Requirements for Guatemalans
Currently, Guatemalans traveling to France for tourism or business do not need a visa if they wish to stay in the country for less than 3 months. Visitors who intend to live, study, or work in France must obtain a visa from the French Embassy in Guatemala City or the consulate in Quetzaltenango prior to their travel.
In 2016, France has announced the introduction of the ETIAS visa waiver. This is a travel authorization that nationals from 60 countries including Guatemala will need to obtain in order to visit France. Only citizens who do not need a visa will be eligible for obtaining an ETIAS France.
ETIAS France for Guatemalans will be valid for 3 years and each stay in the country must be less than 90 days within a period of 6 months.
ETIAS France Personal Information
Guatemalan nationals who wish to apply for an ETIAS to visit France are required to provide a range of personal information, including their name, place and date of birth, nationality, and contact information.
It may also be necessary to provide additional information that can be considered highly sensitive, such as gender, ethnicity, health, family background, and criminal record. This information is shared with the relevant authorities in order for them to grant the authorization to enter the country. It is checked against several international security databases with the purpose to pre-screen for any security threats.
It is necessary that all the data that the candidate enters in the application form is correct and corresponds exactly to the details in the passport. Otherwise, ETIAS approval may be delayed.
Documents That I Need for France ETIAS
ETIAS France requirements for Guatemalans are simple. To apply for an ETIAS, Guatemalan nationals need to have a passport, valid for 3 months after the application date. Note that dual citizens in possession of an EU passport must travel to France using that passport and therefore do not need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.
In addition to the passport, it is mandatory to have a valid debit or credit card in order to pay for a small processing fee through a secure online payment system.
Medical Information for Guatemalans
Even though there are no particular medical requirements for visiting France, it is advisable to be up to date with MMR and hepatitis vaccinations.
ETIAS Application for France for Guatemalans
ETIAS application will be a simple online process that can be done at the applicant’s convenience from anywhere in the world. The application form will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Every applicant, including minors, will need to submit an individual form.
When the candidate has filled in the form and answered the security questions, he/she will be asked to confirm the information and pay for the processing fee. The form can then be submitted. ETIAS processing time will be very short. In most cases applicants will receive approval within 72 hours. Guatemalan nationals whose application is refused will be contacted by email explaining the reason for the refusal and giving further information on how to proceed.
For the latest information regarding the France ETIAS, please consult the news page of the ETIAS France website.