Agreement 1543 Allows the Inclusion of Migrants in IGSS Coverage

The Guatemalan Social Security Institute's Board of Directors published Agreement 1543 on October 3, which guarantees benefits to migrants.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Jenny Herrera -AGN-. On October 3, the Board of Directors of the Guatemalan Social Security Institute -IGSS- published Agreement 1543, which guarantees benefits to Guatemalan citizens through registering in the Social Security System and Risk Coverage.

The benefit is also provided to migrants living outside the Guatemalan border and their families living in the national territory.

All interested persons can register through the IGSS web page and enter the data requested in the regulations.


The requirements for the registration of Guatemalan migrants voluntarily include the following:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Living abroad
  • Have one of the following identification documents: personal identification document (DPI), passport or membership card.
  • Applicant’s information.


The following information must be provided to register the migrant:

  • Name and last name
  • Identification document -DPI-, passport or IGSS registration card
  • Date of birth
  • E-mail contact information
  • Recent digital photo, among others.

Family Registration

The family unit includes the spouse or partner and children under seven years of age living in the national territory, who must be registered following the provisions of the IGSS.

Regarding health benefits, there is protection related to illness, maternity, and accidents, which the institute will provide to the migrant’s family core; this service is exclusively in the IGSS Units.


Social security coverage for migrants and their families living within the territory will be provided after a monthly payment of 1000 Quetzals, which must be updated annually.

Payment can be made from abroad or through a person residing in Guatemala, either monthly or quarterly, in advance, depending on the migrant’s convenience. The migrant must prove health rights by aArticle 7 of the regulation to avoid suspending coverage.

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