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Last updated: May 19, 2022

Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19

 

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Effective March 11, 2022, the Government of Guatemala has imposed the following COVID-related entry requirements:

Passengers who are Guatemalan citizens, foreigners, residents, accredited diplomats, or airline crew whose final destination is Guatemala must present one of the following:

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over: Evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before beginning your trip to Guatemala; or
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over: Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check in at the airport or arrival at the land border.

If you have any symptoms of respiratory illness or are suspected of having COVID-19, please postpone your trip to Guatemala.

Please make every effort to stay informed before making any travel plans by confirming with your airlines and checking the website (https://igm.gob.gt) of the Guatemalan government’s immigration authority.

COVID-19 Testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Guatemala? Yes.

If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.

Testing for US citizens is available at private clinics and hospitals in Guatemala City and in many departments outside of the capital.  Antigen testing typically costs between Q200 and Q600.  PCR generally testing costs between Q600 and Q1,500, or more depending on turnaround time.  Results are emailed within 2 to 48 hours.  Public hospitals and laboratories offer antigen testing for symptomatic patients and close contacts without cost but may require long waits and delayed results.

The following list of testing facilities are performing COVID-19 tests.  The cost of the test is the sole responsibility of the traveler.  Note that this list is not comprehensive and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of any particular facility.

GUATEMALA CITY

Laboratorio San Lázaro

La Aurora Airport, Zona 13 (open 24 hours)

Phone: 2315-8540 / 2315-8541 / 4736-6403

contactosanlazaro@gmail.com

Rapid Antigen: Q200 (1 hour)

Hospital Esperanza
6a Avenida 7-49, Zona 10
Phone: 2415-9000
https://hospitalesperanza.com
PCR: Q690 (2 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q340 (1 hour)

Blue Medical
Various Locations – some have 24-hour availability
Phone: 2300-4000
https://www.mibluemedical.com/gt/
PCR: Q645 (6 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q295 (1 hour)

Home Visits:  can be scheduled for an additional fee

Hospital Herrera Llerandi
Guatemala City, Zona 10
Phone: 2384-5959
https://www.herrerallerandi.com/
PCR: Q995 (48 hours)

Hospital Centro Medico
Guatemala City, Zona 10
Phone: 2279-4949
https://www.centromedico.com.gt/ubicaciones-2/2017/4/5/centro-medico-zona-10
PCR: Q990 (24-48 hours)

Hospital El Pilar
Guatemala City, Zona 15
Phone: 2279-5000
https://elpilar.gt
PCR: Q950 (24-48 hours)

Centros Hospitalarios La Paz
Various Locations
http://hospitaleslapaz.com/

Laboratorio Clinico Centro Procrea
6 Avenida 7-39, Edificio Las Brisas
Guatemala City, Zona 10
Phone: 2296-6446 – 2296-6447
http://www.centroprocrea.com
Rapid Antigen: Q250 (2 hours)

MyLAB Zona Medica
7 Ave 7-39, Edificio Zona Medica
Zona 9, Guatemala City
Phone: 2509-8887 / 5203-6165
https://mylab.com.gt
PCR: Q665 (same day)
Rapid Antigen: Q200 (1 hour)

Hospital Ángeles
2A Av. 14-74,
Zona 1, Guatemala City
Phone: 2505-8100 ext. 2203
https://hospitalangeles.com.gt/
PCR: Q595 (8 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q260 (2-3 hours)

Biotec
12 Calle 1-25, Edificio Geminis 10
Zona 10, Guatemala City

Phone: 2376-8300
Rapid Antigen: Q300 (1 hour)

ANTIGUA

Hospital de Antigua Pedro de Bethancourt
Aldea San Felipe de Jesus Antigua
Phone: 2279-0937; 7774-1414
https://mspas.gob.gt
No cost but must be exhibiting symptoms
Rapid Antigen and PCR

Laboratorio Juan Pablo
6a. Avenida Norte, Number 56
Phone: 7832-0294
Rapid Antigen: Q250 (1 hour)

Vitalmed

Carretera a Ciudad Vieja, Casa No. 80, Zona 0, Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.

