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Woow, No Tourist Visa required on your trip to Guatemala.

Citizens of United States of America do not require visas for travel to Guatemala and as it is one of the visa exempt countries.


Guatemala is planning to launch an eVisa system next year, allowing travelers to apply for a visa online. This electronic visa is expected to simplify the application process and make it more convenient for people who want to visit Guatemala.

Guatemala is a Central American country that offers a diverse landscape and culture. To visit Guatemala, most foreign nationals need to obtain a visa, depending on their nationality and the length of their stay. Here's what you need to know about obtaining a Guatemala visa:

Different Types of Visas for Guatemala

There are several types of visas for Guatemala, depending on the purpose of your visit. The most common types of visas include:

  • Guatemala Tourist Visa:The Guatemala Tourist visa is for those who want to visit the country for tourism purposes. It allows travelers to engage in various sightseeing activities during their stay.

  • Guatemala Business Visa:The Guatemala Business visa allows entry into the country for the duration of its validity, permitting the holder to participate in business-related activities while in Guatemala.

  • Guatemala Cultural Visa: Guatemala Cultural Visa enables you to enter Guatemala for cultural purposes, such as attending cultural events.

  • Guatemala Sports Visa:Guatemala Sports Visa lets you enter Guatemala for the purpose of participating in sports events for the period of permitted stay.

  • Guatemala Religious Visa:Guatemala Religious Visas are issued to foreign nationals who are invited by a religious organization in Guatemala to perform religious activities for a short period of time. The visa allows them to enter and stay in the country for the duration of their religious duties.

  • Guatemala Residence Permit:Guatemala's official embassies and consulates do not issue long-term visas for purposes such as study or work. Instead, visa applicants can apply for short-term tourist visas to travel to Guatemala. They can then apply for residence permits once they are in the country.

Documents Required for Guatemalan eVisa Online / Visa on arrival / ETA / Invite letters

To obtain a Guatemalan visa, you must meet certain requirements, including:

  • A valid passport with at least six months validity
  • Completed visa application form
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay
  • Proof of onward or return travel
  • A letter of invitation (if applicable)
  • Payment of visa fee

Validity of a Guatemala Visa

The validity of a Guatemala visa depends on the type of visa issued. Tourist visas are usually valid for up to 90 days, while other visas may have longer validity periods.

How to Fill Out the Online Guatemala Visa Application Form

To apply for a Guatemala visa online, you must first fill out the visa application form, which can be found on the eVisa website. The application form requires you to provide personal and travel information, including your passport details, itinerary, and purpose of your visit.

Steps to Apply for a Guatemala Visa

There are two ways to apply for a Guatemala visa: online through the eVisa system, where available, or in person at the nearest Guatemala embassy or consulate. Online applications are processed faster, but some types of visas may require an in-person interview at the embassy or consulate.

Applying for a Guatemala Visa Online (eVisa)

To apply for a Guatemala eVisa, you must follow these steps:

  • Visit the official Guatemalan government website and fill out the online application form
  • Upload your supporting documents, including your passport, photo, and itinerary
  • Pay the visa fee online using a credit or debit card
  • Wait for your eVisa to be processed and delivered via email

Applying for a Guatemala Visa at an Embassy or Consulate

To apply for a Guatemala visa at an embassy or consulate, you must follow these steps:

  • Locate the nearest Guatemalan embassy or consulate in your country
  • Schedule an appointment to submit your visa application and supporting documents
  • Attend your appointment and pay the visa fee in person
  • Wait for your visa to be processed and delivered to you

Processing Time for Obtaining a Guatemala Visa

When obtaining a Guatemala visa, the processing time can vary depending on the urgency of your travel plans. Here are the three processing options available:

  • Normal Processing: This option typically takes 5-15 business days to process your visa application.
  • Rush Processing: If you need your visa more quickly, you can choose the Rush Processing option. This typically takes 2-4 business days and may come with an additional fee.
  • Super Rush Processing: For the most urgent visa needs, the Super Rush Processing option can provide a visa in as little as 1 business day. This option may come with a higher fee than the other processing options.

