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September 28, 2022

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: September 28, 2022

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

*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Effective August 12, 2022, the Government of Guatemala no longer requires passengers arriving by air to present proof of a negative COVID test or proof of a complete COVID vaccine course to enter Guatemala.

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

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 U.S. 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. Prices are subject to change without notice.  Note that this list 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, Guatemala City
Phone: 2415-9000
https://hospitalesperanza.com/)
Rapid Antigen: Q275 (1 hour)

Blue Medical
Various Locations – some have 24-hour availability
Phone: 2300-4000
https://www.mibluemedical.com/gt/
PCR: Q595 (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: Q695 (48 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q250

Hospital Centro Medico
Zona 10, Guatemala City
Phone: 2279-4949
https://www.centromedico.com.gt/ubicaciones-2/2017/4/5/centro-medico-zona-10
PCR: Q650 (24-48 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q250

Hospital El Pilar
Zona 15, Guatemala City
Phone: 2279-5000
https://elpilar.gt
PCR: Q950 (24-48 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q275

Laboratorio Clinico Centro Procrea
6 Avenida 7-39, Edificio Las Brisas
Zona 10, Guatemala City
Phone: 2296-6446 – 2296-6447
http://www.centroprocrea.com
Rapid Antigen: Q200 (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: Q522 (same day)
Rapid Antigen: Q150 (1 hour)

Hospital Ángeles
2A Av. 14-74,
Zona 1, Guatemala City
Phone: 2505-8100 ext. 2203
https://hospitalangeles.com.gt/
PCR: Q495 (8 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q149 (2-3 hours)

Biotec
12 Calle 1-25, Edificio Geminis 10
Zona 10, Guatemala City
Phone: 2376-8300
Rapid Antigen: Q250 (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 La Merced
6a. Avenida Norte, Number 56
Phone: 7832-0294
Rapid Antigen: Q200 (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 (30 minutos)
Rapid Antigen Q290 (30 minutos)
24 hour service.

SOLOLA

Laboratorio la Asunción
7a. Avenida 11-52, Zona 2
Phone: 7762-3303; 3049-2967
PCR: Q850 (4 hours)
Rapid Antigen: Q250 (1 hour)
Home visits. Cost dependent on distance.

PANAJACHEL

Laboratorio la Asunción
Calle el Mercado, Callejon Maria Cruz
Phone: 7762-6268
PCR: Q 850 (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, Santo Tomas de Castilla
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: Q900
Rapid Antigen: Q250 

Hospital Nuestra Senora de Fatima
11 Calle 9a. Avenida Esquina
Phone: 7948-8996
PCR: Q750
Rapid Antigen: Q300

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 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? No.

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 in Guatemala City 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

Effective July 15, 2022, the Government of Guatemala has declared that the use of masks throughout Guatemala is optional, except that in hospitals, medical clinics, vaccination centers, medical labs, nursing homes, prisons, and on public transportation, it is mandatory.

Consular Operations

To protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, 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 provides 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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