Guatemala adds entry requirement for proof of vaccination


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International travelers to Guatemala will soon have to show proof of vaccination to enter the country. This new travel requirement, which is due to take effect on Monday, January 10, 2022, is in addition to the testing requirements for entry.

Hiker with backpack on a peak of the San Pedro volcano in Guatemala

As of Monday, here are the entry requirements for all international arrivals to Guatemala:

  • All travelers aged 12 and over must show full proof of vaccination for entry. This means two doses of a required two-dose vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer, etc.) or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The last required dose should have been administered at least two weeks before travel to Guatemala.
  • All travelers aged 10 and over must provide proof of a negative Covid test result (PCR and antigen are currently accepted) from a certified laboratory taken no later than 3 days before check-in at the airport or upon arrival at the border land to cross to Guatemala.
Empty wooden jetty leading to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Mountain View in the distance

Exceptions apply for proof of vaccination – Travel information

These new entry requirements do not apply to Guatemalan residents or citizens.

the entry guidance states that if you have a medical contraindication that prevents you from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, then travelers must bring the official medical certificate proving this condition to show at the border.

Small Quetzal bird on a branch, Guatemala

What if I travel by land from Mexico?

The northern border is a popular crossing for those coming from / to the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, which is still currently one of the only countries without any travel entry requirements such as tests or proof. vaccination.

According to the updated guidelines on the U.S. Embassy page, all international arrivals will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative test at the airport and land border crossing.

Guatemalan citizens, residents and diplomats of Guatemala may present That is a negative Covid test or full proof of vaccination to be allowed entry.

in front of the colorful yellow church in Guatemala

Situation of the Covid in Guatemala

As in a number of countries around the world, cases of the virus have increased in recent weeks across Guatemala. According to the data provided by Reuters, the country is currently at 29% of its peak number of cases, with more than 1,150 new infections reported daily on average.

Over the past year, Guatemala has been opened to international travelers without strict entry requirements. As the Central American nation became the first Latin American country to recognize vaccinated tourists in early 2021, unvaccinated travelers were allowed to travel to Guatemala if they presented a negative Covid test result.

Guatemala is currently on a Level 3 “Reconsider Travel” advisory according to the CDC due to crime cases and the increase in Covid cases across the country.

Things To Do In Guatemala

From volcanic hikes to peaceful lake views and lazy beach towns, Guatemala has a bit of it all.

The city of Antigua is arguably one of the most popular destinations in Guatemala. Popular with backpackers, hikers and adventurers, this pedestrianized colonial town is surrounded by volcanoes ready to be hiked, not to mention serene Lake Atitlan.

Pacaya volcano is an active volcano nearby which is an easy / moderate hike. For a more intense experience. Acatenango volcano is a more strenuous (but rewarding) hike that you can do as an overnight trip and spend a night on the mountain.

Just a 30-minute drive from Antigua is the capital, Guatemala City, where travelers can relax for a few days and recharge their batteries. Travelers can explore the cathedrals and markets of the city center. Museo Popol Vuh, a well-organized museum filled with historical and cultural artifacts is definitely worth a visit.

If you’re looking for some beach time, head to the Pacific Coast to Puerto San Jose or Iztapa for unique black sand beaches and whale watching opportunities. Head to the Caribbean coast to Livingston for a tropical vibe where you can relax in a beachside bungalow for a few days.

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