Guatemala has become the latest country to allow vaccinated tourists to enter without PCR testing or quarantines.
The list of nations that have updated entry requirements to recognize vaccinated travelers is still quite small, under 10 countries as of late February 2021, but is slowly starting to grow.
Guatemala has updated their official government entry requirements to now allow tourists to enter restriction-free if they can present evidence that they have received 2 full doses.
The last dose must have been administered no less than 2 weeks prior to the date of travel.
What about entry for un-vaccinated tourists?
For travelers who have not yet received the vaccine, or do not wish to take it, Guatemala has also updated some attractive options making entry less restrictive.
Un-vaccinated tourists have more options than ever, including:
- Providing either a PCR or antigen test, taken no longer than 3-days before departing on the inbound flight.
- Providing proof of recovery from the virus. The diagnosis must be within the past 3 months with a medical certificate from the health clinic where the traveler was treated, with confirmation of recovery.
- Travelers under 10 are exempt from all testing, vaccine or proof of recovery requirements.
Guatemala is the first Latin American country to recognize vaccinated tourists.
Other nations that have amended their entry requirements to incorporate vaccinated travelers include; Seychelles, Romania, Cyprus, Georgia, Iceland, Lebanon, Poland, and Slovenia. Greece, Israel, and Denmark have also declared their interest in making allowances in the near future for vaccinated tourists.
While Guatemala has been quick to pivot on its flexibility for entry requirements, it did take a while for the nation to reopen in 2020. Guatemala reopened its international airport for tourists on September 18th, 2020, while other Latin American nations had already been receiving tourists for several months, like Mexico for example which reopened in June.
What’s it like visiting Guatemala during the pandemic?
Currently, as of Feb 2021, hotels and restaurants are open with capacity limits, public transportation is operational, and beaches are open.
The wearing of masks is required in all indoor and outdoor spaces.
Direct flights are available from New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami, as well as many Latin American countries.
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