Guatemala: Most Venezuelan Nationals Now Require Consulted Visa

• Effective immediately, Venezuelan nationals traveling to Guatemala for all purposes who do not hold a Guatemalan residence permit must obtain a consulted visa prior to traveling. Previously, Venezuelan nationals were visa exempt. • The process for obtaining a consulted visa is burdensome and can take from six to eight months.

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Mar 20, 2018
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The situation

The Immigration authorities in Guatemala (Dirección Nacional de Migración) have announced that, effective immediately, Venezuelan nationals who do not hold residence permits in Guatemala must obtain a consulted visa prior to traveling. Previously, Venezuelan nationals were exempt from this requirement.

A closer look

  • Obtaining a consulted visa.  Authorized third parties, such as a Fragomen representative or attorney, can file a consulted visa application in Guatemala on behalf of the Venezuelan national. Processing can take between six to eight months to process.  
  • Impact. Venezuelan nationals seeking to travel to Guatemala and employers planning to send Venezuelan nationals to Guatemala should plan ahead to ensure enough time for the processing of the consulted visa.
  • Exclusions.
    • Venezuelan nationals who hold residence permits for Guatemala are not required to obtain a consulted visa.
    • Venezuelan nationals who hold a valid U.S. or Canadian visa are exempt from the consulted visa requirement but must now obtain a visa at a Guatemalan consulate abroad, which is processed in up to a week.

 

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to lar@fragomen.com.

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