Phone: 2339-9210.  WhatsApp: 3826-8176.

https://vitalmed.com.gt/

PCR Q690.00 (30 minutos)

Rapid Antigen Q290.00 (30 minutos)

24 hours service.

SOLOLA

Laboratorio la Asunción
7a. Avenida 11-52, Zona 2
Phone: 7762-3303; 3049-2967
PCR: Q950 (4 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q350 (1 hour)
Home visits. Cost dependent on distance.

PANAJACHEL

Laboratorio la Asunción
Calle el Mercado, Callejon Maria Cruz
Phone: 7762-6268
PCR: Q 950 (4 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q350 (1 hour)
Home visits. Cost dependent on distance.

PUERTO BARRIOS

Hospital Nacional de la Amistad Japon
Final Calle Colonia San Manuel
Phone: 7932-1818
No cost but must be exhibiting symptoms

Hospital del Carmen
Km. 292 Ruta al Atlantico, Rutal Pto Barrios
Phone: 7873-7578
https://www.hospitaldelcarmen.com.gt
PCR: Q1,500
Rapid Antigen: Q450

Hospital Nuestra Senora de Fatima
11 Calle 9a. Avenida Esquina
Phone: 7948-8996
Rapid Antigen: Q500

HUEHUETENANGO

Hospital Regional de Huehuetenango
Aldea las Lagunas, Zona 10
Phone: 7931-4646
http://www.mspas.got.gt
No cost but must be exhibiting symptoms

Hospital y Laboratorio San Martin
8a. Avenida 3a. Calle Esquina, Zona 4
Phone: 7790-9090; 7790-9004 ext 104
PCR: Q1,200 (2 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q500 (1 hour)

SAN MARCOS

Hospital San Marcos
5a. Calle 19-222, Zona 5
Phone: 7774-0474
No cost but must be exhibiting symptoms

Laboratorio Alameda
5a. Calle 3-40, Zona 4
San Pedro Sacatepéquez
Phone: 7760-5551
Rapid Antigen: Q390 (2 hours)

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Exemptions

Per the CDC website, for travel to the United States, exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and the COVID-19 testing requirement may be granted on an extremely limited basis when emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s life, health against a serious danger, or physical safety and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no exemptions available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Individuals in Guatemala – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for an exemption should contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City at GTMCOVIDWaiverEmergency@state.gov, and provide the following information for each passenger.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Type of Humanitarian or emergency request
  • Justification for exemption from predeparture testing requirement; and/or
  • Justification for exception to requirement for proof of being fully vaccinated
  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number, and nationality
  2. Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. S. destination address
  • Is U.S. destination home address?
  1. Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
  • Airline
  • Flight #
  • Departure airport and date of departure
  • Arrival airport and date of arrival
  1. Vaccination Status
  • Fully Vaccinated
  1. Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
  2. Date of first dose
  3. Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
  4. PDF or photograph of vaccination record
  • NOT Fully Vaccinated
  1. Purpose of travel to the United States (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  2. As applicable:
  • Justification for humanitarian exemption for testing requirement (e.g., no testing available where passenger is located)
  • Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
  1. Documentation to support justification for exception if provided (e.g., medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
  2. Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)

This list of required information is being provided as a courtesy.  The CDC is the controlling authority on the information that must be provided to request an exemption or waiver to the pre-travel COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirement.  Please consult the CDC website for information on the most up-to-date procedure.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Has the government of Guatemala approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.

Are vaccines available in Guatemala for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.  Vaccines are available for non-Guatemalan citizens.  Persons meeting the current criteria as publicized by the MSPAS (see below) may register at https://registrovacunacovid.mspas.gob.gt/mspas/citas/consulta with either a passport or Documento Personal de Identificación (DPI) number.

