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Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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Border problem Belize-Guatemala

A friend of mine left Guatemala 2 weeks ago on his bike with Canadian license plates, he went to Mexico, then on to Belize and then he wanted to reenter Guatemala .
At the border in Melchor de Mencos he was denied to enter the bike to Guatemala, because apparently there is a new law , forbidding reentry to Guatemala in a period shorter then 90 days .
Has anybody out there had the same problem before ?
Any advice is highly appreciated !!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #2
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I think that 90 day re entry has always been there. Its a case of him cancelling his TVIP when he left Guatemala. He should have keep the permit open when he exited and said he would be back in a few weeks, they ask at the border if you will be returning at least they did for me. He can get a "in transit permit" to cross the country if he is heading south to other countrys.
Or......ride in discreetly and ride out discreetly.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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Yeah, that 90 day rule has been there as long as I can remember as well. El Salvador is 60 days IIRC, and Costa Rica is 90 days as well. Not sure about Nicaragua and Panama.

When I was headed north Mario and I crossed into Guatemala and when I was at aduana, the guy told me I could not enter Guatemala with the bike since I had been there in the previous 90 days and cancelled the import permit. However, it had been over a year and half in reality. The SAT stamp in my passport showing that the bike had left Guatemala, did not have a date on it, and there was no record in the guy's computer. Fortunately, I still had the SAT receipt with the date when I left Guatemala a year and a half earlier. After producing that paper, I was permitted to bring the bike in.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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In my limited experience, the Guatemala aduana people can make records appear, disappear, and change at will on their computers. If some guy said he had no record of your departure, I'd assume he was looking for a bribe. They did the same to me (after 10 months or so), but then punched a couple of keys and made the record appear.

But yes: the rule has long been in place, and their aduana seems to take great delight in paging through passports looking for something to argue about--missing stamps, missing dates, whatever. Actual enforcement of the rules is always variable, but saving receipts and other documentation is a good idea, just in case--same as a lot of places.

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Old 04-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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Sounds like some bureaucratic crap.
That crossing is an outlier - done it a few times.
Never ran into that problem before.
They love the pest spraying (and fee), or maybe that's just on the BZ side.
Maybe talk, cajole, play stupid, just be friendly.
There are also places you can cross with no officials.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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There are also places you can cross with no officials.

this is excellent advice. NOT!
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