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Foreign travel advice

Guatemala

Summary

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in 2015 and 2016. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Seek advice from a health professional if you have any further questions or concerns.

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. There may be disruptions to traffic and public transport. You should avoid all demonstrations. See Political situation.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

35,065 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2014. Most visits are trouble free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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