Temporary insurance in Bogota, Colombia
After many attempts at getting mandatory insurance for less than a year, we were finally successful. Everyone told us that it was only sold for a year, and the cost was approx $130. As I was only going to be in Colombia for a month, this was just a bit expensive. Following is the way to get insurance for the minimum 3 months, at a cost of approx $35.
The company that sells obligatory insurance (called SOAT) is Seguros Suramericana. The office that you want to go to is located at Carrera 10, #28-49, Edificio (building) Davivienda, Tower A, 16th floor. Telephone is 678-3800. Hours are 7:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:30. Even here, nobody knew the procedure, but after insisting that it is possible they were finally able to confirm. The person that I dealt with was Diego Saunaria. I don´t think he speaks English, but don´t know.
The documents that you will need are your title and the import permissions from DIAN (customs). The cost is approximately 70,000 pesos and they only accept cash.
If you are thinking of going without insurance, a friend of mine has been stopped by the police 5 times in the past week and asked for it every time.
Panama City, Panama