Work Permits for Guatemalans in Mexico

The agreement between the governments of Guatemala and Mexico establishes the granting of temporary work permits for Guatemalans in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

The Governments of Guatemala and Mexico have launched the Safe Passage program, which will provide Guatemalans and Belizeans with regional visitor cards and frontier worker cards at no cost, among other measures, in order to create a safe and orderly control of people crossing the Mexican border.

The program seeks to strengthen the system of recording and exchange of database information, which will allow regional visitor card holders to move freely and with the backing of the law in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo without needing to have Mexican visas.

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Central American Business Chambers call for stopping unfair trade in both directions between the two countries.  

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