Last update 19 September 2019Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Guatemala
Currently the Republic of Bulgaria has no functioning embassy in Guatemala. The embassy in charge of Guatemala is in Mexico.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico
Address: Paseo de la Reforma 1990, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, Del. Miguel Hidalgoc.p.11000, México D.F.
Telephone: +52 55 55963283; +52 55 55963295
Fax: +52 55 55961012
Office hours: Mo - Fri, 09.00 - 12.30 h
Information by telephone: Mo - Fri, 09.00 - 14.00 h
Embassy of Guatemala in Tel Aviv (accredited for Bulgaria)
Address: Israel, 103, Medinat Hayehudim Street, Beit Ackerstein, Entry A, 4th floor, Herzliya Pituah
Tel.: +972 9 957 73 35
Fax: +972 9 951 85 06
Office hours: 09.00 - 15.00 h (Mon to Thu); 09.00 - 14.00 h (Fri)
Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Bulgaria
Sofia, 57, rue Tsar Simeon
Tél.: +359 2 983 65 44
Guatemalan quetzal (GTQ)
On spot payments with American Dollars are possible too. Euros can be exchanged in certain places too, but it is recommendable to use American Dollars.
Crime and security
Due to the complicated situation in the northern parts of the country during the last months tourist are recommended to travel in groups to avoid frequent use of public transport and the use of expensive personal effects, which may expose them to theft.
Registration of foreign currency amounting to US Dollars 10 000 is not required upon entry in the country.
Import of milk and meat products is not allowed.
Persons over 18 years of age may import up to five litres of alcohol and up to 500 gram of tobacco.
The rainy and hurricane period is from June to November.
Travel papers and visas
Passport, valid for at least six months.
Bulgarian nationals may stay in the country without visa for a period of up to 90 days. In case of necessity to prolong the stay you should refer to the country migration service for assistance and taking the necessary measures.
In case you wish to stay longer in the country for the purpose of working, training or exercising another profitable activity, you need to obtain the required type of visa in advance.
Vaccinations in case of longer stay in the country - vaccination against tetanus, hepatitis A and B, yellow fever is recommended. In the tropical regions and along the coast infections with dengue and/or malaria are possible.
To obtain further information about visa and other questions Bulgarian nationals may contact the following telephones and e-mail addresses for assistance:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala
Address: 2a Av. 4-17 zona 10, Ciudad de Guatemala
Telephone: +502 2410 000; +502 2410 0150; +502 2410 0156; +502 2410 0158
Embassy of Guatemala in Tel Aviv, accredited for the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: Medinat Hayeudim, Beit Ackerstein, 103 ôBö St., Floor 2, Herzlia Pituach
Telephone:+ 972 9 957 7335
Delegation of the European Union to Guatemala
Address: Edificio Europlaza, 5a avenida 5-55, Zona14, Torre II, Nivel 17 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A.
Telephone: +502 2384 2500
Fax: +502 2384 2596
Upon entry in the country the migration authorities affix a compulsory stamp on the travel document. When leaving Guatemala, in case of non-existence of such stamp a fine is paid.
Foreign currency amounting up to US Dollars 10 000 is not a subject to registration.
When leaving the country by air an exit fee amounting to Quetzal 20 is collected. In case your trip includes a transit connection in the USA an additional exit fee of US Dollars 35 is paid. If you leave Guatemala by road exit fees are not paid.
Water from water supply mains is not recommended for drinking.
Use or possession of drugs is a criminal offence.
Certification and legalisation
Guatemala is not a member country of the Hague Convention for public documents certification with Apostil.
The procedure for certification and legalisation of documents from Guatemala, intended for the Republic of Bulgaria, is as follows:
- the document is certified by the Foreign Ministry of Guatemala;
- certification by the embassy of Mexico in Guatemala follows;
- certification by the Mexican Foreign Ministry;
- certification by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico, accredited in Guatemala.
Procedure for the certification of documents from the Republic of Bulgaria, intended for use on the territory of Guatemala:
- Certification with “Apostil” by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry;
- certification by the embassy of Mexico in Budapest, responsible for the Republic of Bulgaria;
- certification by the Mexican Foreign Ministry;
- certification by the consulate office of the embassy of Guatemala in Mexico;
The so prepared documents need to be accompanied with a translation, duly certified;
Bulgarian identity documents
The Bulgarian citizens in Guatemala could apply for issuing of new passports, identity cards and driving licences through the embassy of Bulgaria in Mexico, which has the technical equipment for the collection of biometric data - fingerprints and photographs.