Are you an EU citizen in Colombia? Learn more about your right to consular protection and how you can benefit from it in this country.

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    Apoyo Consular a Ciudadanos UE

What is consular protection?

Consular protection is the help an EU Member State can provide to its citizens in case they need assistance abroad. Typically, consular protection can include cases such as:

  • A need for emergency travel documents;
  • A serious accident or serious illness;
  • Relief and repatriation in case of an emergency;
  • Being a victim of crime;
  • Arrest or detention;
  • Death.

In Colombia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden have a resident Embassy, while Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, and Slovenia do not.

6 non-resident Member States are represented by honorary consulates. Likewise, a network of 68 honorary consulates of resident Member States and consular agents[1]cover the entire country, especially the largest cities outside Bogotá.

You are an EU citizen in need of consular protection in Colombia?

  • You can contact your resident Embassy/Consulate/Honorary Consul able to provide consular protection.
  • If your EU Member State has no resident Embassy/Consulate/Honorary Consul able to provide consular protection] in Colombia, you can turn to another EU Member State for consular protection, noting there are specific arrangements for your consular protection.

Indeed, any EU citizen abroad whose own Member State has no local representation is entitled to receive consular protection from the diplomatic or consular authorities of any other EU Member State. In that case, EU citizens are entitled to benefit from consular protection under the same conditions as the nationals of that other EU Member State.

The Embassy of the Netherlands, for example, issues emergency travel documents for citizens who are not represented in the country. In the case of Finland, Honorary Consuls cannot issue passports, nor emergency passports, but can offer assistance to other European citizens.

You can find the contact details of the Embassies/Consulates/Honorary Consuls of the EU Member States that can provide consular protection, as well as existing agreements between EU Member States for consular protection in Colombia in the attached table.

There are two bilateral agreements between EU Member States to provide consular protection in Colombia:

  • Nationals of Luxembourg are represented by Belgium.
  • Nationals of Slovakia are represented by the Czech Republic.


[1] Honorary Consuls and consular agents have different functions and competencies. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who can provide a more accessible and responsive service to nationals who are in their area of consular competence because they are abroad, especially in places that are difficult to reach. They provide information and assistance to people experiencing difficulties abroad. Honorary Consular Agents have a slightly reduced role to that of Honorary Consuls. They are the first point of contact in case of emergency.

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    Apoyo Consular a Ciudadanos UE

More Information

Please note that the EU Delegation in Colombia cannot provide direct consular assistance.

As an EU citizen, you can take simple steps to make consular protection more effective, for example:

  • Following the travel advice issued by your country’s Foreign Ministry.
  • When abroad, registering with your Embassy or Consulate and/or through dedicated platforms, if applicable.
  • Other tips include keeping an electronic copy of your travel documents, subscribing to a travel insurance or saving crisis contact details.

Remember that each traveler goes abroad at his or her own risk and the ability of Embassies to help in case of problems is always limited.

For more information on consular protection, see the dedicated pages on the websites of the EEAS, the European Commission and the Council of the EU, or find the consular protection contact details here.