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With some cities dating back to pre-Colombian times, Guatemala is a majestic country with offerings for every type of traveler. Tours of places like Tikal and Semuc Champey are just the start for traveler’s to this Central American nation.
Find out how you can prepare yourself for your trip from the vaccines you’ll need to what to bring.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Guatemala. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Guatemala:
measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
Traveler’s diarrhea is another big threat for traveler’s to Guatemala and Central America at large. Studies indicate up to 70 percent of all travelers will contract traveler’s diarrhea during their trip. Make sure you bring a traveler’s diarrhea kit containing remedies like DiaResQ or antibiotics.
To learn more about these diseases and the vaccinations that prevent them, see their respective pages.
Start protecting yourself today with an appointment at your local Passport Health. Call or schedule online now to book your travel consultation.
The yellow fever vaccine is not recommended for travelers to Guatemala. However, a yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry to Guatemala. If you are coming to Guatemala from a country where yellow fever is present you may be required to show proof of immunization. For example, if you are traveling from Brazil to Guatemala, proof of yellow fever immunization may be required.
Due to its tropical nature, Guatemala does have some potentially deadly mosquito-borne diseases. These include:
To learn more about these diseases, see their respective pages. If you are planning a trip to Guatemala and need antimalarials, contact your local Passport Health by calling or book you appointment online today.
A passport is required for travel to Guatemala but a visa is not, for stays less than 90 days. Guatemala does require your passport be valid for the length of your stay and have at least one blank page for your entry stamp. Tourists or other types of visas are available for longer term stays.
The State Department recommends leaving your passport in a secure location, like a hotel safe, while you are enjoying the sights of Guatemala. This is to avoid having your passport stolen. Instead, carry a photocopy of your passport with you in case anything comes up.
Guatemalan authorities may not accept a damaged passport. Make sure your’s is in order before yout travel.
If you need a new passport, to renew your passport or are looking to stay for more than 90 days, Passport Health’s Passport and Visa Expediting service can help. We provide one-on-one quality assistance to our clients and will help you secure the documents you need. Call us today at 1-844-366-8472 or email us to start your passport or visa process.
Guatemala has kept a few surprises hidden for travelers to find themselves, mainly the weather. The country’s high mountains tend to alter weather patterns, at times making them difficult to predict. Researchers have divided the country into three primary zones:
Guatemala does have a rainy and dry season. May to October is considered rainy while July and August are drier. The dry season starts in March and ends in early May. The remaining months are generally mild.
Guatemala does have a high rate of violent crime, but tourists seem to be shielded from it. The U.S. State department has determined the majority of crime against tourists to be petty, mainly pickpocketing and purse-snatching. Consider wearing less flashy clothing and carrying just a small amount of cash to avoid becoming a target.
Longer-term visitors, those staying for more than two weeks, tend to be more likely to be victims of serious crime. They should take extra precautions to avoid unsafe areas.
Despite it’s popularity, it can be a bit tricky packing for Guatemala. We suggest:
The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is located at:
U.S. Embassy Guatemala
Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Telephone: +(502) 2326-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(502) 2331-2354
Fax: +(502) 2331-3804
The Guatemala City embassy is the only embassy or consulate in Guatemala. If your passport is lost or stolen or you have serious issue, contact the embassy immediately.
The U.S. State Department also recommends all travelers register with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) to receive important notifications regarding in-country security.
No matter where your journey to Guatemala takes you, Passport Health can help. We specialize in travel medicine for all types of travelers, from business people to tourists to aid workers.
To learn more about how Passport Health can help you stay safe throughout your travels, schedule an appointment by calling or booking online today.
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