Guatemala (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers can enter and are not required to present negative PCR test results, or antigen test results.

You should have received two doses (one dose if vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.10.2021
1. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
2. Passengers and airline crew could be subject to quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.


Detailed Tourist Information

Guatemala International Airport re-opened on 18 September. You must keep to the social distancing rules and wear a mask at all times while at the airport.

Guatemala does not permit the entry of travellers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the 14 days prior to their arrival. This measure is not applicable to Guatemalan nationals, diplomats or foreign nationals who are legal residents in the country who must self-isolate for a period of 10 days at their place of residence. This measure came into force on 23 December 2020.

All persons aged 10 or over arriving in Guatemala must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test, dated no more than 72 hours before the date of your arrival at a Guatemalan airport. All persons arriving by air must also complete, in advance of arrival, a Health Pass. Airlines will request proof of a negative test and completion of the Health Pass prior to boarding. 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.

Passengers without a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense. This test costs US $ 25 or Q.200 (Quetzales, local currency).

– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 10 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 10 days after the positive test result. The passenger must have tested positive at most 3 months before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if the last vaccine dose was received at least 2 weeks before departure 6

Lockdown Details

From 30 April, the following measures against COVID-19 take effect:

-Visits to beaches, lakes, rivers, resorts and water parks throughout the country will be permitted. There are restrictions on the maximum capacity. Visitors may not stay past 9pm
-Fairs are permitted, however, parties, concerts, and “any other activity that generates a congregation of people” in the municipalities with red and orange alerts are -prohibited. For fairs, the 9pm restriction also applies
-Shopping centres may remain open for entry until 9pm
-Supermarkets and food shops may serve until 9pm, but must limit capacity to 50%. Markets must close by 7pm
-Restaurants, bars and nightlife venues must continue to close by 9pm
-Concerts and mass events are at the discretion of the local authorities, but they must respect the time limit of 9pm
-Churches may have face-to-face activities until 8pm

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

-comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 metres;
-the proper use of a mask is mandatory for the entire population at all times and in any place, including on the street, and whilst travelling;
-people that have recuperated from COVID-19 and those under quarantine must use masks inside their homes;
-wash your hands frequently;

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

The sale of alcohol is prohibited between 8pm to 6am, from Monday to Sunday. All businesses, entertainment facilities, and public spaces will be permitted to open, with appropriate measures for social distancing.

Attendance at funerals and burials is limited to a maximum of 10 attendees. Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Guatemala to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

While the curfew has ended, health measures remain in effect, including maintaining social distancing within businesses and other public facilities based on the health alert level in each location. Every town has been assigned a colour, which corresponds to the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported. Red signifies the highest number of cases, amber signifies a high number of cases, yellow signifies a moderate number of cases and green signifies a lower number of cases. For information about the specific restrictions in your location, refer to the Guatemalan government’s website.

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