Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

July 1, 2020

Location: Guatemala

Event:   

On Sunday, June 28, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango. 

Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility: 

All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number (for example P001AAA) can circulate Monday, June 29; Wednesday, July 1; Friday, July 3; Tuesday, July 7; and Thursday, July 9; and Saturday, July 11.   

All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an even number (for example P002AAA) can circulate on Tuesday, June 30; Thursday, July 2; Saturday, July 4; Monday, July 6; Wednesday, July 8; and Friday, July 10.  

Motorcycles, pedestrians, and other modes of non-vehicular transportation are exempt from these restrictions. 

All private vehicular mobility will be restricted on Sunday, July 5, and Sunday, July 12. 

In short, for the next two weeks: personal vehicles with a plate ending in an odd number can drive on odd numbered dates, and personal vehicles with a plate ending in an even number can drive on even numbered dates, except for Sundays which are a complete lockdown. 

Curfew Hours:  

Guatemala’s NATIONAL mandatory curfew will remain in place from 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13. The curfew runs from 6:00 p.m. each evening through 5:00 a.m. the following day.  In addition, a 24-hour curfew has been instituted for Sunday, July 5, and Sunday, July 12.  All persons are required to stay in their residences from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6; and from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13.  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). 

Inter-Departmental Travel:  

All travel to and from the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango is prohibited.  The Embassy is not able to assist in procuring waivers to this prohibition on an individual basis. 

Additional July U.S.-bound flights: 

In addition to its ongoing flights to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), United Airlines has opened additional July U.S.-bound flights with destinations of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).   

 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. 

 Reduced ACS Services: 

As a reminder, due to COVID-19-related health and safety measures, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City has suspended all routine consular services for U.S. citizens as of Monday, June 22, and continuing until further notice.  

While this suspension is in effect, the Embassy will provide passport services on an emergency basis only.  U.S. citizens with expired or soon-to-expire passports who have imminent travel plans to the United States may request an emergency appointment at the Embassy through the email address listed below.  

The Embassy continues to accept adult passport renewal applications by mail. For more information on this process, please click here.  

Due to reduced operations at U.S. domestic facilities, U.S. citizens who have previously applied for routine passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services may expect delays in receiving their documents.  Applicants with documents in transit who have imminent travel plans to the United States may apply for emergency passports by scheduling an emergency appointment through the email address listed below.  As a reminder, U.S. citizen children do not require a CRBA to qualify for an emergency passport.  

To schedule an emergency appointment, you can email amcitsguatemala@state.gov. 

State of Prevention:  

The Government of Guatemala has announced an extension of the State of Prevention, until July 30, 2020, for the municipalities of Nahualá, Santa Lucía Utatlán, and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, of the Department of Sololá.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in the area caused by territorial disputes. Increased military and police presence can be expected in the area throughout the State of Prevention period.   

State of Calamity: 

The State of Calamity was extended until August 5, 2020. 

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

Operating Hours for Essential Businesses:  

Supermarkets, grocers, other markets, and essential businesses are permitted to operate from 6:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  Shopping malls and large commercial centers remain closed. 

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. 

Suspension of Public and Private Sector Labor Activities:  

Public and private sector labor is suspended, with the exceptions for certain essential government and health personnel, and for specific industries and utilities whose activities are essential to Guatemala’s security, food production, sanitation or infrastructure.  

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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