Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. and Canadian Residents

When will missionaries get their visa?

Missionaries will obtain their visa after arrival in Guatemala.

What criminal background check do missionaries need?

Missionaries need a criminal background check from their local or state law enforcement agency from the state in which they live. Missionaries must make sure that their name appears on the document exactly as it is in their passport.

When can missionaries get their criminal background check?

The police record must be dated no earlier than 8 weeks before missionaries enter the missionary training center or it will expire before the visa can be obtained in Guatemala.

Why do missionaries have a ticket from Guatemala back to the United States?

This is called an open return. It is there for visa and immigration purposes only. It is there to show immigration that you have a way to return to the United States if needed.

When will I receive my travel instructions and itinerary?

An itinerary with travel instructions will be e-mailed to the missionary’s account approximately 2 weeks prior to the missionary’s MTC date, provided the travel office has received all of the required documents.