108,890 sq km
Guatemala City, Guatemala (UTC-6)
Guatemala: Paradise Awaiting To Be Explored
Come visit Guatemala and see for yourself one of the Central American region’s most colourful & interesting countries. Wander the bustling & vibrant local markets; explore Antigua, the former capital city and a Colonial beauty; visit a coffee or a macadamia plantation; climb a volcano and peer down into its depths; marvel at the variety of flora & fauna; visit one of local communities on the shores of Lake Atitlan; or clamber up one of the many pyramids at the ancient Maya’s most impressive of sites – Tikal.
Welcome To Guatemala
Here are just few reasons why to visit Guatemala:
– Ancient Maya Ruins:
- Ceibal & Yaxha
– Colonial Heritage:
- Guatemala City
- Churches, cathedrals & plazas
- Flores & Xela
– Natural Beauty:
- Lake Atitlán
- Pacaya Volcano
- Semuc Champey
- Rio Dulce
– Local Culture:
- Chichicastenango & Sololá markets
- Backstrap weaving
- Fusion of religions
- Maya & Garifuna communities
- Horse-back riding
- Volcano hiking
- Surfing & Rafting
- Quetzals & Toucans
- Wild cats
- Insects, butterflies & spiders
At The Earth Trip we have a team of professional travel consultants who have considerable knowledge and first-hand expertise in putting together tailor-made arrangements for any and all of the places in Guatemala and the the wider region you are planning to visit.
We would be delighted to discuss your plans and design a personal itinerary according to your own particular needs. On the ground we have a team of experienced English-speaking guides with a wealth of detailed knowledge, and we have a local ground agent in each country to represent us and to look after our clients locally.
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Visa Information / Entry requirements – Guatemala
This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Guatemala set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Guatemala’s entry requirements apply to you, contact its embassy, high commission or consulate.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
You must keep to the social distancing rules. From 18 July 2022, the Government of Guatemala has declared that the use of masks throughout Guatemala is optional, except in hospitals, medical clinics, vaccination centres, medical laboratories, nursing homes, prisons, and on public transportation, where it remains mandatory to wear masks.
The Government of Guatemala announced that from 13 August 2022, to enter Guatemala:
- You do not need to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter Guatemala
Please contact the Embassy of Guatemala in London for information on other migration requirements and documentation that you may need prior to travelling.
Please make every effort to stay informed before making any travel plans. You can confirm with your airline and/or check the website of the Guatemalan Institute of Migration.
There are no quarantine requirements.
Local authorities have advised against travel if suffering from any respiratory disease or presenting COVID-19 symptoms.
Proof of vaccination status
You can use the UK COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination record.
You don’t need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry into Guatemala.
Testing/screening on arrival
You should comply with any additional screening or testing measures put in place by the authorities.
Testing on departure
There is currently no testing upon departure in Guatemala. They will take your temperature upon arrival at the airport.
Regular entry requirements
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Guatemala for up to 90 days. For further information on entry requirements for tourists and for those planning to work in Guatemala, contact the Guatemalan Embassy in London.
If you wish to extend your visa, you must submit an application to the Guatemalan Institute of Migration in Guatemala City. You can find more information on the website of the Guatemalan Institute of Migration (in Spanish).
If you overstay your visa then you should expect to pay a fine before leaving the country. This fine can only be paid at the main Migration office in Guatemala City. While fines can be paid at the airport or land borders, it is strongly recommended that payment be made at the Migration office, as the administrative process at the airport could cause serious delays.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Guatemala.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry to and exit from Guatemala. ETDs must have a minimum period of 6 months validity from the date you enter Guatemala. If you’re travelling via the United States of America on an ETD, you’ll need to get a USA visa. For more information, please contact the USA Embassy in Guatemala. You should also check the requirements for any country that you are transiting. All tourists, including holders of ETDs will need an immigration form to leave the country.
Central America Border Control Agreement
Guatemala is part of the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, British tourists can travel within any of the CA-4 countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days which starts at the first point of entry of any of the CA-4 countries. They will be subject to immigration checks at the border (which does not interrupt or restart the 90 day count). Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a request for an extension can be made for up to 30 days by paying a fee before the 90 days limit expires. If you are expelled from any of the four countries you are also excluded from the entire CA-4 region.
If you are planning on travelling to Nicaragua, before you travel please check information on entry requirements with your travel company, the Nicaraguan Immigration authorities, or your nearest Nicaraguan Embassy. Please also check our travel advice for Nicaragua.
There is a US$30 (or Quetzal equivalent) airport departure tax, which is normally included in the price of the ticket.
When crossing into Guatemala by land border, there have been numerous reports of customs/immigration officials charging an “entry fee”. This is illegal. By asking for an official receipt for your money you may find that the “fee” is dropped.
When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped by a migration official. If you enter Guatemala without obtaining the relevant stamp, you are likely to receive a fine and may experience delays when leaving the country.
When crossing into Guatemala by the land border at El Carmen, be wary of people offering to help process your entry into the country.
Tourism Health Information – Guatemala
If you have a health condition, or you are pregnant, you may need specialist healthcare abroad. Check whether your destination country can provide the healthcare you may need and ensure you have appropriate travel insurance for unexpected medical evacuation or local treatment.
See the Coronavirus travel health and Healthcare sections in the Coronavirus page for COVID-19 health information.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
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Weather & When To Go To Guatemala
Guatemala’s dry season runs from December through to April, and the rainy season runs from June through October, with May and November being the ‘shoulder’ periods as one season evolves into the other from dry to rainy or rainy to dry.
Known as the land of eternal Spring, Guatemala’s temperature averages 22⁰C, with variances due more to altitude rather than season.
The central region which takes in Antigua, Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango and the highlands enjoys average temperatures of around 18⁰C. Further north, in the lowlands around Lake Peten Itza and the ruins at Tikal, the average temperature is around 20C but can reach as mid as the mid-30s⁰C, and this area receives proportionately more rain.
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At The Earth Trip we will design and plan your personalised itinerary according to the exact requirements of your trip. Whether you prefer to be on a mountaintop or under a waterfall; wake up in the middle of a jungle or have a picnic with locals in the tea plantations – we select the accommodation and activities in order to suit not only your preferences, but also your budget.Discover Tailor-Made