How safe is to visit Guatemala now: Latest updates
September 30 – COVID-19 cases finally dropping in Guatemala
Guatemala suffered a spike in coronavirus cases last month. Hopefully, those times are finally over. The country has registered a drop in infections, mainly as a result of immunization and safety restrictions, announced Francisco Coma, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, on September 28.
The changes have been observed since a couple of days ago. Coma also confirmed that both temporary and referral hospitals now have beds available once again.
Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 infections in the 30 to 40 age group has increased.
August 26 – Guatemala in state of emergency over the Delta variant surge
As of Sunday, August 15, Guatemala entered a state of emergency amid a surge of COVID-19 infections and a very low vaccination rate. It affects all territories and should last for 30 days.
Under the state of emergency, there is an overnight curfew from 10 pm to 4 am. Mass gatherings and events are prohibited. However, demonstrations that comply with social distancing measures are allowed.
The newly imposed decree should also speed up the process of purchasing supplies to deal with the pandemic. It also sets the minimum and maximum prices for essential goods.
On August 19, Guatemala registered 5,829 new cases, the highest daily incidence since the beginning of the pandemic. On average, there were around 4,000 new cases daily.
The coronavirus pandemic has hopefully passed its peak in Guatemala. Up to date, the country has reported 560,315 cases, 13,564 of which were mortal.
There are 28,320 current infections and an average of around 2,750 new cases daily.
Vaccination progress in Guatemala
Guatemala has suffered a desperate vaccine shortage and a slow and rocky rollout. So far, the country has distributed at least 6.83 million doses, but only around 14.3% of the population has been fully vaccinated.
Entry restrictions in Guatemala
Guatemala is open for tourism for most nations (except the U.K., South Africa, and Brazil).
As of February 24, all incoming passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test completed within 72 hours before arrival, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from the virus.
Wearing face masks in all public spaces is mandatory. Opening hours of establishments may also be limited.
Why travel to Guatemala during COVID?
First and foremost, there are no strict coronavirus restrictions. Also, this small Central American country boasts charming colonial towns, breathtaking volcanic landscapes, and fascinating indigenous cultures. Here are three things you definitely shouldn’t miss while visiting Guatemala.
Volcanoes, pebblestones, colorful buildings, and ruins. No wonder that this quaint town has become a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, there are plenty of great coffee shops in Antigua.
Tikal is a ruin of an ancient Mayan city set deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. It’s one of the greatest archaeological sites of the Mayan culture. What’s more, it’s also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, but it’s now open again.
Natural Pools of Semuc Champey
It wouldn’t be summer vacation without swimming. Enjoy the turquoise pools with their natural slides and waterfalls, hike to the viewpoint, or go for a scenic walk around the park. You simply cannot afford to miss Semuc Champey.