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Guatemala UAE relations, missions, visa and travel information
Guatemala Dubai UAE relations, new ambassador and embassy in Abu Dhabi opened 18 Nov 2019, no consulate in Dubai. UAE mission in Guatemala, information, visas, flights, and other travel information going from Guatemala to UAE or UAE to Guatemala.
Guatemala UAE relations
Relaciones diplomáticas Guatemala y los Emiratos Árabes Unidos
- Diplomatic relations started 15 Dec 1992. Reference www.minex.gob.gt/DirectorioPaisesRelacion.aspx (page 3).
UAE Guatemala visa requirements
Visas for Guatemalans travelling to the UAE
Guatemala citizens need to apply for a UAE entry permit before traveling to the UAE. Required for visit, tourism, employment. Guatemala is not in the list of free VOA countries for the UAE.
Visa requirements to enter the UAE for other nationalities who live in Guatemala depend on nationality or passport.
Visas for UAE expat residents traveling to Guatemala
- Visa requirements depend on nationality. UAE residence visa makes no difference.
- Most European and American (north and south), some Asian, Australia, and NZ nationalities can visit Guatemala for up to 90 days without a visa. UAE citizens can also visit for up to 90 days visa-free.
- Other nationalities must apply for a visa at a Guatemalan consulate or embassy. An embassy is opening in Abu Dhabi by end of 2019.
- Citizens of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador do not need a visa (or a passport) to visit Guatemala, there was a free movement agreement between the 4 countries signed in 2006 (Convenio de Creación de la Visa Única Centroamericana). This also means visitors to any of those countries do not go through passport control when crossing borders between those countries, but only by land.
Visas for Emiratis travelling to Guatemala
No visa required for visits of up to 90 days for Emirati citizens.
Guatemalan missions in UAE
No Guatemalan consulate in Dubai.
New Guatemala embassy in Abu Dhabi (Embajada de Guatemala en Abu Dhabi), opened 18 Nov 2019
¿Dónde está la embajada? Where is the embassy? We don't know, and location not given in announcement but our best guess is near the Senegal and Brazil embassies in the Al Safarat Embassy District (based on the green-yellow-red flag showing in one of the photos of the new Guatemalan embassy).
- 18 Nov 2019: The Guatemalan president visits the UAE 18-19 Nov 2019 to open the new embassy "Presidente de la República de Guatemala realiza visita a Emiratos Árabes Unidos para inaugurar Embajada residente en ese País.".
- twitter.com/GuatemalaGob/status/1196427464488243200, (video and photos of opening).
- 16 Nov 2019: The Guatemalan president, Jimmy Morales, will travel to the UAE to open the new Guatemalan embassy in Abu Dhabi. Ref: www.elcorreo.ae/emiratos/presidente-guatemala-llega-emiratos-arabes-para-inaugurar-embajada.
- 14 Nov 2019: New ambassador to the UAE is Lars Henrik Pira Perez. Ref WAM, MOFAIC. Previously ambassador to Turkey and/or Azerbaijan.
- Ref (about new ambassador and new embassy): www.minex.gob.gt/noticias/Noticia.aspx?ID=28472, "El Subsecretario expresó la congratulación de su Gobierno por la inauguración de la Embajada residente de Guatemala en Emiratos Árabes Unidos ..."
- Abu Dhabi embassy information not found on mofaic.gov.ae.
- Abu Dhabi embassy information not found on Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, www.minex.gob.gt.
- 13 Jun 2019 (date given on document): Guatemala plans to establish an embassy in Abu Dhabi, Emiratos Árabes Unidos. Guatemalan Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Fernando Carranza, will visit the UAE 18-20 June 2019?
- Ref: www.minex.gob.gt "Reporte Viaticos Agosto 2019 ... Realizar la Misión Exploratoria a la ciudad de Abu Dabi, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, con el propósito de expresar al gobierno de dicho país el interés de realizar la apertura de la Embajada de la República de Guatemala."
