Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offers flights to the United States in June

June 1, 2020

Location: Guatemala 

Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala reminds all U.S. citizens that United Airlines has made flights available throughout June to assist passengers seeking travel to the United States.  These flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: June 1-4; June 8-11; June 15-18; and June 22-25. In addition, they are offering flights on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30. Passengers seeking tickets or information for these flights and passengers seeking assistance with inquiries related to cancelled flights, should reach out to the airline directly at https://www.united.com or VentasGUA@united.com.  The Embassy will continue to work with the airline to provide letters requesting permission for inter-departmental travel to the airport.  Passengers will receive these waivers from the airline upon ticket purchase.

The Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following Guatemalan government-enforced restrictions are in place:

Curfew Hours: Guatemala’s mandatory curfew will continue through at least Monday, June 8, running from 6:00 p.m. each evening through 5:00 a.m. the following day.   Every individual in Guatemala — including U.S. citizens — is required to remain inside their domicile during curfew hours (with exceptions for health and security, restaurant delivery services, certain media and legal personnel in pursuit of their duties, and patients receiving urgent treatment for chronic conditions).

Operating Hours for Essential Businesses: Supermarkets, grocers, and other markets are permitted to operate on Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.  Banks and financial institutions are permitted to operate on Monday through Friday, from 5:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.  Agricultural and ranching activities, transportation of humanitarian aid, and hotel hospitality services are permitted during these hours as well.  Restaurants are permitted to provide food for takeout each day from 6:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  Food delivery hours are not restricted.  Other commercial activities are permitted from 6:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., provided the business ensures appropriate sanitary and social distancing measures are in place.

State of Siege in Three Solola Municipalities: Guatemalan President Giammattei declared on Saturday, May 30, a state of siege to be in place in the municipalities of Nahualá, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán and Santa Lucía Utatlán.  The President stated that these three municipalities had “undertaken a series of actions which affected the order, governability, and security of their inhabitants.”

Inter-Departmental Travel: all travel between departments in Guatemala is prohibited.  The Embassy is not able to assist in procuring waivers to this prohibition on an individual basis.

Mandatory Use of Masks in Public: all individuals must wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Failure to comply with this requirement will result in fines of up to 150,000 quetzales.

Closing of Borders: the Guatemalan government is currently barring entry to most non-Guatemalans (with specific exceptions for accredited diplomatic personnel, health and security personnel, and exceptional cases as designated by the Guatemalan government) – by its land, sea, and air borders.  Airport operations and routine commercial flights out of Guatemala have been suspended.  The U.S. Embassy continues to work with Guatemalan authorities to allow passengers manifested on outgoing commercial flights to travel to the airport in Guatemala City.  These passengers will receive letters requesting safe passage from their commercial carrier.

Suspension of Public Transportation: public transportation within Guatemala is suspended.

Prohibitions on Alcohol: the sale and purchase of alcohol is permitted only during limited hours.   Consumption of alcohol in public areas is prohibited.

Other Restricted Activities:  All beaches, lakes, rivers and other tourist sites in Guatemala remain closed.  Public religious gatherings and celebrations of any size are prohibited.  Visits to individuals in hospitals or prisons are prohibited.  Academic activities at all levels are suspended until further notice.

Additional Department and Municipality-Level Restrictions: Beyond the national-level restrictions mentioned above, different municipalities within the country may adopt additional restrictive measures on travel and outdoor activities.  Please monitor local news reports to receive the latest information.

Guidance for American Citizens

The United States Embassy in Guatemala urges all U.S. citizens to comply with the restrictions imposed by the complete closure of the country, as well as all other restrictions and regulations outlined above.

As a reminder for U.S. citizens registered in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), your registration expires automatically based on the dates entered and you will not receive updates after that date. Update your account to show that you are still in Guatemala.  Follow these instructions to keep receiving messages from the STEP Program. From within your account settings, update to INDEFINITE to ensure that you continue receiving messages. If you have any trouble, please email CASTEP@state.gov.

Please contact AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov for any urgent inquiries.

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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