How to Buy Cryptocurrency in Colombia

Buying cryptocurrency in Colombia

Buying cryptocurrency in ColombiaIn 2020, there was a major boost in crypto use as an asset as well as for transactional purposes in Columbia, where peer-to-peer lending platforms and cryptocurrency exchanges hit historic growth. Furthermore, the country of Columbia accounted for 11.3% of LocalBitcoins' global volume, making it one of the firm's top markets. While the coronavirus pandemic may have caused the boosted use of Bitcoin in the country, its citizens started showing interest in cryptocurrencies long before that. Having said this, the question of Colombia's crypto regulation remains unsettled. A published guidance by the SFC in 2014 declared that Bitcoin was not recognized as currency and that it was not considered legal tender. The very same guidance barred banks from dealing in virtual currencies which are considered personal property and aren't subjected to value-added tax. Other than this, there is little clarity regarding the actual policy of crypto regulation in the country
As of 20/03/2021

Exchanges Info

These exchanges all accept customers from Colombia. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below

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eToro

eToro is a social trading platform that allows you to buy into cryptocurrencies, international stocks and shares and more complex financial assets. It also have an innovative Copy Trader feature where you can choose to follow other successful traders and automatically copy their trades to hopefully share in their success

Pros
  • Fully regulated financial institution
  • Trade crypto, stocks and other financial assets
  • Follow and copy the trades of expert traders
Cons
  • Fees (spreads) are high
  • Only USD as base currency
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Bitfinex

Operating since 2012, Bitfinex has a huge range of coins and trading pairs, a good user interface and low trading fees.

Pros
  • Very low trading fees
  • Large range of coins and trading pairs
  • High liquidity
Cons
  • Slow account verification
  • Two major hacks
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OKEx

OKEx is the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by volume. It posts over $2 billion in trades daily and has over 400 trading pairs.

Pros
  • Good range of coins
  • DEX trading
  • No hacking history
Cons
  • Not available in US
  • KYC required
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Kucoin

Founded in 2017, KuCoin has already managed to establish itself as “The People’s Exchange.” With 200+ cryptocurrencies and more than 400 markets, it has become one of the hubs for cryptocurrency trading.

Pros
  • Vast selection of altcoins
  • Ability to stake & earn crypto yields
  • Robust security features
  • No forced KYC checks
Cons
  • No fiat currency deposits
  • Trading volume is low

Changelly

Changelly allows you to trade cryptocurrency without registration or verifying the identity through KYC. Being a non-custodial exchange, Changelly doesn’t require you to keep any deposits. The platform also works as a fiat-to-crypto gateway.

Pros
  • Non-custodial exchange
  • Great way to switch altcoins
  • Doesn’t require extensive KYC
  • 2FA security and high exchange limit
Cons
  • A high transaction fee of 0.5%
  • Unclear owners
  • Sometimes their service is quite slow
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Kraken

Kraken has a good reputation for security and protection of your funds and operates across the USA (except NY), Canada, the EU and Japan

Pros
  • It can be used to trade against fiat options
  • Robust security measures
  • Free SEPA deposits in Europe
Cons
  • Not a very beginner-friendly interface.
  • No card deposit options
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