Before the Guatemala embassy opened in the UAE, the Guatemalan Ambassador to the UK was non-resident ambassador to the UAE.
UAE missions in Guatemala
- 2018: Non-Resident UAE Ambassador to Guatemala is Ahmed Hatem Al Menhali (Ambassador to Mexico).
Travel and flights to Guatemala from the UAE
Guatemala has travel warnings, travel advisories, security alerts from UK and USA regarding health and violent crime risks. Although the UK Foreign Office does say with reference to British citizens who visited in 2018: "Most visits are trouble free."
No direct flights to Guatemala from Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
[Check] One-stop flights via USA, Central America, or South America. Also via Madrid, Spain.
Guatemalan and Central American airlines with direct flights to Guatemala:
- Avianca Guatemala (Aviateca) (GU) - flights to Central American destinations.
- Copa Airlines (CM) (Panama airline) - Panama City (PTY) to Guatemala City.
- InterJet Airlines - MEX to GUA.
- TAG (5U) - Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras.
- Volaris Costa Rica - Mexico City (MEX) to GUA).
- Emirates Airline: Madrid (MAD), Mexico City (09 Dec 2019). Argentina, Chile, Brazil direct flights with EK but no direct flights then to Guatemala. EK flights to USA cities with then a direct flight to GUA (different airline): Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX).
- Panama City: planned start date 01 Feb 2016, delayed to 31 Mar 2016, postponed indefinitely on 02 Mar 2016. Intention was to connect with Copa Airlines to Central American cities.
- Iberia: MAD to GUA.
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Emiratis in Guatemala
UAE Guatemala news and updates
- 14 Nov 2019: MoFAIC receives copy of credentials of new Ambassador of Guatemala to UAE, Lars Henrik Pira Perez, www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302802986
- 10 Feb 2017: Ahmed Hatem Al Menhali, UAE Ambassador to Mexico, presented his credentials as Non-Resident Ambassador to Guatemala to the Guatemalan President in Guatemala City, www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302597016
- 25 Feb 2015: Non Resident Guatemalan Ambassador to the UAE presented his credentials, www.wam.ae/en/details/1395277124386
- 11 Oct 2010: The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) initialled an Air Services Agreements (ASA) with Guatemala, www.wam.ae/en/details/1395228768493
- Flag of Guatemala : 3 vertical bands, two blue with white in the middle. Guatemalan coat of arms in the middle.
- Guatemala National Day, Independence Day: 15 September. Is a public holiday. Celebrates independence from Spain in 1821.
Trade between UAE and Guatemala
- 18 Nov 2019: US$84 million value of imports to the UAE from Guatemala. US$12 million worth of exports from UAE to Guatemala (2018 figures). Reference AGN (Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias), News Agency of Guatemala.
- Parent category: UAE foreign relations.
- Child pages: none
- Related pages: Consulates in Dubai, Embassies in Abu Dhabi, UAE embassies abroad.
- www.sica.int/busqueda/busqueda_archivo.aspx?Archivo=conv_1610_2_08072005.htm, 4 country free movement agreement (in Spanish), SICA website (Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana, Central American Integration System).
- www.mofaic.gov.ae/en/Missions/UAE-Missions-Abroad - UAE MOFAIC page, no listing for Guatemala.
- www.minex.gob.gt/DirectorioPaisesRelacion.aspx - list of foreign diplomatic relations with Guatemala.
- www.minex.gob.gt/Visor_Pagina.aspx?PaginaID=1199 - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores list of Embajadas de Guatemala en el Mundo, Abu Dhabi embassy information should appear there eventually.
Last update Monday 18-Nov-2019.
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- www.elcorreo.ae - website for El Correo del Golfo (The Mail of the Gulf), news for Spanish speaking residents in the UAE and Middle East.
- www.minex.gob.gt - Guatemala Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores) website, in Spanish only.
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