Travel and Transportation

Getting to - and around - Guatemala

First things First – Your Passport and Visa

To enter Guatemala, the U.S. and Canadian citizens, EU countries, as well as a few other countries need a valid passport with at least 6 months of validity before expiration. After completing immigration and customs forms on arrival, visitors are given permission to remain in the country for up to 90 days.

Travelers from the US may visit the US State Department website for current information on travel requirements and regulations.

Visa for Stays over 90 Days

If you plan to stay in Guatemala for more than 90 days, a visa is required. Alternatively, you may also leave the country for 24 hours and then reenter to be granted another 90-day stay. All extended stay students and visitors must obtain an appropriate Visas on their own when they arrive in Guatemala as CASAS does not offer this service.

Official Directory of Guatemalan Embassies

The Guatemalan Institute of Migration provides accurate visa requirements.

Arrival Instructions

SEMILLA provides transportation to and from Guatemala City airport.

After going through immigration, baggage claim, and customs, walk through the airport lobby to the passenger pick-up area outside the front door. Someone from SEMILLA will meet you there holding SEMILLA or CASAS signs.

Chicken Bus in Antigua, Guatemala

Travel In-Country

Either the staff at CASAS or your homestay family will provide step-by-step instructions to aid your travel. From the famous, “Chicken Busses” of Guatemala,  public busses, micro-buses, taxis, tuk-tuks, biking or walking, there are many options to help you get from place to place. To ensure you travel safely, we will provide guidance to you on the optimal routes to choose.