Summary

On 10 July, the Guatemalan President declared a “State of Public Calamity” for 30 days to enable local authorities to co-ordinate relief and reconstruction efforts after the earthquake that struck Guatemala on 7 July 2014. This measure has been extended by local authorities and is still in place. Travel disruption is likely in the worst affected areas. You should monitor the situation and follow the advice of local authorities. See Earthquakes

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. Before climbing any of the volcanoes, you should check and 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.

35,065 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2013. Most visits are trouble free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.