Central American VISA Requirements for Australians

This post covers the VISA and Entry Fee requirements for Australians visiting Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama).

Central America is a pretty easy place for Australians to visit in terms of VISA requirements. It should be as simple as turning up getting your  passport stamped (occasionally with small Entry or Exit Fees). Just make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity when you turn up.

Country FlagCountry NameVISA RequirementValid Length Of Stay
BelizeTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)
For up to 30 days
Costa RicaTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

*Must have proof of onward ticket (they check regularly)
For up to 3 months
El SalvadorTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)
For up to 3 months*
GuatemalaTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

 
For up to 3 months*
HondurasTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

 
For up to 3 months*
MexicoTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

 
For up to 180 days

-Mexico charges an entry fee of US$22 (normally included in the cost of your plane ticket)

-Some land borders in Mexico run a scam in which they attempt to make you pay this US$22 fee when exiting the country (it is an entry fee)
NicaraguaTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

 
For up to 3 months*
PanamaTurn up and enter
(No VISA required)

 
For up to 180 days

*Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador have each the signed the Central American Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under this agreement travellers may travel between signature countries without completing exit and entry formalities for periods up to 90 days. Visitors who wish to extend their visa may apply for an extension, however, visitors who stay more than 90 days without permission may be fined and expelled from any of the four countries. Visitors expelled from one country may be refused entry to others.

The important thing to keep track of here is that you have 90 days to travel through all four countries (if you spend 60 days in Guatemala then you will only have 30 days left to visit the other three countries).

Or to keep it simple (click here to enlarge image):

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Map Source: Otkdna via Wikipedia

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