As the coronavirus situation evolves around the world, we will provide regular updates to help you make informed decisions about your Guatemala travel plans.
Latest Update: JULY 9
Guatemala has 25,411 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. 3,718 people have recovered, and 1,053 people have died, leaving 20,640 active cases.
Guatemala implemented a State of Calamity (similar to a state of emergency) on March 5, which has been extended to August 5, 2020. Travel within the country is currently highly restricted with vehicular restrictions determined by license plate, travel prohibited between specific departments (Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Quetzaltenango), and a mandatory nightly curfew in place from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am. Public transportation in the country has been suspended. All individuals must wear masks in public spaces, including grocery stores, banks and on the street. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in fines of up to Q150,000 (roughly USD$19,500).
The Guatemalan government is currently barring entry to most foreigners, with exceptions for accredited diplomatic personnel, health and security workers, and other exceptional cases as designated by the Guatemalan government. Land, sea, and air borders are closed with no projected or planned dates for reopening.
Other Important Information & Restrictions:
- Supermarkets, grocers, open-air markets and essential businesses are permitted to operate from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Shopping malls and commercial centers remain closed.
- All beaches, lakes, rivers and touristic sites in Guatemala remain closed.
- Public religious gatherings and celebrations of any size are prohibited.
- Visits to individuals in hospitals and prisons are prohibited.
- Schools remain closed.
The most up to date information can be found on the US Embassy in Guatemala website (in English) and on the Guatemalan government Twitter feed. As updates are published, ROAM will post the most pertinent updates here, as well.
- US Embassy in Guatemala website (English)
- US Embassy COVID Restrictions FAQ (English)
- Guatemalan government Twitter feed (Spanish)
- World Health Organization’s (WHO) – Latest Updates on COVID-19
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – Latest Updates on COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Information for Travel
- Johns Hopkins – Map of confirmed cases worldwide
- The Tico Times – English-language online newspaper in Costa Rica