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Border Crossing Over Land in Central America: Information

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IMPORTANT:

In Mexico you’re allowed to stay for 180 days.

In Belize you’re allowed to stay for 30 days.

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua are a different case. You get 90 days for the 4 countries. Not 90 days per country but 90 days for the 4 of them. Want to stay longer? Do a visarun to Mexico (MX$500 exit fee), Belize (BZD$40 exit fee), Costa Rica or some other country which is not one of those 4.

 

Mexico – Guatemala

You get a touristvisa for 180 days by arrival in Mexico. When you leave Mexico, you have to pay an exit fee of $500 (€25). However if you arrived in Mexico by plane, you’ve already payed this fee (included in your flight), make sure to keep the receipt of your planeticket and show it to them.

Make sure to keep the visa, if you lose it, you have to pay a fine.

You don’t have to pay anything by arrival in Guatemala. They might ask for $20 (€1) though… If they do so, ask for an official receipt, most likely they’ll drop it and just stamp your passport.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

 

Guatemala – Mexico

You don’t have to pay anything by leaving Guate. When you arrive at the Mexican border control, you’ll get a tourist visa, you don’t have to pay for this at the moment itself, only when you leave the country (it costs $500).

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

 

Guatemala – Honduras

We had to pay 30Q each entrance fee. We thought it was a scam but the guy gave us an official looking receipt. You don’t have to pay an exit fee.

The guy asked us a couple of questions. Just make sure you can come up with a job when he asks you what job you do, or tell him you’re a student. Telling him that you’re just traveling might not be the “correct” answer.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

 

Honduras – Guatemala

No entrance or exit fees.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

 

Guatemala – Belize

No entrance or exit fees.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

No fruits, vegetables, meat and cigarettes allowed when crossing the border into Belize.

When entering Belize, you’ll get a visa. Don’t lose it, you need to give it back when you leave the country and probably have to pay a fine if you lose it.

 

Belize – Mexico

No entrance fee by entering Mexico BUT you have to pay a BZD$40 (US$20) exit fee when leaving Belize (you can pay in Belizean Dollars or US Dollars).

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.

Proof of onward travel is not required. However, it’s always handy to have a plan for IF they would ask the question.

No fruits, vegetables and meat allowed when crossing the border into Mexico.

When entering Mexico, you’ll get a visa. Don’t lose it or you’ll have to pay a fine. You have to give the visa back when leaving the country.

 

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