Foreign travel advice

Guatemala

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Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the whole of Guatemala based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

COVID-19 entry restrictions for Guatemala

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Guatemala’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

Returning to the UK

Guatemala is on the amber list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you’re planning travel to Guatemala, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

15,229 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2019. Most visits are trouble free.

The rainy season in Guatemala normally runs from June to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. See Rainy season. You should plan any travel carefully. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre. Follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters.

Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. Take care in all parts of the country, including Guatemala City. You should carry personal ID when travelling (certified copies are fine). See Crime

Guatemala has active volcanoes, some prone to heightened activity. From 12 February, local authorities have reported an increase in activity associated with the Fuego and Pacaya volcanoes. La Aurora International Airport is subject to closures at short notice due to volcanic ash affecting the airport operations. You should check with your airline or travel agent ahead of your travel date for the most up to date information. More details can also be found on the websites of the Guatemalan Meteorological Office (INSIVUMEH, in Spanish only) and La Aurora International Airport. Local authorities will continue monitoring the volcanic activity. You should be mindful of the greater risk when in the vicinity of these volcanoes. See Volcanoes

Avoid travelling on public buses (repainted US school buses). Private inter-city coach services are safer, but not immune from attack. See Local travel

UK health authorities have classified Guatemala as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Guatemala, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 120 (police) or 122/123 (ambulance and fire).

If you are abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.