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Currency exchange services in Guatemala

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1-801-000-2222

* You are enjoying a 15% off compared to standard prices at our branches (discount applicable on exchange margin).

Branches in Guatemala

La Aurora International Airport 9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala) +502 2322 5054

3rd floor - International departures

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 03:00h to 19:30h

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In the third floor, departures area.

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3rd Floor - International Arrivals

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 06:00h to 01:00h

Comment:

In the third floor, airside. Arrivals hall, at the end of the corridor.

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3rd Floor - International Arrivals

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 06:00h to 23:00h

Comment:

In the third floor of the airport, airside. In the arrivals area, at the end of the corridor, on the left.

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1st Floor - International Arrivals

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 06:00h to 00:00h

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First floor, airside, in front of immigration counters.

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1st Floor - International Arrivals

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 06:00h to 01:00h

Comment:

First floor, airside, baggage claim area, in front of the Tax Administration Superintendent.

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1st Floor - International Arrivals - South Finger

La Aurora International Airport

9 Av 14-75, Zona 13 - 01013 Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)

+502 2322 5054

From 06:00h to 00:00h

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South finger of the airport, first floor. International arrivals, airside, before immigration area.

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La Antigua Guatemala - Calle del arco 5ª Avenida Norte n° 7 - 03001 La Antigua Guatemala (Sacatepéquez) +502 2322 5054

Calle del arco Branch

La Antigua Guatemala

5ª Avenida Norte n° 7 - 03001 La Antigua Guatemala (Sacatepéquez)

+502 2322 5054

From 09:00h to 18:00h

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Find it at calle del Arco, 5a Avenida Norte n° 7, La Antigua Guatemala.

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Available currencies

We have the following currencies available for purchase/sale at our branches in Guatemala:

Argentine Peso*
ARS
Aruban Florin
AWG
Australian Dollar
AUD
Barbadian Dollar
BBD
Belize Dollar
BZD
Bermudian Dollar
BMD
Brazilian Real
BRL
British Pound
GBP
Canadian Dollar
CAD
Cayman Islands Dollar
KYD
Chilean Peso
CLP
Chinese Yuan
CNY
Colombian Peso
COP
Costa Rican Colon
CRC
Czech Koruna
CZK
Danish Krone
DKK
Dominican Peso
DOP
East Caribbean Dollar
XCD
Egyptian Pound
EGP
Euro
EUR
Guatemalan Quetzal
GTQ
Honduran Lempira
HNL
Hong Kong Dollar
HKD
Hungarian Forint
HUF
Indian Rupee
INR
Indonesian Rupiah
IDR
Israeli New Shekel
ILS
Jamaican Dollar
JMD
Japanese Yen
JPY
Malaysian Ringgit
MYR
Mexican Peso
MXN
Moroccan Dirham
MAD
New Zealand Dollar
NZD
Nicaraguan Cordoba
NIO
Norwegian Krone
NOK
Paraguayan Guarani*
PYG
Peruvian Nuevo Sol
PEN
Singapore Dollar
SGD
South Korean Won
KRW
Swedish Krona
SEK
Swiss Franc
CHF
Taiwan Dollar
TWD
Thai Baht
THB
Trinidadian Dollar
TTD
Turkish Lira
TRY
Uruguayan Peso
UYU
US Dollar
USD

Payments in cash, traveller’s cheques or by Visa cards are accepted.

* Restrictions apply on this currency. More information at 1-801-000-2222.

The Guatemalan quetzal

The quetzal is the legal tender in Guatemala, its name deriving from the feathers of the bird “quetzal”, which were used as currency in times of the Mayas.

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The Guatemalan quetzal

The quetzal is the legal tender in Guatemala, its name deriving from the feathers of the bird “quetzal”, which were used as currency in times of the Mayas.

Origins and history

The origins of the quetzal date back to the age of the Mayas, who used the feathers of the quetzal (a species of bird), salt, obsidian, precious stones, jade and specially cocoa as a currency. The Spanish colonisation established a monetary system in order to discard the practice of barter, and a new structure was established based on the Spanish currency.

Later on, coins of the Greater Republic of Central America or Federal Republic of Central America were minted. With the rise of the Nation State and the foundation of the Republic of Guatemala, the government of Rafael Carrera adopted the “peso” as currency, with a system that included golden and silver pieces.

In November 1924 and February 1925 the “Monetary and Exchange Act” and the “Credit Institutions Act” were adopted, and two alternatives were considered to issue golden coin or currency convertible to gold: one was asking for an external loan and the other was to gathering national resources. The latter option was chosen. The Monetary Act adopted the golden standard and created a new monetary unit, the Quetzal, pegged to the US dollar. The creation of the new national monetary sign gave way to the foundation of the Central Bank of Guatemala, the only institution authorised to issue currency.

On 15th September 1948 the Bank of Guatemala issued its first banknotes with new features and designs, in denominations of 50 centavos of a quetzal, 1, 5, 10, 20 and, for the first time, 100 quetzales. The Bank also mints coins of 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos of a quetzal.

The last modification of the features in the banknotes was established by the Decree n. 92-98 of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, on 26th November 1998, which reformed the design on the back of the coin of one quetzal. The Agreement on a Firm and Lasting Peace, signed on 29th December 1996 by the Government of the Republic and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit, was the historic event portrayed as the main motif of a legal tender coin.