Which vaccines are available in Guatemala?   AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Sputnik V are approved for use in Guatemala.  Current availability is variable.

Guatemala’s national vaccination program is managed by the National Coordination Committee for Vaccination against COVID-19 within the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS).

Please visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.

Please stay informed before making any travel plans by confirming with your airline and checking the website (https://igm.gob.gt) of the Guatemalan government’s immigration authority.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes.

Effective March 11, 2022, the Government of Guatemala has imposed the following COVID-related entry requirements:

Passengers who are Guatemalan citizens, foreigners, residents, accredited diplomats, or airline crew whose final destination is Guatemala must present one of the following:

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over: Evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before beginning your trip to Guatemala; or
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over: Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check in at the airport or arrival at the land border.

If you have any symptoms of respiratory illness or are suspected of having COVID-19, please postpone your trip to Guatemala.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.

Health screening protocols are in place for arriving and departing passengers at La Aurora International Airport and at land border crossings.  Any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival or who test positive for COVID-19 may be denied entry to Guatemala.

 

Movement Restrictions

Is a curfew in place?  No.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.

The Guatemalan government maintains a website with COVID-19-related restrictions on movement and activities for a given area based on the health alert level in each location (https://covid19.gob.gt/semaforo.html).

The overall threat ranking is as follows:

Type of Alert:                        Threat Level:

Green                                      Normal

Yellow                                    Moderate

Orange                                   High

Red                                         Maximum

The list of threat rankings for each department and municipality is available on the Guatemalan government’s website at https://covid19.gob.gt/semaforo.html.

The activities that will be permitted at each threat level are summarized on the Guatemalan government’s website at https://covid19.gob.gt/tablero.html.  The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Guatemala to familiarize themselves with the threat level in their areas, and to keep abreast of any changes.

Quarantine Information

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No.

Transportation Options

Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.

Several airlines are operating flights to and from the United States.  Passengers seeking tickets, information on flights, or assistance with inquiries related to any previously cancelled flights should contact their airline directly.  Travelers are advised to allow additional time for check in.

Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Public transportation vehicles that have been authorized by their municipalities and the Ministry of Health, and that operate at 50 percent maximum occupancy, are permitted to operate.  For interdepartmental travel, only public transportation vehicles that have received authorization from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Communications, and that operate at 50 percent maximum occupancy, are permitted to operate.

Use of Masks

When a municipality or city in Guatemala is designated at the red level, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, in public or governmental spaces and establishments, private spaces and establishments open to the public, and private entities offering restricted-access services, including any form of transportation or transit.  When a municipality or city in Guatemala is designated at the orange or yellow level, masks are not required to be worn outdoors but must be worn indoors in enclosed spaces.  Exceptions are granted only for children under age 2, and those with a certified medical exception.

Consular Operations

To protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we will institute strict social distancing practices in our facilities.  All applicants must wear masks.

 

What U.S. Citizens services (ACS) are being offered?  The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City is scheduling routine appointments for U.S. passports, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notary services.  The Embassy continues to provide expedited consular services, also by appointment, including the replacement of lost/stolen passports for U.S. citizen visitors and passport issuance for U.S. citizens with imminent travel for emergency purposes, such as medical emergencies.

To request an appointment, please click on the following links:

  • For passport issuance and renewal, including emergency passports for imminent travel, click here.​
  • For CRBA issuance, including first-time passport issuance for a U.S. citizen minor, click here.
  • For notarial services,click here.

Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should click on the above links to reschedule their appointment.

What visa services are being offered?  The Embassy is scheduling routine immigrant visa services and a limited number of routine nonimmigrant visa services.  There remains a significant wait time for a routine nonimmigrant visa appointment.  To schedule a nonimmigrant visa appointment, applicants should go here.  Nonimmigrant visa applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment, subject to the criteria provided on the website of our scheduling platform.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com to reschedule their interview.

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