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Guatamala Passport Requirement

I'm going to Guatamala for a week to learn some Spanish before making the big bike trip. Problem is my passport will only have 4 months left on it by the time I enter for a weeks stay. Does anyone know if Guatamala requires a passport with at least 6 months remaining, like a lot of other countries?

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From the US Dept. of State web page:
ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid U.S. passport is required for all U.S. citizens, regardless of age, to enter Guatemala and to depart Guatemala for return to the U.S. Even if dual nationals are permitted to enter Guatemala on a second nationality passport, U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Guatemala are not allowed to board their flights without a valid U.S. passport. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, driver's licenses, and photocopies are not accepted by Guatemalan authorities as alternative travel documents. While in Guatemala, U.S. citizens should carry their passports, or a photocopy of their passports, with them at all times.
Say's nothing about how much time is left, but i'd be getting another passport soon!
If i recall, Guatemala only gives you a max. of 90 days, so i think you might be alright. One way to find out
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Thanks Ron. Yeah my poking around the internet didn't get me a clear yes or no. So I'll play it safe and renew. Hate to get to the airport with non refundable tickets and get denied entrance.
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Get the new passport NOW , as soon as you can before leaving home even if possible. Many countries require that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry. If not able to get a full term replacement at least see about getting a panic extension.
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