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 Guatemala - Formalities

Clearance

On arrival yachts are normally visited by Customs, Immigration, Police, Health and Port Captain.

Procedure on Departure: A zarpe (clearance) must be obtained from Immigration and the Port Captain must sign it. Passports must also have exit stamps from Immigration.

For length of stay permitted see Customs.

Details of Fees can be found below.

Last updated September 2014.

Immigration

Prior visas are not required by nationals of the European Union, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, USA and Uruguay.

A tourist visa card must be purchased on entry. This new CA-4 visa applies to the following countries:- Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The length of stay (normally 90 days) applies to the whole group and only one extension will usually be granted. To remain in the region longer, a visit to a country outside the CA-4 area must be made and a new visa will be issued on re-entry.

There is a daily fine for overstaying one's permitted time.

Passports should always be carried especially if travelling inland.

Last updated November 2013.

Immigration Department
Departamento de Extranjería (Foreigners’ Office) , 6a Av 3-11, Zona 4, Guatemala City
Tel:2411 2411
Opening hours: 8am-2:30pm (Mon-Fri).
The permitted 30 day extension will normally be issued in the afternoon of the working day after the day you apply.

Customs

Yachts can now cruise Guatemala for up to 12 months without being required to have a marina contract with an INGUAT (Istituto Guatemaltteco de Turismo) registered marina.

The rules that regulate the entry and stay of a yacht in Guatemala are as follows:

1. Boats entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for 3 months. The cost of this permit will be US $50,00 to be paid at the bank located near the customs office.

2. Boats who wish to remain longer than 3 months in Guatemala are recommended to ask immediately for an additional 9 month permit at the cost of US $150,00. If they do not ask for the extension straight away, the captain will have to return to Livingston to do this later.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of US $150,00. This extension may be renewed each 12 months thereafter, but it requires that the vessel be located in an INGUAT (Istituto Guatemaltteco de Turismo) registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

The fees stated above are SAT fees and do not include fees that may be charged by immigration or an agent.

List of INGUAT marinas.

There is no requirement that vessels leave the country for three (3) months or any other period to qualify for these extensions.

Extensions MUST be applied for at least one month before the current permit expires. Once the previous permit expires the only option is to import the vessel (at 30% of the boat's value). Customs will not issue an extension if you apply for it too close to the time of expiration.

SAT (Guatemalan Customs) in Livingston can advise on the best way to apply for extensions.

Other Customs Rules

Note that SAT do a lot of control on the Pacific side of the country as there are many sport fishing boats there that never pay the taxes, so they enforce the law to the letter. Be sure your boat papers are in proper order, in particular if entering the country at Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Barrios and Santa Tomas.

Firearms must be declared. Firearms will be held by police or the port captain during the stay in port. A receipt will be issued.

Last updated September 2014.

Health

Amoebic dysentery is endemic.

Malaria prophylaxis is necessary.

Dengue fever occurs throughout the year.

Documents

Cruising yachts will be issued on arrival with a special permit consisting of a sticker that must be displayed prominently on the boat. The sticker will be attached by the customs officer in the first port of entry.

Fees

The new fees shown below (introduced April 2011) apply only to Monday-Friday check ins and check outs. On Saturdays and Sundays, a Q100 overtime fee will be applied.

As of April 9, 2011, US$1.00 = Q 7.66.

The new fees are as follows:

Check In
Q 500.00 Customs
Q 225.00 Immigration
Q 175.00 Port Captain
Q 100.00 Doctor
Q 1,000.00 total

Check Out
Q 160.00 Inmigration 2 persons
Q 25.00 Customs
Q 165.00 Port Captain
Q 550.00 total

Extensions for boat navigational permits have increased Q300 from Q1500 a year to Q1800 a year.

Last updated December 2011.

Pets

Animals must be declared and should have up-to-date health certificates. They are not allowed to land.

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Richard Voswinckel
Richard Voswinckel says:
Oct 16, 2013 04:33 PM

When arriving or leaving Guatemala via Livingston it is best to use a "tramitador" or agent for a reasonable amount. The one to use is Raul Morales Veiz, tel +502 7947-0888 mobile +502 5510-9104, navieraservamar@gmail.com Livingston Izabal Guatemala

tanny
tanny says:
Nov 09, 2013 09:37 PM

Be advised that after the first 3 months in Guatemala, you must be staying at one of 8 'registered' marinas in order to qualify for a 12 month extention. Marina rates are going up as services remain the same...

Captain John Brandes
Captain John Brandes says:
Mar 30, 2014 03:42 PM

On Friday March 28 there was a meeting at Nana Juana Hotel & Marina in Rio Dulce that was hosted by the Guatemala Ministry of Tourism (INGUAT) where it was announced that the rule regarding vessels having to leave the country for three months has been rescinded and the old system will be implemented. This is very good news for all.

The rule that will take effect April 1 is as follows:

1. Boats when initially entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for three (3) months. The cost for this permit will be $50.00 US dollars plus Q60.00 (about $7.80 US).

2. Boats who wish to remain longer have the option to obtain an additional nine (9) month permit at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months as described above may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of $150.00 US Dollars.

4. The extension described above for periods beyond the initial 12 month period may be renewed each 12 months thereafter indefinitely for a fee of $150.00 US Dollars. These extensions also require that the vessel be located in an INGUATE registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

There is no requirement that vessels leave the country for three (3) months or any other period to qualify for these extensions.

The fees stated above are SAT fees and do not include fees that may be charged by immigration or an agent.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 09, 2014 03:14 PM

Re. the above comment, Raul Veliz, the customs agent in Livingston, reported that these rules have not officially been approved yet. More information when we have it.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 17, 2014 11:20 AM

Lilia Hartmann, author of the Guide to the Rio Dulce, has now confirmed the rules that regulate the entry and stay of a yacht in Guatemala:

1. Boats entering Guatemala from abroad will receive a cruising permit valid for 3 months. The cost of this permit will be US$ 50,00, to be paid at the bank located near the customs office.

2. Boats who wish to remain longer are recommended to ask immediately for an additional 9 month permit at the cost of UD$ 150,00. If they do not ask for the extension straight away, the captain will have to return to Livingston to do this later.

3. Boats who wish to remain after the first 12 months may obtain a permit to remain an additional 12 months at a cost of US$ 150,00. This extension may be renewed each 12 months thereafter, but it requires that the vessel be located in an INGUAT (Istituto Guatemaltteco de Turismo) registered marina and there must be a contract with the marina.

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