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Risk Ratings  

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

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundAir, land, and sea borders have reopened. All arriving travellers must complete a Health Pass in 24 hours prior to arrival and present a negative COVID-19 test result. The Health Pass is available here: https://servicios.igm.gob.gt/pasedesalud/es/
(Until further notice)
La Aurora International Airport has reopened with screening procedures in place for passengers. Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms might be denied entry or be required to quarantine for 14 days.
(Until further notice)
Travellers aged ten and over entering Guatemala must present one of the following:
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours or an antigen test result issued within 72 hours prior to arrival
- A medical certificate confirming the date of diagnosis and recovery from COVID-19
- Proof of having received a full vaccination course with the second dose being administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Guatemala.

Passengers who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test result can get tested at the airport at their own expense and must then quarantine.
(Until further notice)
All travellers that have visited the Brazil, South Africa or the UK in the 14 days prior to arrival are prohibited entry until 30 April. Guatemalan nationals and permanent residents are exempt, but must self-isolate for at least ten days. This restriction was set to end on 30 April, no further announcements have been made.
(Until further notice)
OutboundNo known restrictions on leaving the country, however, flight availability remains limited.
(Until further notice)
Mexico had closed its border with Guatemala to non-essential travel until 21 June. No official announcement has been made regarding this restriction.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticAll individuals are required to wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in fines of up to 150,000 Quetzales.
(Until further notice)
The Guatemalan government maintains a tiered “semáforo” system of health alerts, with COVID 19-related restrictions on movement and activities for a given area based on the health alert level in each location.
The list of threat rankings for each department and municipality is available on the Guatemalan government’s website at: https://covid19.gob.gt/semaforo.html
(Until further notice)
Curfews and movement restrictions have been lifted.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Guatemala

COVID-19 information for Guatemala

Dedicated COVID-19 website


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.


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 all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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