Guatemala Import Restrictions

In order to enter Guatemala, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Guatemala government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Guatemala, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Guatemala.

Guatemala Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Guatemala authorities before posting:

  • Alcohols
  • Animal products and skins
  • Bees
  • Chain letters
  • Cinefilms
  • Chemicals non-hazardous
  • Coffee and coffee samples
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Communications equipment
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton seeds
  • Drugs prescription
  • Films:8mm, 16mm and 35mm
  • Fabrics and fabric samples
  • Foodstuffs
  • Honeycombs
  • Medicines
  • Perishables
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Radio equipment
  • Samples, textile
  • Stone, mineral samples for analysis
  • Subs. Cont’g sodium/calc. cyclamate
  • Seeds
  • Silkworms
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Weapons and parts of weapons.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.

Customs documentation

Article Use customs form
Letters without Extra Cover up to 500 g weight and up to $500 value CN22
Letters without Extra Cover or Parcels more than 500 g weight or $500 value CP72


Commercial goods require duplicate invoices endorsed by a Guatemalan consul. Attach the invoices to the customs declaration.

Sealing tape

Adhesive tape of any kind used for sealing postal items must bear the name, mark or signature of the sender upon the tape surface.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Guatemala prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Baby feeders or accessories with glass tubes
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Gardenia seeds or seedlings
  • Hessian bags, used
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, precious stones and metals
  • Lottery tickets
  • Military equipment
  • Powder of any kind
  • Seditious articles
  • Telegraphic apparatus
  • Weapons
  • Whistles, as used by police.