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False Rumors of Requirement for “Exit Approval” From the Embassy
March 20, 2020

Press ReleaseREF# 2020-10                                                                                                                           

Press Release 


We are aware of rumors that foreign tourists must secure a letter from their country’s embassy in order to depart Guatemala. This rumor is false. Based on the latest information we have received from the Guatemalan government, Guatemala does not require an embassy letter for foreign travelers to leave the country.

The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are continuously assessing travel conditions in all areas affected by COVID-19 and will continue to update our travel advisories and safety information for U.S. travelers as situations evolve. U.S. Citizens in Guatemala should do the following to ensure they receive the latest information from the embassy: