Money and duty free for Guatemala
Currency and Money
Quetzal (GTQ; symbol Q), named after the national bird of paradise. Notes are in denominations of Q200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of Q1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos. US dollars are widely used.
American Express and Visa are accepted, whilst Diners Club and MasterCard have a more limited acceptance. ATMs are common throughout the country.
ATMs are common throughout the country, although care should be taken as there are frequent scams and robberies. It is best to use ATMs inside banks and shopping centres.
Accepted by most banks and good hotels, although visitors may experience occasional problems. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.
Opening times vary, but generally Mon-Fri 0900-1900; Sat 0900-1300.
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited.
The Quetzal is extremely difficult to obtain outside Guatemala or exchange after leaving Guatemala, and visitors are strongly advised to exchange local currency before departure. It may be difficult to negotiate notes which are torn. Unused local currency can be exchanged at the bank at the airport.
Guatemala duty free
The following goods may be imported into Guatemala by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 500g of tobacco in any form.
• 5L of alcoholic beverages.
• 2kg of confectionery.
Meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, dairy items, unlicensed ammunition or weapons, and pornographic media or literature.
Plants must be accompanied by phytosanitary certificates.
Fruits and vegetables, Mayan artefacts (unless purchased at reputable stores with a certificate) and any products made from endangered species.
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