Are foreigners required to carry their original passports on them at all times while visiting Colombia?
I spent a weekend in Colombia a couple of years ago (travelling from Ecuador) and I asked the DAS agent at the airport in Medellin about this issue. He said that it was my choice, but that in case anyone checked me out it was technically what was required. So, for the three days I was in the country I kept it on me very carefully.
Now I am going back to Colombia to travel there for two weeks and want some good advice about this. What have the rest of you been told by DAS or the Police about proper ID requirements? Are you really ever asked for it outside the airport?
It is certainly not that I plan to do anything wrong that would warrant getting the attention of the authorities--I am thinking of situations like random police inspections out in the street or in public places, when I could be asked for identification and have a problem if I did not show my original passport to them.
I normally do not carry my passport on a day to day basis while in another country because there is too much risk of loss or theft, and because quite frankly I haven't needed to--I only use it at places like a bank or when registering for language classes, and I have never been asked for it randomly. However, in Colombia I do'nt know if security is a lot tighter than Mexico or Ecuador and I sure don't want to be in trouble for not having it either.
Thanks for any advice you have about this little detail.