Do I need a passport?

If you are a U.S. citizen, each expeditioner will need a passport to enter and exit Guatemala; a driver’s license or birth certificate is not sufficient. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of proposed entry into Guatemala. Check your passport’s expiration date ASAP. It needs to expire six months after the day you arrive in the country in order to be valid for travel to Guatemala. If you need to apply for or renew your passport, do so as soon as possible; the process can take up to three months.

If you hold citizenship in a country other than the United States, please research passport requirements for travel to Guatemala through your foreign ministry.

Please review the U.S. State Department’s web pages on Guatemala for further details:

Need a U.S. passport?
 Visit the State Department website.

According to the State Department: “Processing times can vary depending on workload and occasional unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. During busier times, such as the summer travel season, we encourage customers to expedite their applications if traveling in less than 10 weeks. See Application Processing Times for more information.”

Please note that if you are under 18 and traveling with a guardian or only one parent, you must carry a special immigration form. CHOICE has these forms, which must be completed and signed by parent/s and notarized.

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