Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala Regarding Visa Status

April 6, 2020

Location: Guatemala 

Event:   The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to remain in Guatemala in legal status until the travel restrictions are lifted, even if their 90-day authorization to remain in Guatemala has lapsed at that time.

Non-Guatemalans whose 90-day status lapsed before March 5, 2020 and who are unlawfully present in Guatemala must be processed at the Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración in Guatemala City to resolve their status.

Actions to take:

For additional information, please contact the Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración via or at (502) 2411-2411. Refer to the Acuerdo de Autoridad Migratoria Nacional No. 3-2018 which provides a complete fee schedule. 

Review the State Department’s Global Level 4 Health Travel Advisory at

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S. 

Monitor local news for updates. 


U.S. Embassy Guatemala City 

Tel. (502) 2326-4000   

State Department – Consular Affairs 

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page 

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