Visas to Guatemala

You are required to have a passport if you are outside Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Visa requirements are simple, passports are classified in three groups A, B and C. If you are in “List A” you are lucky, no visa is required for you, “List B” passports require visa, and it should be easy to get in any embassy or consulate, if you have a “List C” passport, you are out of luck, you require a restricted visa. If you are in one of the C countries, and have gotten a visa, let me know how, so I can share it here.

People from CA-4 countries, do not require passports, this is a Central American initiative that let you travel in Central America with only your government issued ID. CA-4 countries include Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, and travel between these countries for people of this nationalities is really easy. Honduras usually makes it a little harder from what I have heard. This is only for people 18 years or older, as children of these countries do require a valid passport.

Some official and diplomatic passports do not need visa even if they are in Category B or C

Category A Passports

Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Austria,

Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brasil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria,

Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Cyprus, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia


United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America (includes Guam), Estonia

Fiji, Finland, France (and French territories)


Hungary, Ireland, Island, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Italy, Japan


Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,

Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco

Norway, New Zeland

Panama, Paraguay, Polony


Netherlands (includes Aruba and Netherlands Antilles), Great Britain (includes Hong Kong with British Nationality), Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russian Federation

Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Vatican, Saint Thomas and Prince, Singapore, South Africa, Sweeden Switzerland,

Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu

Ukraine, Uruguay,


Also passports of OAS (OEA), UN (ONU), European Commission

Category B Passports


Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire

Dijbouti, Dominica



Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana,

India (US, Canada or Schengen Visas can be used)


Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati,


Malawi, Maldives, Montenegro, Mauritania, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar,

Namibia, Nauru, Niger

Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru,

Central African Republic, Rwanda,

Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Suriname, Swaziland

Thailand, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan,

Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Category C Passports

Afghanistan, Albany, Angola, Algeria, Armenia,

Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana,

Cameron, China, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, North Korea, Cuba

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana,


Indonesia, Iraq, Iran,



Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya,

Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique,

Nepal, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Sierra Leona, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan

East Timor,



other not recognized as a state by Guatemala are Palestine, Sahrawi Arab

and any other Countries not listed above.

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24 thoughts on “Visas to Guatemala”

  1. Dear Madam….

    I, Mr. Uttam Shrestha, Managing Director of Silver Star Educational Consultancy from Kathmandu Nepal, hereby express my sincere desire to visit in Guatemala for 15 days. As per you know there is no Guatemala embassy in Nepal and even in India. In this regard, I would be thankful to you if you could give detail information regarding my visa application to visit in Guatemala.
    1) Can Nepali apply visa on arrival in Guatemala?
    2) If not where to lodge my visa application?
    3) What documents do I need to submit and where?
    4) What is consulted visa and where to obtain?

    I would be thankful to you if you could give detail information.
    I look forward to hear from you.
    Thanking you,
    Uttam Shrestha
    Managing Director
    Silver Star Educational Consultancy
    Putalisadak Kathmandu Nepal

        1. This is the answer I got:

          Mr. Uttam Shrestha

          It’s not possible to obtain a Guatemalan visa on arrival, Nepal it’s a Consulted Visa, the application must be done here in Guatemala by a Guatemalan, who will be in charge of your stay in the country, he has to be your guarantor. So you need to get in touch with a Guatemalan national to be able to obtain your visa.

  2. I’m not sure of the accuracy of the information provided on your website since Indians do require a visa for guatemala since June 2011 according to the embassy in Japan. Please update you information.

  3. Hi

    I have scheduled business meeting in our branch office in Guatemala from 11th to 25th of October, 2014. But regret to say that being a Bangladeshi nationals I need VISA and previous authorisation.

    There is no Guatemalan Embassy here in my country and nearest embassy is in India. I cannot manage VISA from India because I need 6 months to get Indian VISA !

    In this regard could you please let me know
    – How to obtain business visa for Guatemala
    – What documents do I need to submit and where
    – How long time it takes to get visa

    Is it possible if my Guatemalan colleague apply visa for me?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Md. Shariful Haque
    Global Trainer
    Project Unity
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Mobile: +880(1919)160070

    1. Hi Alfonso,

      Thank you very much for your flash response. Please note, before leaving comment here I have already gone through the site of foreign ministry where I could not find much info regarding how to get visa for C category passport holder.

