Guatemala (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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: Yes
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 10.02.2021
1. Passengers who have been in or transited through South Africa or United Kingdom in the past 14 days in are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to nationals or residents of Guatemala.
2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or antigen test result. The test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 10 years;
– passengers with a medical discharge of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection which occurred at most 3 months before arrival. The medical certificate must have been issued at least 10 days after being diagnosed;
– passengers with a certificate of vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19) if the last dose was administrated at least 2 weeks before departure.
3. Passengers must complete a Health Pass form before departure at . This will generate a QR code, which must be presented upon arrival.
4. Nationals and residents of Guatemala could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.
5. Airline crew could be subject to quarantine for 10 days.


Detailed Tourist Information

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

24 hours before your arrival, you are required to register via the Guatemalan Health Pass website. Once you have submitted your details, you must print the form and bring it with you. Upon arrival, you are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test, dated no more than 72 hours before the date of your arrival in Guatemala, together with a printed copy of the form.

Foreign nationals, who are not legally resident in Guatemala, will not be permitted into Guatemala should they fail to provide a test.

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. This measure came into force on 23 December.

Foreigners can continue to leave Guatemala. Some have been able to leave Guatemala via the Mexican El Carmen border crossing. Visit the portal of the Mexican Embassy in Guatemala for information on immigration requirements.

If you are unable to provide a negative COVID-19 test (dated no more than 72 hours before arrival), you will need to enter a period of quarantine for a period of 14 days.

Upon arrival in Guatemala, you will be asked to complete an immigration form where you will be required to provide the address where you will be staying. If you do not have the negative COVID-19 test with you, local authorities will provide further instructions about the place where you should complete the quarantine and any other details you should provide upon arrival.

Lockdown Details

Some restaurants are providing table service based on the color the town where the restaurant is located has been assigned. Delivery option is recommended by the government. Core businesses, such as banks, petrol stations, pharmacies and supermarkets remain open. However, commercial establishments that are allowed to operate will be closed from 9pm to 4am.

Shopping complexes (strip malls, not big shopping malls) can open, if they are compliant with health and safety protocols. The President encouraged people to continue to work from home. Visits to prisons, juvenile centres and elderly care homes are prohibited.

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