Guatemalans traveling to Spain for short trips of up to 90 days’ duration are currently granted entry for business trips, tourism, or transit just by presenting their passport upon arrival. This visa-free condition that travelers from Guatemala enjoy when visiting Spain —or the rest of the Schengen member nations— is available thanks to the Visa Waiver Agreement between the country and the EU.
The visa waiver grants Guatemalans entry into Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area without having to apply for a visa until 2022. Nevertheless, this is bound to change towards the end of 2022, when the ETIAS travel authorization is fully implemented and operational.
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is being gradually set in place by Spain and the rest of the Schengen nations to continue the fight against terrorism in Europe. ETIAS also aims to increase security in the EU.
The ETIAS Spain travel authorization will not reintroduce visa-like conditions and will be an easy-to-obtain entry requirement for all travelers holding a passport from a visa waiver country such as Guatemala. Therefore, Guatemalans will need to apply for an ETIAS to visit Spain as soon as the system is launched to the public at the end of 2022.
Traveling to Spain from Guatemala with an ETIAS
Before departing from their home country towards Europe, Guatemalan passport holders of all ages —including minors— will need to register online to obtain an ETIAS Spain travel authorization.
Parents and legal guardians can complete the ETIAS Spain application form on behalf of underage children.
The ETIAS Spain requirements for Guatemalans are quite simple, applicants need to comply with the following before completing the online application form:
- Stay in Spain and/or the rest of the Schengen Area does not exceed 90 days within a 180-day period
- Purpose of the trip is leisure and tourism, business, or transit
- The applicant is a Guatemalan passport holder
Once the ETIAS Spain is approved, the traveler can simply present their Guatemalan passport upon arrival to the Schengen borders. The system will then verify the machine-readable Guatemala passport to ensure the traveler has a valid ETIAS Spain and complies with the rest of the European entry requirements.
ETIAS Application for Guatemalan Citizens
The ETIAS Spain online application form is simple and quick to complete once the citizen has the necessary requirements at hand (see full list below).
Applicants will be asked to complete the ETIAS Spain online form with the following personal, passport, and travel information:
- Passport country, number, as well as the date of issuance and expiration
- Full name —exactly as it appears on the Guatemalas passport
- Purpose of the visit
- First Schengen country of intended arrival
- Date and place of birth
- Intended arrival date
Once the applicant has completed this information, they should take a moment to verify that the details introduced in the ETIAS Spain application form coincides exactly with the way it is printed on their Guatemala passport.
Any errors or inconsistencies in the data may delay the processing of the application or even result in rejected applications.
Next, the applicant will be asked to introduce their contact information, including their email address and mobile phone number. This is needed in order to contact the applicant should any additional information be required to obtain ETIAS Spain for Guatemalans.
Since it is an electronic travel authorization, the Guatemalan traveler will receive the ETIAS Spain via email, once it is approved.
A vast majority of applications are approved within the first 24 hours after the payment for the ETIAS Spain fees is received. Fees can be paid using a credit or debit card at the time of submitting the ETIAS online application for Guatemalans.
However, some ETIAS Spain applications from Guatemala may require slightly longer processing time. Therefore, it is advisable to apply for the travel authorization at least 3 business days prior to the desired travel date.
Passport and Documents Needed
Visiting Spain for Guatemalans will continue to be easy and straightforward with an added layer of security, once the ETIAS launches.
The required documents for Guatemalans to obtain an ETIAS Spain are simple. Travelers need to have:
- A valid machine-readable Guatemala passport that remains unexpired for at least 3 months beyond the intended travel dates
- An email address the applicant has access to —to receive notifications regarding the processing of their ETIAS application from Guatemala, as well as the approved travel authorization, once it is granted
- A valid credit or debit card to cover the ETIAS Spain fees
Guatemalan applicants with more than one valid passport due to dual citizenship applying for an ETIAS need to choose one passport to apply for the visa waiver and make sure to travel on the same passport.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Guatemala
Guatemalan citizens visiting Spain for purposes different from leisure, tourism, transit, or business —such as residence, work, or long-term studies— or wishing to spend more than 90 days per 180-day period allowed by the ETIAS Spain will need to apply for a consular visa.
Spanish work visas, Spanish residence for Guatemalans, or student visas for Spain can be obtained at the Embassy of Spain in Guatemala.
Here is the address and contact details at which citizens may obtain information as well as the necessary application forms to obtain a Spanish consular visa in Guatemala.
Guatemalan Embassy and Consulates in Spain
Guatemalans visiting Spain on an ETIAS may wish to keep the details of the diplomatic representations available to assist them, should any need arise during their visit.