SPAIN is to scrap visa requirements for visiting Colombians in an effort to reduce red tape.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is to push through EU legislation, which will open the door to residents of the South American country.

Spain has a sizeable Colombian population, many of whom have been living in the country for many years.

But under current rules, family members wishing to visit them must apply for a Spanish visa.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos described the proposed reform as ‘a wonderful birthday present’ for Colombian nationals.

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