Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City (December 13, 2022)
Event: Plan ahead! Is your or your child’s U.S. passport expiring in the next year? If so, make a plan now to renew it at least six months before it will expire. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
⦁ Make an appointment!
Renew by mail
You may qualify to renew by mail (or courier) if your most recent U.S. passport: (1) is in your possession, (2) was issued when you were at least 16 and less than 15 years ago, and (3) shows your current legal name. For more information on how to renew your passport by mail, please go here.
If you do not qualify for renewal by mail, schedule an appointment to come in-person to the U.S. Embassy. Appointments are available through December 2023.
If you have emergency travel needs, schedule the next available appointment and then email AmCitsGuatemala@state.gov to request an earlier one.
Before coming to the embassy, double-check the date, time, and location of your appointment. The latest information about the embassy’s hours and location is available here.
Make sure you come to your appointment prepared with all the required forms and supporting documents needed for the service you are requesting. For a list of different passport services and the associated requirements, please visit here. All passport forms are found here.
Remember that to apply you will need to either provide your Social Security Number or declare under penalty of perjury that you have never been issued a Social Security Number. (This document will be provided at the Embassy.)
Please bring your most recent passport with you to your appointment, especially if it is still valid or has not yet been cancelled.
Note that in most cases, your application materials will be accepted at the Embassy but will be adjudicated at passport agencies in the United States, and your new passport will be printed in the United States and then mailed to the Embassy.
⦁ Get your new passport!
Most applicants receive their new passport within a month of applying.
You can choose to pick up your new passport at the Embassy or have it delivered to a Cargo Expreso/Guatex location near you. In-person pickup at the Embassy is available Monday through Thursday, 1:30PM to 3:30PM, except when the Embassy is closed for Guatemalan or US holidays.
If someone other than the applicant will be picking up the new passport, they should bring a letter of authorization signed by the applicant and any receipts provided to the applicant during their appointment.
You can track the status of your new passport here, which will show the day your passport is printed in the United States. Your passport should arrive at the Embassy about 8-10 days later.
Actions to Take:
⦁ All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
⦁ Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Guatemala.
⦁ Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens.
⦁ Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
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
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.