia

PanAmerican Highway


Images of Colombian Railways

Internet Usage

Telephone and Internet Services

Telephone and Cell (Mobile) Telephone Services

Health Services - an Expatriate’s View

World Health Organization Statistics

An Alternative View of the Health System

An Optimistic View of the Improving Health System

General information and Statistics

Government and Immigration Department Pages

Some of the site links provided below are not strictly Government or Immigration Department publications but the organizations concerned are authoritative and "official" in the administration of the immigration procedures described.

Official Government Web Site (In Spanish with parts in English)

Colombian Diplomatic Representation

Foreign Embassies in Bogota

Visas Available

Types of Visas

More on Visa Types

Visas not Required

Visas Y Tramites Internacionales (A legal Firm)

Details for Retiree Visa Application

Other Legal Representation in Bogota

Guide to Living in Colombia

Corruption Index

Alternative Corruption Index

Transportation of Convicts

Countries That Undertook Transportation

How to get a Police Clearance Certificate

Australian Information on Police Clearance Certificates

British Birth and Marriage Certificates

Finding Roots (A limited and particular reference.)

Researching Family Details

Banks, Pensions, Working and Taxes

The Taxation System

Foreign Exchange Regime

Opening a Bank Account

Banking in Colombia

The Government Central Bank

List of Banks in Colombia

Top Five Banks in Colombia

Alphabetical List of Banks in Colombia

Colombian Banks in the Biggest 50 in Latin America

Links to Colombian Banks

The Three largest Banks

Opening a Bank Account

More Advice on Opening a Bank Account

Tourist Advice on Banks and Money

Double Taxation Agreements

British Government Pensions

Frozen British Pensions

CentreLink (Australian Pensions)

Other Pension Advice (Qrops)

More Qrops Information



Financial Advice

Offshore Company Formation

General Information on Working Abroad

Realistic Job Prospects


Which side is The Correct Side?

Driving in Bogota

City Driving on Other Occasions

On Through City Trunk Routes (Mostly)

Driving Compared with Other Transport

One Person’s Experience

Some Alternative Views

Hiring a Car in Colombia

Obtaining a Driving License

An Alternative Experience


Images of Climate

Wet and Dry Season Examples

Some Weather Statistics

Regional Climate and Weather

Climate and Weather of Bogota

Climate and Weather of Medellin

Climate and Weather of Cali

Climate and Weather of Leticia

Caribbean Coastal Climate of Cartagena and Barranquilla

Climate and Weather of Auraca

Climate and Weather of Buenaventura

Current Weather Round the World

Maps of Colombia

Map of Colombia

Latitude and Longitude


Longitude and Time

Current Time in Colombia

Time Across the World