As upholding citizens of the world, we decided not to try our luck with our USA ESTA agreement* and booked a flight from Los Angeles, California to Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Getting there was fairly inexpensive at AUD $234.49 each and the border crossing was even simpler.
Exiting the USA, there are no fees payable. It is advisable however to throw away any fruit or vegetables you may be carrying and to abide by your airlines carry on restrictions. On arrival into Guatemala City, we passed through immigration with no dramas. You can expect t be asked the standard questions such as, business or leisure? How long do you intend to stay for? etc.
Once through the formalities, your bag will be screened and then it's time to find your transport to your accommodation, or a shuttle directly to Antigua (these run frequently throughout the day).
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras & Nicaragua are all part of the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA4). Tourists can travel within any of these countries for up to 90 days from the first point of entry without completing entry & exit formalities. 30 day extension requests can be made before the expiry of the original visa.
If arriving by plane, visa requirements may differ slightly.
*Under the requirements to enter the United States of America as a tourist, we qualified for the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). To see if you are eligible or to complete an application for entry into the USA visit; https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. Applications cost USD $14.00 per person and are valid for 90 days from when you enter the country.
Under the terms and conditions of ESTA you must leave the USA, Canada, Mexico & the Caribbean within those 90 days. For this reason, we decided against overlanding through Mexico as the border crossing in Tijuana did not acknowledge our exit of the States, meaning we could be denied entry later for overstaying our visa - even though we weren't physically in the country.
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.