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Guatemala country brief

Guatemala country brief

Australia and Guatemala enjoy a warm and expanding relationship, underscored by multilateral cooperation and tourism growth.

Key engagement

Environment, agricultural development, climate change, transnational crime and disarmament.


Modest trade potential in professional services and agribusiness.

Bilateral relations

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1977. Guatemala opened an Embassy in Australia in 2014.

Foreign relations

Guatemala is a member of the Organisation of American States, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and SICA. It is an observer of the Pacific Alliance.

Guatemala, collectively with Central America and the Dominican Republic, has FTAs with the United States (since 2009) and the European Union (since 2012).

Australia and Guatemala participate in the Cairns Group of agricultural exporting countries and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). Australia is an observer of Central American Integration System (SICA).

Australia's foreign policy is guided by the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Fast Facts

  • Guatemalan visitors to Australia (2017) – 400
  • Australian visitors to Guatemala (2017)* – 1,200
  • Resident Australian population born in Guatemala (2016) – 450
  • Australian residents of Guatemalan descent (2016) – 400
  • Guatemalan students in Australia (2017) – 37

High level engagement

  • 2017 February – Australia's Special Envoy for Human Rights, the Hon Phillip Ruddock MP, visited Guatemala

Australian Embassy in Mexico

Ruben Dario 55
Col. Polanco
Mexico City 11580
Tel: 52-55-11012200
Facebook: Australia en México, Centroamérica, Cuba y República Dominicana
Twitter: @AusEmbMex

Public diplomacy

Guatemala is eligible for the Endeavour Leadership Program. Under the previous Endeavour Mobility Grants and Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programs, one Guatemalan was offered the opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

In 2018, the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provided a grant to Somos21 Limited to connect and collaborate with people and institutions in Guatemala.

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Guatemala. In 2017-18, the Direct Aid Program supported projects that responded to the 2018 volcanic eruption and supported people with disabilities to manufacture wheelchairs.

Economic diplomacy

Economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Guatemala.


* Guatemala reports the number of Australia visitors as 10,400 year ended Sept 2018 (Migración Guatemala).

Last Updated: 6 February 2019
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