      I have also gone through a website where it is mentioned that

      “Visa Exemptions

      All travellers must hold a visa except the following
      8. Travellers with a valid visa for Canada, the United States of America or a Schengen member country.
      However, such rules do not apply to:
      8.1. Citizens of Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh…”

      Now I am afraid if I can manage to get visa for Guatemala 🙁


  4. Dear Sir / Madam,

    I am a Lebanese Citizen, but I am working and living in Nigeria, I was wondering how is it possible to be able to obtain a Guatemalan tourrist visa, as I am intending to be visiting a friend of mine who is from Guatemala.

    Can you please help me figure out if it is possible to obtain a visa, because I am not able to find a Guatemalan Embassy in Nigeria.

    What is the process that I should be following, what papers should I apply, and where should I apply in order to get the visa.

    I would also like to mention, that my ticket rout is going to be through Madrid, and I will be obtaining the Sheingen Visa for that purpose, would that make it any easier to get the Guatemalan Visa ? Or possibly be exempted from it ?

    Thank you,

  5. Hi,

    I had same problem and just came back from Guatemala. I am Bangladeshi citizen. Last Sep I was in Hamburg, Germany and seeking for Guatemalan visa. As there is no embassy in Bangladesh so I tried to get it from Germany who then refused as they are not aurhorized to issue visa for Bangladeshi nationals.

    I did check with my counterpart (my office) in Guatemala who then visited ministry of foreign affairs. From there they got the list of countries who can issue visa for Bangladeshi, none of which was feasible for me!

    Therefore I communicated with the consulate in Hamburg and convinced who then requested ministry of foreign affairs. Ministry of foreign affrairs then ordered Guatemalan Embassy in Berlin. I got my visa on the day I visited Berlin.

    It was tough to communicate with them even with the officials because everyone talk in spanish. Even the website is also written in spanish!

    If you can manage to get visa from other country dont forget to stay there for longer time.

    So far I visited almost 14 countries and Guatemala is the best to me. People are very hospitable there though not safe everywhere.

    Some people wants to go to Guatemala with an intention to enter in USA. therefore it is harder to ge in there. This country is mostly controlled by USA. So far as I know more than 200 Mongolian People were stuck in Guatemala Airport for more than a month who had intetion to enter in USA.

    So be careful and good luck.


  6. I am not sure how legitimate the information is on this website because Columbian passport holders doesn’t require visa. I asked at the consulate of guatemala.

  7. Hello Dear Sir/Madam
    i need visa of Guatemala because i want to meet my friend there. i from to Pakistan, having only Pakistani valid Passport.
    so please guide me and share info about that.

  8. Hello,

    I am a Philippine Passport holder. I just want to know if we can use US tourist visa and schengen visa if we have one, so we dont need to apply for a guatemala visa. Thank you.


  9. i am pakistan national born in kuwait and settle here in kuwait, i have done M.B.A and working as call center Manager in kuwait where as my wife is El salvador citizen.
    Can she sponser me visa of El salvador ?

  10. hi thanx for your help iam from Djibouti and i have Djibouti passport i live in Egypt so i was wondering how can i get visa easy since i live in Egypt/

  11. Hi,

    I am a Vietnamese citizen but I currently live in New York. Can I request for visa through the Guatemala Embassy in New York? If possible, what paperwork do I need and where can I find out exactly what form and language the paperwork should be in?

    Thank you.


  12. Hi Alfonso,

    I am a Indian citizen, living in the US , with a valid work visa (not green card). Would I need a tourist visa (indian passport) to Guatemala for 3 weeks?

    I have called two consulates (Maryland and San Francisco) and get different answers. My tickets are booked and I leave in 3 weeks. Can you confirm the latest news from anyone in the embassy?

    Thank you!

  13. Hola,
    Soy Ahmed de Oman y vivo en Oman tambien, Quiero visit Guatemala pero Oman no esta mencionado en las listas. y Puedo obtener la visa en el aeropuerto si tuviera la visa de Schengen o US?

  14. Dear sir,
    I am from India and i am living in Qatar and i need a visa to go Guatemala but over in Qatar there is no embassy of Guatemala, can you please tell me can i get visa on arrival or can please help about this issue how and from where i can get the visa but i am having a valid visa of Qatar i still need a visa to come to Guatemala and also my wife living in Guatemala she is having a Guatemala nationality or she can help with this problem.

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