Travel in the Departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, Retalhuleu, Solola, Totonicapan and Suchitepequez is still affected by damage caused by an earthquake that struck in November 2012. A ‘State of Public Calamity’ remains in place to enable the local authorities to continue coordinating relief and reconstruction efforts. Monitor the situation and follow the advice of local authorities. See Earthquakes
On 2 May 2013, Guatemalan authorities declared a State of Siege in the municipal districts of San Rafael Las Flores and Casillas in the department of Santa Rosa, and the municiple districts of Jalapa and Mataquescuintla in the department of Jalapa, following a series of violent protests there. This measure will be in place for 30 days from 2 May. If you plan to travel to these areas you should seek advice from your travel agent or PROATUR. See Local Travel
The rainy season in Guatemala normally runs from June to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. See Local travel and Rainy season.
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. Over the weekend of 1 - 2 March 2014, Pacaya volcano increased in activity. Local authorities have announced a yellow alert. You should avoid climbing the volcano. You should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the situation. 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.
Large demonstrations occur throughout Guatemala, often with little or no notice. See Political situation.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
31,286 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2012. Most visits are trouble free.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.