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Guatemala Entry Requirements For Travel in 2022

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Guatemala has reopened its international airport for tourists on September 18th, 2020.

The reopening was first announced by Juan Antonio Ruiz, president of the Guatemalan Airline Association, earlier on in the month.

As of January 2022, Guatemala remains open to visitors from all nations.

View of Guatemala International Airport check-in area

Countries Allowed To Enter Guatemala

All nations. 

Guatemala has removed any covid-related restrictions on who can enter and has now resumed regular immigration policies. 

Note: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are banned due to variant concerns.

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Vaccine and Testing Requirements

As of Jan 10,2022: Both COVID-19 tests and proof of vaccination required for entry. 

Testing Requirement:
PCR and antigen tests are accepted.All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test, taken no longer than 3 days before arrival. 

Children under 10 are exempt from testing protocols. Proof of recovery (positive test between 10-90 days and letter of recovery) will also exempt from testing.

Proof of Vaccination:
At least 145 days must have elapsed since the final dose. 

Lago Atitlan - Guatemala

Quarantine in Guatemala

At present, there are no quarantine requirements.

Health Pass Form

All arrivals by air need to first complete the Health Pass form online before departure. 

Dancers with traditional mask and costumes in Antigua, Guatemala

Health Protocols in Guatemala

All travelers must follow the COVID-19 health protocols while in Guatemala:

  • Comply with social distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
  • Use a face mask in all public spaces, including on the street and public transportation.

If you do not comply with these measures you could be fined or face criminal charges. Fines range from £700 to £15,000.

Woman prepares to sell radishes at market day in the center of Zunil, Guatemala
Woman prepares to sell radishes at market day in the center of Zunil, Guatemala prior to the pandemic

What's Open In Guatemala?

Markets, malls, and restaurants are operating with restrictions and limited capacities.

Public transportation is limited.

Every town has been assigned a color from red to green, which corresponds to the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported. For information about the specific restrictions in your location, refer to the Guatemalan government’s website.

  • Red Alert: Public transport is limited to 50% capacity. Markets, malls, and restaurants can operate with limitations; hotels must close common areas and cannot hold events. Parks, bars, event venues, gyms, cinemas, concerts, and theaters are not allowed. 

  • Orange Alert: Public transport is limited to 50% capacity. Markets, malls, restaurants, parks, gyms, and entertainment businesses can operate with limitations. Bars, cinemas, theaters, and event venues must remain closed.

  • Yellow Alert: Public transport is limited to 75% capacity. Most businesses can operate with limitations and social distancing measures. Cinemas and theaters may reopen, but bars and event venues must remain closed. 

  • Green Alert: Most restrictions lifted.

A mild eruption of the Fuego volcano outside Antigua, Guatemala

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Disclaimer: Current Guatemala travel rules can change without notice and are being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Originally Published: September 5, 2020 with updates

Timothy Wolfe

Monday 5th of October 2020

any data on if they have reopened the national tourist sites (specifically TIKAL) since that would be the only reason to go to guatemala :)


Sunday 20th of September 2020

Thanks for this. Any idea if entry through the land border with Mexico is permitted?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 20th of September 2020

Sorry, not sure