Current quetzal coins and banknotes

Nowadays there are coins of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and 1 quetzal. Regarding banknotes, there are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 quetzal notes in circulation.

For more information on the characteristics of coins and banknotes check web page of the Bank of Guatemala.

Daily exchange rates

Date of this rate: See more

Daily exchange rates

Coins and notes

Notes

Coins

About us

Global Exchange started operations in Guatemala on the 16th October 2009, through 4 foreign exchange branches at La Aurora International Airport. Later on, in 2012, a fifth branch was added, and since that moment, all passengers travelling through the airport can find a Global Exchange for their travel money needs.

After that, in 2015, our branch network expanded, opening a new office in the city centre of La Antigua Guatemala, an important tourist hotspot in the country.

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About us

Global Exchange started operations in Guatemala on the 16th October 2009, through 4 foreign exchange branches at La Aurora International Airport. Later on, in 2012, a fifth branch was added, and since that moment, all passengers travelling through the airport can find a Global Exchange for their travel money needs.

After that, in 2015, our branch network expanded, opening a new office in the city centre of La Antigua Guatemala, an important tourist hotspot in the country.

Our branches at the airport open 24 hours every day of the year. You can be served in Spanish or English by the well-trained members of our staff and you will enjoy the best foreign exchange services at Guatemala International Airport. Also, we buy 47 foreign currencies, the company with the widest variety of currencies in the country.

Global Exchange is one of the three leading companies in offering currency exchange services. Currently, we have a 180-branch network located at 48 international airports and hotels of 17 countries in 4 continents, Brazil being one of the countries where we are present. Around 1,600 employees strive every day to serve more than 4 million Customers per year.

Our company is following an ambitious strategic plan which aims to triple the size of the company during the next five years. Our aim is to be present in 23 countries by 2016, through 230 branches to serve around 5.5 million Customers per year. This is a solid, sustained growth to keep reinforcing our leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean and to keep on growing in other continents such as Europe, North Africa, Asia or Middle East, aiming to arrive to every corner of the globe where a customer may need to exchange their currency.

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FAQs

How much money can I exchange in your branches?
There is no minimum amount to perform a foreign exchange transaction. The top limits, according to corporate internal policies based on Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, are as follows:
  • Daily limit: 2,900 dollars in purchase transactions (purchase of foreign currency) and 9,000 dollars in sale transactions (delivery of foreign currency).
  • Monthly limit: 2,900 dollars for purchase transactions and no limit for sales.
  • Natural quarterly limit: 15,000 dollars per natural quarter (from 1st January to 31st March, for instance). This is a limit set out by internal corporate policies, based on Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.
Which currencies do you accept at your branches in Guatemala?
We want to provide with an integral service to our Customers, so we offer foreign exchange services in a wide range of currencies: Guatemalan quetzal, US dollar, euro, Mexican peso, Costa Rican colon, Canadian dollar, Honduran lempira, Australian dollar, Swiss franc, Danish krone, Peruvian nuevo sol, Swedish krona, Argentine peso*, Brazilian real, British pound, Japanese yen, Colombian peso, Belize dollar, Nicaraguan cordoba, Chilean peso, Dominican peso, Uruguayan peso, Israeli new shekel, Chinese yuan, South Korean won, Czech koruna, Hong Kong dollar, Jamaican dollar, New Zealand dollar, Paraguayan guarani*, Taiwan dollar, Indian rupee, Moroccan dirham, Norwegian krone, Thai baht, Trinidadian dollar, East Caribbean dollar, Bermudian dollar, Egyptian pound, Indonesian rupiah, Cayman Islands dollar, Hungarian forint, Aruban florin, Barbadian dollar, Malaysian ringgit, Singapore dollar y Turkish lira.

*Restrictions apply on this currency. More information at 1-801-000-2222.

In order to ensure availability of the currencies in the amount you need, we recommend using our phone order service.
Which is the exchange rate of the Guatemalan quetzal to the US dollar?
Currency rates are updated daily. Therefore, we suggest you call our Customer Service Department to receive this information or check at any of our branches, where real time information is displayed.
Is it advisable to travel to Europe with Guatemalan quetzales?
It is highly advisable to exchange quetzales to euros before departing from Guatemala, as they can be hard to exchange in Europe.
Is it necessary to submit any document to perform a foreign exchange transaction in Guatemala?
Yes. The Superintendence of Banks in Guatemala and our internal policies of anti-money laundering require us to ask for a valid document and to register all the details of each customer, regardless the amount of the transaction.
Do you accept traveller cheques at your branches?
Yes. We accept American Express traveller cheques in different amounts, as long as they are provided with a valid ID and the requirements are met.
Which are the opening hours of your branches at La Aurora Airport (Guatemala city)?
Our branches are open while flights are operating in the airport, so that no passenger is left unattended in their foreign exchange needs. If you wish to know the opening hours of a specific branch, check our Branches on this website or give us a call at 1-801-000-2222.
I've been given a 15% off voucher in my transaction, how does it work?
You can use this voucher in your next currency exchange transaction, at any of our branches within the same country. This discount is applicable on the exchange margin and it does not expiry.

If you still have doubts, you can ask any of our agents at the Customer Service Department.