Visa Information and Tips . 25 Nov 2016 . Joshua Idahosa

How Nigerians Can Get a Visa to Guatemala

About Guatemala

Guatemala is a Central American country, located south-East of Mexico. It is the most populated country in Central America, with an estimated population of around 15.8 million. It is home to volcanoes, rain-forests and ancient Mayan sites. Guatemala City is its capital, Spanish is its official language of communication, and the Guatemalan quetzal is the currency in use.

Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal Republic of Central America, which dissolved in 1841. Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems includes a large number of endemic species and contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot.

Types of Visa to Guatemala

There are several visa types that can be granted to travelers who wish to get into Guatemala borders, and this depends on the purpose of the travel.

  1. Tourist visa
  2. Business visa
  3. Transit visa

Where to Go

There is no Guatemalan embassy or consulate here in Nigeria, but a visa into Guatemala can be obtained from any other country with a Guatemalan embassy. You can find a list of countries that have a Guatemalan embassy or consulate here.


It is important to have all the required documents ready when apply for a visa of any sort. Below is a list of documents you would be needing when applying for a Guatemalan business visa.

  1. Visa application form completely filled (in block letters) and signed.

  2. Recent passport sized photographs which captures the full face with a light background is required.

  3. National passport with validity exceeding the expected return date, with at least two blank pages.

  4. Copy of the passports data sheet (page on which the photo is located).

  5. Copies of your previous visas (if any).

  6. A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Guatemala and itinerary.

  7. Flight Itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Guatemala.

  8. Health Insurance. Proof of health insurance covering international travel.

  9. Hotel reservation for the duration of the intended stay in Guatemala.

  10. A proof of your civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse if applicable).

  11. Proof of legal stay (if the application is not presented in the country of origin).

  12. Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Guatemala.

  13. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in Guatemala, their bank statement would be required. Please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc.).

  14. Original Business letter, signed by the inviting company on the company letter paper, providing information about the travel purpose, specifying the type and desired validity of the visa.

  15. Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies, if any exists.

  16. Certificate of employment (if employed).

  17. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  18. A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel (if employed).

  19. Trade register excerpt or the like (for self-employed).

  20. Bank statement for the last 3 months.

  21. Proof of group travel (if the travel is going to done in a group).

  22. Trade License (first issued and present renewal).

  23. Visa fees for visa

According to each individual case the competent embassy may request for additional documentation.

For further information, and all types of visas, please call or visit the appropriate Guatemalan embassy.

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