Health Alert – Availability of COVID-19 Testing for Travelers to the United States (January 19, 2021)

Location: Guatemala 

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel.     

See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result page to view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ’s.     

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements.        

U.S. citizens who may not be able to satisfy the requirements should depart immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.

Availability of COVID-19 Testing in Guatemala:

Testing 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 Q500.  PCR testing costs between Q645 and Q2,500 depending on the turnaround time.  Results are emailed within 5 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.

Blue Medical
(various locations)
Phone: 2300-4000
https://www.mibluemedical.com/gt/

Clinica CIAM 
(various locations)
2506-4141
https://www.ciam.com.gt/

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

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

Hospital El Pilar
(Guatemala City, Zona 15)
Phone: 2279-5000
https://elpilar.g

Centros Hospitalarios La Paz
(various locations)
http://hospitaleslapaz.com/

Tecniscan Guatemala, S.A.
(various locations)
Teléfono 1723
https://www.tecniscan.com

Actions to Take:  

·        Monitor the CDC websitefor latest guidance regarding testing requirements. 

·        Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.    

·        Check the Embassy’s COVID-19 Information Page for updated COVID-19 related information. 

·        Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s  website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States. 

·        Clickherefor the Department of State’s COVID FAQs Search Tool.       

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/

Tel. (502) 2326-4000

Amcitsguatemala@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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