The pedestrian passage through the border bridges that join Venezuela and Colombia will be fully opened from next May 1st.
The director of Migration Colombia, Juan Francisco Espinosa Palacios, announced that “the determination was made that, as of May 1, the pico and ID system is terminated, which will allow Venezuelans to enter the territory Colombian without this type of restriction.
Last June, the Government of the neighboring country enabled all its land, air, river and sea border crossings that had been closed since March 2020 due to the covid-19 health emergency, but implemented the peak and ID measure for identification numbers. even and odd, according to the calendar date.
The official assured that the decision “is good news to support, both the people who require mobility and the Norte de Santander region and all the border departments that merit economic reactivation.”
“We will continue studying the different measures, we will continue working on flexibility mechanisms,” he added.
At the beginning of October 2021, the Venezuelan Government announced the removal of the containers that were on the international bridges that communicate transit with Colombia, after two years of having installed them after the attempt to enter humanitarian aid by the opposition led by Juan Guaido.
When making the announcement, the executive vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, assured that with the measure “we are turning the page”, and also “a commercial opening is taking place between both countries”.
The director of Migration Colombia indicated that the decision to eliminate the pico y cedula was made after an evaluation of the migratory flow, together with the announcements of relaxation of the health emergency by President Iván Duque and the Minister of Health.
However, Palacios did not clarify whether the requirement of a Border Mobility Card or border card will be applied again after the elimination of the passage by identity card.
Since January 14, the document has not been issued and officials recommend processing the Temporary Protection Permit.