Guatemala FAQ

We have answered the most frequently asked questions about Guatemala below.  However, if you have any other questions, please feel free to call us Toll Free at 1-888-268-9753 or email us at info@savacations.com.  See all of our Guatemala Tours.

The best time to travel to Guatemala is during the dry season, which runs from November to April.

The main travel destinations in Guatemala are Guatemala City, Antigua, Lake Atitlan (Panajachel and the other lakeside villages), El Petén (Tikal and several other Maya ruins), and the Garífuna village of Livingston, on the Caribbean coast.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides recommended and/or required vaccinations for each country.  For Guatemala, it recommends that you should be up-to-date with routine vaccines such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and that you get your yearly flu shot.  It also recommends that you get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and Hepatitis B, depending upon your travel plans.  Since rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Guatemala, rabies vaccine is recommended if you will be involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put you at risk for animal bites, such as adventure travel and caving.  There is no risk of yellow fever in Guatemala.  The government of Guatemala requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.  You should see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.

There is a relatively low risk of malaria for travel to Guatemala. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent malaria while traveling.

U.S. citizens require a passport valid for the duration of their stay, up to 90 days. Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Guatemalan embassy in their country before traveling.

Voltage: 120 V; Frequency: 60 HZ; Plugs: Type A (Flat blade attachment plug), Type B (Flat blades with round grounding pin), Type G (British 3-pin rectangular blade plug), and Type I (two flat oblique blades that form an inverted V and a grounding blade).

There is a $30 departure tax on international flights (that may be included in the cost of your airline ticket), a Q5 ($0.65 USD) departure tax on local flights, and an airport security fee of Q20 ($2.61 USD).


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