Guatemala Visa for Indians

Guatemala Visa for Indians

Guatemala is one of those countries that is severely underrated as a travel destination. We arrived here a few weeks ago and our experience here has been nothing short of mind blowing! After we got out of the fairly crazy Guatemala City we ended up in our AirBNB in Antigua. We spend our days walking down cobblestone streets surrounded by beautiful volcanoes, one of which is in an active eruption phase! There is incredible food, culture, nature, and a ton of other experiences worth trying out. My Spanish is improving a lot here too because Guatemalans have a very clear and easy to understand accent. Furthermore, Guatemala used to be the seat of power for the Mayan civilization. If you are into history and architecture you could spend a lifetime here checking out ancient ruins and immersing yourself in colorful Mayan culture.

A&Z visiting the ancient ruins of Tikal, the cradle of the Mayan Civilization

A&Z visiting the ancient ruins of Tikal, the cradle of the Mayan Civilization


Guatemala does not have any embassy or consulate in India. As such, it would be difficult to get a visa for Guatemala in India. However, they operate a very beneficial visa exemption system based on other visas that you might have. If you have a valid USA, Canadian, or Schengen visa in your passport you can enter Guatemala for tourism with a 90 day stamp, no questions asked. The Indian Embassy in Guatemala provides the same information:

Indian travelers holding valid USA, Canada or Schengen Visa in their passports do not need to apply for Guatemalan Visa.


We flew in here from Puerto Rico on American Airlines. At check-in, the airline did ask us for a ticket out of Guatemala so it might bode well for you if you have a refundable ticket booked in advance. We had a return leg already booked to New York after a few weeks so I just mentioned that.

Once we arrived at the airport there was an arrival immigration form to fill. The immigration officer asked to see my US visa and then stamped my passport with a 90 day entry stamp. It was that simple. No other questions asked. The immigration form does ask for an address in Guatemala so you should have at least your first hotel stay or AirBNB booked in advance.

View of Agua Volcano and the city of Antigua

View of Agua Volcano and the city of Antigua


If you are an Indian with a valid USA, Canada or Schengen Visa, I would definitely recommend taking the time to visit Guatemala. It’s an extremely rewarding and beautiful country to visit. Furthermore, it’s definitely one of the most affordable Central American countries with some of the friendliest people we have ever met while traveling!

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  • Kumar Aditya Says

    Enjoy guys, I went to Guatemala in December and loved it, do rent an airbnb at Lake atitlan and just do nothing…

  • Kapil Goyal Says

    Hey. Really enjoy reading your posts. Got much to know about Visa’s for Indians from your posts.
    I have a question about stay in these countries. Would you prefer AIR BNB or HOSTELS during your stay esp in S-America? Do you feel any of this is less costly or much SAFE as compared to one another? I read your Mexico experience about AIR

    • Ashray Says

      That Mexico experience was really a one time thing. We became much more careful after that. AirBNB used to be a budget option but now hostels are definitely cheaper for most circumstances. Hostels are also perfectly safe as long as you are careful and use common sense precautions depending on the country you are in. AirBNB has served us well in the future after that so we continue to use it like in Antigua right now.

  • That Agua Volcano is the iconic image in my mind regarding Guatemala – I’d love to visit some time!

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I love that you provide visa advice for a nationality other than Western nations!

  • rohan Says

    Hey Ashray,

    your writing is so appealing, you inspired me to visit guatemala. hope i will use your article when if i could go to this awesome place.

    BTw I had used AirBNB when i have visited spain and i had good experience.

  • Prabjit Singh Says

    If Someone dont have US,Canda,,,,SCh Visa.what is the procedure for getting Guatemala visa from India…..

  • Jeevanand.K Says


    I have Valid USA C1 Visa. is that enough to enter the Guatemala for three weeks business Trip. I am asking this Because USA C1 is Transit Visa which allows me to transit and Stay (less than 29 days) in USA. it is not tourist/Business Visa.

    kindly help with the information.


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