Guatemala is a beautiful country located in Central America. TripAdvisor ranks it as one of the top five countries for nature lovers, and it’s easy to see why.
You can hike through rainforests or take a boat ride down the Pacaya volcano river.
Or you could relax on the beach in one of its many resorts while sipping a margarita.
Do I need a visa to visit Guatemala?
The answer to the question, “Do I need a visa to visit Guatemala?” is a resounding yes.
You must have a valid passport and proof of citizenship to apply for one of the country’s tourist or business visas.
A tourist visa is available for visitors travelling for leisure or vacation purposes.
But, if you plan on conducting business in Guatemala (for example, attending meetings or conferences), an investor or entrepreneur visa may be preferable.
For tourists who don’t want surprises upon arrival at the airport, apply online before their departure date so they can collect their documents and skip any extra steps later.
How do I apply for a Guatemala Visa online?
First, you’ll need to fill out a visa application form. This can be done online, or you can download it from the website, print it and then complete it by hand.
Next, pay for your visa in advance using your credit card. When paying for your Guatemala tourist visa online, ensure you enter the correct date of birth.
This is one of the most common reasons why applications are rejected due to incorrect information provided by applicants.
Once we have received payment confirmation from our bank and processed your application, we will send an email confirmation with a link where you can download your e-visa approval letter (stamped).
Please print this document out and keep it safe until you travel to Guatemala.
At this point, you must present it at check-in when flying into or exiting any airport in Guatemala (international or domestic).
Check if you can get an ETA.
- If you’re coming to Guatemala on a visa waiver program, you don’t need to get an ETA. So what is the visa waiver program? It’s a list of countries that can travel to each other without having to go through the normal visa process.
- Check out this Ministry of Foreign Affairs chart to see if your country is in the visa waiver program. Remember, though, that these countries may have different rules depending on how long they’ve been in place, so make sure you looked up when yours was added!
- To apply for an ETA online or by phone (only available for U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens), click here:
How to get the visa?
You can apply for the eVisa from your home country, the country you are travelling to, or at an embassy or consulate. You can also get a visa through a visa centre.
Obtaining a tourist card upon arrival in Guatemala
When you arrive in Guatemala, have a passport and visa with you. You will also need to show your return flight tickets as well as the immigration officer at the airport.
The immigration officer will give you a tourist card valid for 90 days.
This card must be kept with you during your stay in Guatemala because it serves as proof of entry into the country and can be checked by police officers if they ask for it.
For how long is the Guatemala Tourist eVisa valid?
The eVisa is valid for 30 days from the date of issue. You can apply to extend your visa by another 30 days within the first 60 days at $50.
If you wish to stay longer, you’ll have to leave Guatemala and re-enter as a tourist (you will need another eVisa). The maximum length of stay allowed on an eVisa is 180 days.
Don’t go to Guatemala without getting a visa first.
Remember that Guatemala visa requirements and application processes can change as you read this guide.
The Guatemala embassy or consulate in your country determines these rules, so you must check with them before travelling.
Visa requirements for different countries, people and periods can vary. For example:
Suppose you’re a citizen of a country that doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Guatemala (such as North Korea).
In that case, there’s no way for you to get an entry visa from the Guatemalan government—you’ll need to get an entry stamp at the border instead.
Suppose your passport has been damaged by water or fire. In that case, most embassies will not issue new visas until they are repaired by a third-party service provider or replaced by your passport issuing authority (usually your local government).
If you travel between different countries within one year, then be prepared for each embassy or consulate to ask different questions about why exactly they must issue a new visa each time rather than an extension on its current end date; make sure that both their questions and answers are documented somewhere before submitting them along with all other documentation like passports etcetera!
The Last Word
You are now well-equipped with all the details you need to apply for a visa. We hope this article has given you insight into what to expect when visiting Guatemala and how to get your visa.