Guatemala Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Guatemala, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
Guatemala is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).
Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints.
This period begins at the first point of entry in to any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a request for a 30-day extension can be made before the 90-day limit expires.
Be aware that it's illegal for border officials to request an entry 'fee'; a way to avoid this is to ask for a receipt.
Visas are not required by the nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Guatemala. If you wish to extend your visa, you must submit an extension application to the Migration Directorate in Guatemala City. For further information, contact the General Directorate of Migration in Guatemala City (www.migracion.gob.gt).
If you overstay your visa then you will be expected to pay a fine before leaving the country; this can only be paid at the Migration Directorate in Guatemala City. If you’re travelling via the United States of America on an ETD (Emergency travel document), you’ll need to get a US visa.
Single-entry tourist visa: US$25; multiple-entry tourist visa: US$50; multiple-entry business visa: US$50.
Tourist visas are valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Business visas are valid for 180 days from the date of issue.
There is no transit visa for Guatemala and visitors passing through the country must obtain a tourist visa if required.
You can apply for a two-year temporary residency visa, but the process is somewhat lengthy (up to a year) and there is a lot of paperwork involved. It is possible to apply personally but hiring a lawyer certainly speeds up the process. In addition to certified and notarised copies of travel documents, applicants need a Guatemalan guarantor.
Nationals who do require a visa must provide proof of sufficient funds with their application.
A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
For stays exceeding 90 days, you should apply to the General Directorate of Migration in Guatemala (www.migracion.gob.gt) for an extension or you risk having to pay a fine for overstaying.
Children under 18 years old travelling with a valid passport do not need special permission from their parents to enter or leave Guatemala.