Colombia is one of our favorite countries in South America. The country has beaches on the Atlantic as well as the Pacific side and the inland region has a lot to offer. Metropolitan cities like Bogota, Medellin, and Cali each offer their own vibe and specific culture. Smaller colonial towns have a lot of character and are often used as hubs to explore the more rural areas and gems like the coffee region and Guatape. The North of Colombia is known to be incredibly hot and visitors usually travel through Cartagena to make their way to the beautiful beaches of Tayrona and the Cuidad Perdida ruins. Colombia borders Panama in the North, but the passage is not a trip most tourists dare to undertake as it goes through the Darien gap, a vast jungle that used to be controlled by the FARC. The Southern part of Colombia is mostly unvisited and difficult to reach as it is part of the Amazon basin and consists primarily of a jungle. If you rather visit Colombia with a group, we recommend this G Adventure tour that has a little of everything! One alinea won’t save me and I could talk for hours about the variety Colombia has to offer. This page will give you a little more information about LGBT Colombia!

LGBT rights and travel in Colombia - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender laws and rights Colombia - Only Once Today
LGBT rights and travel in Colombia - Infographic - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender laws and rights Colombia - Only Once Today

Post Last Updated: Oktober 2018

Colombia LGBT Rights

Colombia has made a lot of effort to become one of the most LGBT friendly countries in Latin America. Having Argentina as a competitor for this role, Colombia cannot stay behind. We found that Colombia has a very modern and open-minded attitude towards every visitor, gay or straight.


Same-sex sexual activity and homosexuality are legal in Colombia since 2000. The age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity is 14.

Domestic Partnership

Unregistered same-sex couples have the same rights, benefits and duties as unregistered heterosexual couples since 2008. Same-sex couples can register for official domestic partnership since 2015.

Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is legal in Colombia since 2016.

Same-Sex Adoption

Before 2015, only the adoption of a step-child was possible. Since 2015, same-sex couples have the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples.

Change Legal Gender

Changing your legal gender is possible in Colombia. In 2015 the process to change your legal gender has been simplified.

Colombia LGBT Safety

Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression is illegal in Colombia. This law that passed in 2011 is straightforward and clear. It states that if someone is discriminated in public, the penalty will increase. On the other hand, the penalty will decrease if the offender apologizes in public.

Colombian law also protects LGBT by stating literally that it is allowed to display their affection publicly.

Colombian cities felt very safe to us and we saw a lot of public display of affection between same-sex couples. The country is safe to visit as LGBT traveler. We don’t expect you to encounter any difficulties. Remember that everyone can have a different opinion and people in rural areas might be less tolerant than people in cities.


Unfortunately, hate crimes can occur at any place and any time! Public display of affection can always trigger people to respond in a negative way. Try to be cautious and aware of your surroundings.