Guatemala Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
Other EU Yes No No
USA Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No


To enter Guatemala, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


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 (

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.

Types and Cost

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.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Temporary residence

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.

Extension of stay

For stays exceeding 90 days, you should apply to the General Directorate of Migration in Guatemala ( for an extension or you risk having to pay a fine for overstaying.

Entry with children

Children under 18 years old travelling with a valid passport do not need special permission from their parents to enter or leave Guatemala.

Entry with pets

Pet dogs and cats require a veterinarian health certificate, plus an import permit from the nearest Guatemalan embassy or consulate.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7351 3042

Embassy of Guatemala in the USA

Telephone: (202) 745 4952.