Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Guatemala on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travelling abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

You must keep to the social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times in all public spaces, including the airport.

Health protocols are in effect at ports of entry for the screening of arriving and departing passengers. Non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry into Guatemala. Please see Entry requirements for more information.

You should stay informed before making any travel plans by confirming with your airlines and checking the Guatemalan Government website (in Spanish).

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Guatemala.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities (only available in Spanish).

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID-19. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Guatemala

Restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are in place. If you are in Guatemala you should:

  • observe social distancing of at least 1.5 metres;
  • wear a mask. This is mandatory for everyone in public places, including on the street, as well as on any kind of transport. Children under 2 years of age and those with a medical condition certified by a health professional are exempt from this requirement;
  • be aware that people who have recovered from COVID-19 must wear their masks for 14 days after recovery. Those under quarantine must also wear masks inside their homes;
  • wash and sanitise your hands frequently

Sale of alcoholic and fermented beverages are prohibited from 1am to 6am.

If you do not comply with these measures you could be fined or face criminal charges. Fines range from £700 to £15,000.

Every town has been assigned a colour from red to green, which corresponds to the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported. For information about the specific restrictions in your location, refer to the Guatemalan government’s website.

You should familiarise yourself with the threat level in your area and keep up to date with any changes.

Public transport is operating, however, there are a number of restrictions on capacity and access can still be very limited. If you wish to travel 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. See Local travel.

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 COVID-19 measures or requirements they may have.

Healthcare in Guatemala

Many of the hospitals in Guatemala are full given the COVID-19 situation in the country. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms you should seek medical advice and check the official page where all important information about COVID-19 as well as all advice from the Guatemalan authorities can be found. Please visit the Guatemalan Ministry of Health’s website for further information and advice.

British-issued prescriptions cannot be used locally. To find a pharmacy (“farmacia”) look for one of the big national chains such as Meykos, Cruz Verde or Carolina y H, among others; searching online should help you to identify the nearest one. For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Guatemala.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Guatemala

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Guatemala announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Guatemalan national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Sputnik V vaccines. British nationals resident in Guatemala are eligible for vaccination, if they choose to join the programme. People who meet the criteria as advertised by the Ministry of Health can register on the official website and follow their social media pages for information on the nearest vaccination centre.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living in Guatemala, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

Guatemalan authorities request that people keep up to date with the latest information by visiting this official page where all important information about COVID-19 as well as all advice from the Guatemalan Ministry of Health can be found.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.