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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Guatemala
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Guatemala
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Guatemala City; Chiquimula, Petén, Zacapa and Izabal departments

Risk Summary

Violent and petty crime represent the primary security risks for business travellers. Common criminals are often armed and will not hesitate to use violence if provoked or resisted. Kidnapping is also a threat; kidnap gangs generally target wealthy local businessmen, ranchers and their dependants; foreigners face a greater risk from express kidnap than longer-term kidnap-for-ransom.

Travel throughout the interior of the country is generally precarious given the poor quality of roads, the lack of road warning signs, and the prevalence of highway robberies. Protests are common in Guatemala and most occur with little warning. Serious traffic disruption may result from such activities. Most demonstrations are peaceful, but some in Guatemala City and at important points on Guatemala's highways have been violent.

Guatemala experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and the Caribbean coast is vulnerable to hurricanes from June to November. It is unlikely that volcanic activity will directly affect visitors, but it may make areas of the country inaccessible. Landslides associated with heavy rains are common during hurricane season.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE


Vaccinations For Guatemala
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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