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Last updated: November 26, 2021

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

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight.  U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.To apply for an exemption, please follow the instructions here.

Country-Specific Information 

All passengers 10 years of age 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; or
  • 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; or
  • Evidence that you have received a complete COVID-19 vaccination course, with the final 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 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 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

Información Relacionada con COVID-19 COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Exemptions

Per the CDC website, 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 exemptionshould 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:

a.   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

b. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number, and nationality
c. Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
d. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit

e. U.S. destination address

  • Is U.S. destination home address?

f. Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights

    • Airline
    • Flight #
    • Departure airport and date of departure
    • Arrival airport and date of arrival

g. Vaccination Status
Fully Vaccinated

      • Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
      • Date of first dose
      • Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
      • PDF or photograph of vaccination record
      • NOT Fully Vaccinated

h. 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))
i. 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)

j. Documentation to support justification for exception if provided (e.g., medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
k. 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.

All persons 10 years of age 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 the airline check-in.

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 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.

  • Restrictions on In-Person Commercial Activities: Commercial establishments, 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.
  • 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 place.

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.

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 (approximately USD 20,000).

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

Immigrant Visas:  For an explanation of how immigrant visa cases are being prioritized, please visit:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/immigrant-visa-prioritization.html.  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.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact to GuatemalaIV@state.gov to reschedule their interview.

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

Interviews for all other nonimmigrant 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 go here to schedule an appointment.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever should contact to support-guatemala@ustraveldocs.com to reschedule their interview.

Local Resources

  1. Government of Guatemala Entry Requirements
  2. Government of Guatemala Semáforo Alert Levels
  3. Table of Restrictions Per Semáforo Level 

Other links