Is it SAFE to travel to GUATEMALA now during Covid? (August 2021)
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The pandemic is at its worst moment in Guatemala. According to the CDC, there is a high level of COVID-19 (dark orange) in Guatemala. Traveling there should be reconsidered.

Guatemala is also experiencing many political protests against corruption, hunger, and poverty, which have worsened during the COVID-19 crisis.

It is recommended to be fully vaccinated before visiting Guatemala. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid all non-essential travel. 

Stats & current COVID-19 situation in Guatemala?

The coronavirus pandemic is at its peak in Guatemala. Up to date, the country has reported 398,990 cases, 10,898 of which were mortal.

Source: Worldometers

There are 38,687 current infections and an average of around 3,000 new cases daily, Guatemala’s highest daily incidence.

Vaccination progress in Guatemala

Source: Our World in Data

Guatemala has suffered a desperate vaccine shortage and a slow and rocky rollout. So far, the country has distributed 2,462,592 doses, but only 404,698 Guatemalans (2.4% of the population) have 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.

Antigua

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

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.

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