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Leaving foreign motorbike in Colombia

I want to leave my KLR in Colombia from mid June and then fly back around October/November some time to continue traveling with her. As far as I know you are only allowed to have the bike in the country for the validity of your visa, which in my case means 90 days. Does anybody know if there is an easy way around this?
I am in Chile at the moment, heading north. I know there are other countries that allow long term storage (1 year in Uruguay and in Brazil nobody cares how leg you leave your bike), but I am flying out of Colombia some would love to leave my bike there.

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contact Motolombia.I think they have a storage program

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and in Brazil nobody cares how leg you leave your bike
Things change. Brazil have started issuing TIP again, at least at the main borders.
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Leaving foreign motorbike in Colombia

You can leave it here and come back several months later. You must then drive to nearest DIAN office and pay 'sanction'. It is approx 50K COP per month of overstay. Double check this but that's what I have understood. Whenever I get a chance I can upload/mail the paperwork stating this (Spanish only). After you pay the fine they'll give you whatever you have in your passport (presumably if you arrive on 90 day visa you'll get another 90 days). This isn't illegal per se, just make sure you get the vehicle there and get the paperwork squared. Remember tourists only get 6 months calendar per year. NB if you get pulled by the cops you have 5 days forthwith to get your ass to the DIAN. No idea what they'll have to say about it not being insured with SOAT.
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Any word on what I were to do if I'd lost the original registration?
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What did you end up doing, Ruben? Im heading to Colombia now and want to leave my bike there for a few months as well. Were you able to come back to the bike and leave the country without any problems?
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I am also thinking of doing something similar.

My plan is to buy a motorbike in March then fly to Brazil without the bike for two months before returning and continuing my travels.

Can anyone provide information about a secure place to store my bike for two months.
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Bump. Need information regarding a secure place to leave my bike for two months in Bogota. Any info is appreciated

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storage in bounded parking lot

why not leave your bike in a bounded parking lot? cheap and secure
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Any new information?

I am looking at storing my motorcycle in Colombia as well. I am currently in Guatemala. If anyone knows of a contact for storage, paperwork process, link, email, etc, it would be muchly appreciated.

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Colombia's Dian is far from being overlander friendly. I have been travelling and living here for over 40 years. For this reason I have never asked a visa other than a tourist visa even if my sons were born here 25 years ago.

I have not seen change of the attitude of the Dian. One guy I know was trown in Jail for over staying his visa. This is unsual, but the operator can
dictate what he wants and there is no appeal.

they are only 2 way to do that without risking any issue with the Dian. The first one is to secure your bike in an inpounded parking. The bike is considered being out of country. I know Cartagena's port has an impounded parking.

The other way is to store your bike to the zona franca between Colombia and Venezuela. the Zona franca is through Paraguachon. A lady has a storage business and one can leave his bike for $50. a month.
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Colombia's Dian is far from being overlander friendly. I have been travelling and living here for over 40 years. For this reason I have never asked a visa other than a tourist visa even if my sons were born here 25 years ago.

I have not seen change of the attitude of the Dian. One guy I know was trown in Jail for over staying his visa. This is unsual, but the operator can
dictate what he wants and there is no appeal.

they are only 2 way to do that without risking any issue with the Dian. The first one is to secure your bike in an inpounded parking. The bike is considered being out of country. I know Cartagena's port has an impounded parking.

The other way is to store your bike to the zona franca between Colombia and Venezuela. the Zona franca is through Paraguachon. A lady has a storage business and one can leave his bike for $50. a month.
Damn those are nasty rules.
You should check if you can just leave your bike a parking lot too I think. If the regulations allow you, then it shouldn't be a problem.
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Colombia quick report

Parking a bike in Colombia is a piece of cake. I asked about it the first hotel I have found on my way towards Equador near Pasto and got very friendly feedback, paying 2 USD/day, covered parking place + all bags stored with a separate room. When I wanted to do the same in Mexico, sometimes I had impression that I'm asking for parking an airplane instead of motorbike.
If you don't want to park in the hotels, each city has a dozens of city parkings with the long term plans (you will have to pay on monthly basis then).
Your bike is not stamped into your passport.
My impression was while I was riding through Colombia (2 weeks ago) that police and military check points have a special order not to disturb bike travelers. Every day I have passed 10-20 checkpoint never being stopped or asked. In 80% you will see their thumb up and that all. I parked my bike for a month only, but otherwise I'd go to Ipiales border for checkout and then park somewhere in the nearest parking.
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For what it's worth, when I spoke to the DIAN in Medellin last December (while extending my TIP for an extra 3mths), out of interest I asked if it was possible to leave a bike in Colombia while taking a short trip overseas. The lady, who was very helpful, said it was not possible. The bike would be confiscated. She double-checked this with her superior. No exceptions.

For others looking to store bikes in Colombia, I would double-check this with the likes of Motolambia (I think they're based in Cali, I've never contacted them) and also call the Aduana in Medellin or Bogota for an update. You can get their info online.

I've stored my bike in Brazil before (2015), but as other bikers have said, the rules are apparently changing / changed.

Peru was possible in 2016 and probably still is. I left my bike with a friend for a month while I flew to Britain. As long as you return to Peru and leave the country within the 3mths TIP you're fine. Again, check the rules haven't changed.

Good luck!

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A new overlanders-bikers friendly place in Eje Cafetera called Steel Horse in Filandia could shed some light.

We are currently here. The guys are super awesome, the place is new and waits for overlanders and maybe they have some updates.

For sure they have space for bikes but they may know things about the notorious & stupid DIAN regulations.

check them here: https://steelhorsefilandia.com/
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