Welcome to Colombia. With an incredible mix of cultures, languages and geographies, Colombia is an exciting emerging market. It’s home to a strong farming sector and plenty of natural resources. It’s also one of the fastest growing countries in South America and looking to attract more investment and create more jobs – which opens the doors for New Zealand businesses.
If you’d like to find out more about this rapidly growing market, take a look at our market guide for Colombia (you'll find it at the top of this page).
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 103rd largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||53|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||90|
Getting to Colombia
You can fly from New Zealand to Colombia, but not directly – you’ll need to stop at least once. Air New Zealand, LATAM Airlines and United Airlines all offer non-direct flights. A one-stop flight will take around 21 hours.
When to visit
With the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Mountains, Colombia covers almost every different climate – something to keep in mind when arranging travel. Also, it’s a good idea to look into Colombia’s national holidays as some businesses may close during this time.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Colombia.
Colombians are generally very warm, outgoing people. With such diverse cultures in the country, there are some customs and behaviours that are helpful to keep in mind. For example, shaking hands is common when meeting people. The focus is on the firmness of the handshake and it’s important to maintain eye contact and smile throughout.
You’ll find more cultural information in our guide at the top of this page.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Colombia
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Colombia, we can help you make the most of your visit. Please get in touch with your Customer Manager a few weeks before you visit. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information. And don't forget, the more time you give us, the better we’re able to connect you to the right resources.