It is important to plan ahead and choose the processing time that best fits your travel needs and timeline.

Countries Eligible for a Guatemala eVisa

The list of countries eligible for the Guatemala eVisa is not yet available since the eVisa system is still in the process of being launched. However, once the system is operational, the list of eligible countries will be made public, and travelers from those countries can apply for the eVisa online.

Guatemala Visa Policy Map


Eligible Countries/Nationalities for e-visa/visa on arrival

Countries/Nationalities Required Regular/Paper Visa for travelling to

Visa Exempt Countries/Nationalities for travelling to
Guatemalan visa policy map.

Regular visasAll Countries / Nationalities that required regular visa for Guatemala

If your country is not eligible for a Guatemala eVisa, you'll need to apply for a visa through the nearest Guatemalan embassy or consulate.

Urgent Application Process for a Guatemala Visa

If you need to obtain a Guatemala visa urgently, there are two expedited processing options available:

  • Rush Processing: This option typically takes 2-4 business days to process your visa application. You may be required to pay an additional fee for this option.
  • Super Rush Processing: For the most urgent visa needs, the Super Rush Processing option can provide a visa in as little as 1 business day. This option may come with a higher fee than the other processing options.

It is important to note that these expedited processing options are only available in certain circumstances and may require additional documentation or justification for the urgency of your travel plans. It is recommended to plan ahead and apply for your visa well in advance of your travel dates to avoid any potential issues or delays.

Expired Guatemala Visa: What to Do?

If your Guatemala visa has expired and you wish to remain in the country, you must apply for an extension or a new visa. Overstaying your visa can result in fines or deportation.

Cost of Obtaining a Guatemala Visa

The cost of obtaining a Guatemala visa depends on the type of visa you're applying for and your nationality. To ensure accurate and up-to-date information on the cost of your Guatemala visa, it is best to use the fee tool provided above. This can help you plan and budget for your trip, as well as avoid any surprises or delays in the visa application process.

Here are the benefits of using the fee tool provided above:

  • Determine the exact cost of your Guatemala visa based on your specific visa type and nationality.
  • Plan your travel budget more accurately and avoid any potential delays or issues with your visa application due to incorrect payment or lack of funds.
  • Save time and effort in researching the cost of your visa through other means.
  • Have access to up-to-date and accurate information regarding the cost of your visa, helping you plan your trip accordingly.

Choosing Between a Guatemala eVisa or Sticker Visa

When applying for a Guatemala visa, you may have the option to choose between an eVisa or a sticker visa. Here is a comparison table to help you decide which option is best for you:




Sticker Visa

Application Process

Online application

Paper application submitted to Guatemalan embassy or consulate

Processing Time

5-15 business days

Varies depending on location and embassy workload


90 days

Varies depending on visa type

Entry Type

Single entry

Single or multiple entries

Delivery Method

Digital delivery via email

Physical sticker placed in passport

Recommended for

Short-term tourists or business travelers

Long-term travelers or those with complex visa needs

Ultimately, the decision between an eVisa and a sticker visa will depend on your specific travel needs and preferences. Consider the length and purpose of your trip, the number of entries you need, and your timeline for obtaining the visa when making your choice.

Obtaining a Work Visa for Guatemala

If you're planning to work in Guatemala, you'll need to obtain a work visa. To apply for a work visa, you'll need to submit the following documents:

  • Completed work visa application form
  • Valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining
  • Two recent passport-size photos
  • Police clearance certificate from your home country
  • Employment contract or letter from your employer in Guatemala
  • Certificate of Good Standing from the Guatemalan tax authorities
  • Health certificate issued by a Guatemalan medical institution

FAQs about Guatemalan eVisa

 For long-stay, employment, or other visa inquiries, please reach out to the following embassies