Latest news: Guatemalan government restricts entry to visitors who have recently been to Brazil, U.K., South Africa through 30 April (Reuters, 17.04.2021).
*Entry rules in response to coronavirus: Guatemala International Airport re-opened on 18 September 2020. You must keep to the social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times, in all public spaces, including the airport. Since 23 December 2020, Guatemala does not permit the entry of travellers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival. On 16 April, Guatemala included Brazil in this provision. These measures are not applicable to Guatemalan nationals, diplomats or foreign nationals who are legal residents in the country who must instead self-isolate upon arrival for 10 days at their place of residence.
To be eligible for entry, you must comply with on of the following options:
a. You must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, dated no more than 3 days before the date of your arrival in Guatemala. The 3 days commence from the date and time the test is conducted the moment you check-in with the airline.
b. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 3 months, you must present a medical certificate from the health clinic where you were treated, that states the date you were diagnosed with COVID-19 (including the copy of the test) and confirmation of your recovery.
c. If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, you must present evidence that you have received two doses. The last dose must have been administered no less than 2 weeks prior to the date of travel.
d. If for exceptional circumstances you fail to provide the required negative COVID-19 test, you may be allowed to board the flight, and will be required to take the test upon arrival at the airport at a cost of US $25 or Q200 (Quetzales, local currency). This option may change depending on the airline you are travelling with.
e. 24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register via the Guatemalan Health Pass website. Once you have submitted your details, you must print the form and bring it with you.
Passengers with journeys originating in, or transiting through Brazil, the UK or South Africa will not be permitted to board flights to Guatemala.
*Testing/screening on arrival: You should comply with any additional screening or testing measures put in place by the authorities.
*Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements. Upon arrival, you are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, dated no more than 96 hours before the date of your arrival in Guatemala.
*Data collection: 24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register your details via the Guatemalan Health Pass website on this link.
*Testing on departure: There is currently no testing upon departure in Guatemala. They will take your temperature upon arrival at the airport.
*Mexico-Guatemala border: There have been reports of disruptions and tensions at the Mexico-Guatemala border. Periodic closures are possible and you are advised to check with local authorities before attempting to cross the land border. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Guatemala: The Guatemalan President declared a State of Prevention in the whole country from 16 to 30 April 2021. The declaration seeks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It prohibits public gatherings, the carrying of weapons and may restrict travel. The restrictions during the state of prevention are:
• A ban on open-air meetings, public demonstrations and any type of entertainment, unless authorised by local authorities;
• Local authorities have orders to disband by force and without warning any meeting, group or public demonstration carried out without authorisation. This will also apply to authorised meetings, groups or public demonstrations that turn violent or where weapons are involved.
• Only the Security Forces will have the right to carry weapons.
• You may be subject to stop and search by Security Forces if travelling by car in any of these areas, or they may ask you to move your car if it is parked. Be prepared to answer questions and cooperate with the local authorities.
Restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are in place. If you are in Guatemala you should:
• comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 metres;
• the proper use of a mask is mandatory for the entire population at all times and in any place, including on the street, and whilst travelling;
• people that have recuperated from COVID-19 and those under quarantine must use masks inside their homes;
• wash your hands frequently;
• consuming alcohol is prohibited between 6pm and 6am, from Monday to Sunday.
If you do not comply with these measures you could be fined or face criminal charges.
The sale of alcohol is prohibited between 8pm to 6am, from Monday to Sunday. All businesses, entertainment facilities, and public spaces will be permitted to open, with appropriate measures for social distancing.
Attendance at funerals and burials is limited to a maximum of 10 attendees. Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Guatemala to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the curfew has ended, health measures remain in effect, including maintaining social distancing within businesses and other public facilities based on the health alert level in each location. Every town has been assigned a colour, which corresponds to the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported. Red signifies the highest number of cases, amber signifies a high number of cases, yellow signifies a moderate number of cases and green signifies a lower number of cases. For information about the specific restrictions in your location, refer to theGuatemalan government’s website .
Local authorities announced measures against COVID-19 that took effect from Friday 26 March: • visits to beaches, lakes, rivers, resorts and water parks throughout the country will be permitted. There are restrictions on the maximum capacity.
• refer to theGuatemalan government’s website.
the list of threat ratings for each department and municipality and the activities which are permitted at each threat level can be found on the Guatemalan government’s website. You should familiarise yourself with the threat level in the area you live in and keep up to date with any changes. Public transport has reopened in Guatemala, however, there are a number of restrictions on capacity and access can still be very limited. If you wish to move to or from the airport you should hire a private taxi or driver. When travelling in the country, follow the advice of the local authorities (PROATUR) and monitor local media.
*Accommodation: If you are trying to find a hotel in Guatemala, please call in advance to confirm that they are taking reservations and to be informed of any measures or requirements they may have.