Living in Guatemala guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Guatemala with the expat guide

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General information
  • Learn about the main historical, geographical, economic and cultural features of Guatemala.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements


Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Find out how to obtain a temporary or permanent residence permit in Guatemala in order to stay in the country longer that 90 days.

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  • You can apply for a visa to enter Guatemala, though there are a number of country's nationals who are allowed to stay up to 90 days without a visa.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Find in this article an introduction to Guatemalas employment market and tips to find a job in Guatemala.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • This article offers information on the Guatemalan housing market and advice to help you find a home in Guatemala.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Guatemala has a public university and a number of popular language schools for those hoping to study in the country.

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Health care

Public and private health systems


Open and manage a bank account
  • An overview of Guatemala's banking system, along with tips about opening a Guatemalan bank account as a non-resident.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Find in this article an overview of the major taxes applicable in Guatemala, including income tax, capital gains tax and VAT.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Learn about the different means of transportation in Guatemala. Buses are the main way to get around and there is also an international airport.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Find information about drivers licenses, driving regulations, road networks, and road-related customs in Guatemala.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Find out how to bring your possessions and your pets with you if you are moving to Guatemala. You should abide by customs rules and find reliable movers.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Find out what to expect from Guatemala's internet and telephone services. Though there is limited infrastructure, mobile phones are very popular.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • An overview of the leisure and entertainment options in Guatemala, including the natural and cultural sights.

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  • In Guatemala there are several places where one can watch free movies as part of cultural programs in different institutions.

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