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United States Drops Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory For Guatemala and Nicaragua

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The United States Government has dropped its travel advisory for Guatemala and Nicaragua from a level 4 ‘do not travel’ to a level 3 ‘reconsider travel’.

Both countries were issued the level 4 advisory by the U.S. State Department back on August 10th citing high transmission levels of COVID-19. Now the United States government has downgraded the advisory for both nations to a level 3. 

The Temple of the Great Jaguar and the Great Plaza at Tikal in Guatemala
The Temple of the Great Jaguar and the Great Plaza at Tikal in Guatemala

The level 4 travel advisory was lifted as the daily number of COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua continues to drop and is staying stable in Guatemala. 

Daily COVID-19 Cases in NIcaragua
(Image: Worldometers)
(Image: Worldometers)

Nicaragua Travel Advisory Dropped To a Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Nicaragua is once again reopening for tourism as air connectivity is being restored after the country closed its airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The following flights have been announced by U.S. airlines:

  • Miami on American & Avianca, resuming Oct 7
  • Houston on United, resuming Oct 1
South end of Big Corn Island, on the Carribean side of Nicaragua

The level 3 advisory for Nicaragua states: Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to COVID-19,  civil unrest, crime, limited healthcare availability, and arbitrary enforcement of laws.

“Nicaragua has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Nicaragua”

Old Cathedral and a Nicaraguan flag flying at Plaza de la Revolución in Managua, Nicaragua

The U.S. State Department also warns that travelers should be alert to the risks of violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery.

Travelers also need to be aware that supporting pro-democracy rallies or criticism of President Ortega and the Nicaraguan government could result in detainment, disappearances and torture according the the travel warning. 

The Iglesia de la Merced, in Granada, Guatemala the oldest colonized city in Central America
The Iglesia de la Merced, in Granada, Guatemala the oldest colonized city in Central America

Guatemala Travel Advisory Dropped To a Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Guatemala reopened for tourism on September 18th, 2020 when international airports reopened and connectivity was restored with the United States. 

American Airlines, Spirit, United and Avianca will have all resumed service to Guatemala by the end of October. 

Santa Clara monastery in Antigua City, Guatemala

The level 3 advisory for Guatemala states: Reconsider travel to Guatemala due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime.

According to the U.S. State Department “Guatemala has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.”

Iglesia Yurrita (Yurrita Church) Guatemala City

The warning also states that “violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”

Central square prior to the pandemic, Parque Central, around the fountain in front of the National Palace, Guatemala City
Central square prior to the pandemic, Parque Central, around the fountain in front of the National Palace, Guatemala City

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