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Health Alert – May 4, 2021

Last updated:  6/16/2021

Effective February 24, all passengers arriving in Guatemala must present evidence of either a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival,  COVID-19 vaccine completed at least two weeks before arrival, or recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival.  All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days 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.

CDC COVID-19 Test Waiver. Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at GTMCOVIDWaiverEmergency@state.gov, and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  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
    1. Is U.S. destination home address?
  5. Departure date
  6. Flight itinerary
  7. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  8. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  9. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  12. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  13. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

The Embassy currently assesses that sufficient RT-PCR tests are available in Guatemala to United States-bound travelers. See private laboratories’ information in “COVID-19 Testing” below.

Country-Specific Information:

Entry into Guatemala is restricted (with limited exceptions) for individuals who have visited Brazil, the U.K., and South Africa within the previous 14 days.

All passengers age 10 and over arriving in Guatemala by air and land are required to obtain one of the following;

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or an Antigen test within 72 hours prior to check in at the airport, or arrival at the land border.
  • If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months, a medical certificate from the healthcare facility where you received treatment showing evidence of the date of your diagnosis, and confirmation of your recovery.
  • Evidence that you have received a complete COVID-19 vaccination course, with the second dose being administered at least two weeks before arrival in Guatemala.

Please make every effort to stay informed before making any travel plans by confirming with your airlines and checking the Guatemalan Government website https://igm.gob.gt.

All businesses, entertainment facilities, places of worship, and public spaces may operate, with limited opening hours, and appropriate measures for social distancing following locality-specific tiered health alerts. The wearing of a face mask in public spaces is mandatory.  U.S. citizens are advised to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible.

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 72 hours? 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 Q300 and Q600.  PCR testing costs between Q600 and Q1,500 and 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 is not comprehensive, and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of any particular facility.

GUATEMALA CITY:

Hospital Esperanza
6a Avenida 7-49, Zona 10
Phone: 2415-9000
https://hospitalesperanza.com
PCR: Q950 (24 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q340 (2 hours)

Blue Medical
(various locations)
Phone: 2300-4000
https://www.mibluemedical.com/gt/
PCR: Q600 (6 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q295

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: Q300

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: Q370 (same day)

Hospital Angeles
2A Av. 14-74,
Zona 1, Guatemala City
Phone: 2505-8100 ext. 2203
https://hospitalangeles.com.gt/
PCR: Q560 (8 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q260

Biotec
12 Calle 1-25, Edificio Geminis 10
Zona 10, Guatemala City
Rapid Antigen: Q395 (same day)

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: Q375

SOLOLA
Laboratorio la Asunción
7a. Avenida 11-52, Zona 2
Phone: 7762-3303; 3049-2967
PCR: Q1,300
Rapid Antigen: Q350;
Home visits. Cost dependent on distance.

PANAJACHEL

Laboratorio la Asunción
Calle el Mercado, Callejon Maria Cruz
Phone: 7762-6268
PCR: Q1,300
Rapid Antigen: Q350
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
PCR: Q1,500
Rapid Antigen: Q600

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

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? Procedures for the availability of vaccines in Guatemala for non-citizens have not yet been publicized. Persons meeting the current criteria as publicized by the MSPAS (see below) may seek information regarding the eligibility of non-citizens from their District Area de Salud.

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

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).  The Government of Guatemala received its first delivery of vaccine doses in February.  Priority will be given to healthcare workers, first responders, and older persons in 10 year descending age groups (e.g. 70 years +, 60 years +, 50 years+), followed by other persons with underlying health conditions.

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.

Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. However, foreigners who have visited Brazil, the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), or South Africa within the past 14 days are not permitted to enter Guatemala. Guatemalan nationals, permanent residents of Guatemala, accredited diplomats and airline crewmembers are allowed to enter, but are required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, in addition to existing testing requirements.  This guidance could change rapidly and additional countries may be added.  Please make every effort to stay informed before making any travel plans by confirming with your airlines and checking the Guatemalan Government website https://igm.gob.gt.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. All persons ages 10 and over entering Guatemala by air and land, and who cannot present evidence of either a COVID-19 vaccine completed at least two weeks before arrival, or recovery from COVID-19 within three months of arrival,  must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. Note that air carriers will request proof of negative test upon departure from the United States.

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, and any non-resident foreigners presenting symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival may be denied entry to Guatemala.

Movement Restrictions:

Is a curfew in place? No.  However, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to limit their activities and movements after dark.

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.  However, authorities may request those who travel internally to declare the nature of their travel, and present any documentation related to their itinerary.

Quarantine Information:

Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Please see “Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?”  above for information on quarantine requirements for certain travelers who have visited Brazil, the UK or South Africa within the last 14 days

Transportation Options:

Are commercial flights operating? Yes. Several airlines are operating flights to and from the United States, but with a currently limited schedule.  Passengers seeking tickets or information for flights, or assistance with inquiries related to any previously-cancelled flights, should contact their airline directly.

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.

Fines for Non-Compliance:  

Masks must be worn 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.  Exceptions are granted only for children under age 2, and those with a certified medical exception.  Non-compliance is subject to criminal penalty, including fines of up to 150,000 Quetzales. 

Nationwide Restrictions and Resources

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

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.

Restrictions on In-Person Commercial Activities: 

All businesses, including restaurants, bars, and entertainment facilities, may operate, with regulations on social distancing within each facility based on the health alert level in each location.  Alcohol sales are prohibited between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

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.

Restrictions on Church Services:

Religious services may operate, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

Restrictions on Public Sector Activities:

Public sector offices are operating, with appropriate social distancing measures in placePublic sector offices will operate from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with appropriate social distancing measures in place.

Consular Operations:

U.S. Citizens Services (ACS)/Passport Services:

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City is scheduling a limited number of 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 appointments, click here ​

For CRBA issuance, including first-time passport issuance for a U.S. citizen minor, click here

For notarial services, click here

Visa Services:

The Embassy remains unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.

Immigrant Visas:

We recognize the challenges the suspension of routine visa services has created, but the safety of our applicants and staff remains our top priority. We ask for your continued patience as we work as quickly as possible under the present extraordinary conditions to resolve our existing backlog of cases.

If you believe your case involves an emergency situation, you may request an expedited appointment.  Please email a scanned letter or statement of proof of the emergency circumstances, where applicable to GuatemalaIV@state.gov.

Nonimmigrant Visas:

The Embassy continues to process applications for the following visa categories:

Applicants for H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.

Interviews for all other visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. Applicants of any visa category with an urgent need to travel can request an emergency appointment.

Applicants should visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/gt/gt-niv-typefandm.asp to schedule an appointment.

In order 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. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com to reschedule their interview.

https://covid19.gob.gt/semaforo.html

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