- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Entry requirements
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020
Hurricane Eta caused significant damage to certain parts of the country in November 2020, resulting in extensive flooding. A state of Emergency has been declared in six departments. Please contact the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico, or the Honorary Consul in Guatemala City if you are in an affected area and in need of consular assistance.
Guatemala City international airport has now re-opened. Anyone needing to travel to Guatemala for essential reasons must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test upon arrival, taken no more than 72 hours before your arrival. Commercial flight options remain limited.
In the airport, you must wear a mask at all times and comply with social distancing requirements. You are also required to register with the Guatemalan Health Pass website (here) 24 hours before arrival. Once you have registered, you must print the form and bring it with you.
We advise a high degree of caution if attempting to cross the land border from Guatemala to Mexico as disruption and closures are common. Extra care should be taken at walking border crossings as Migrant Caravans continue to move from Central America towards Mexico and the US.
Previous pausing of visa validity introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has now ceased and foreign citizens should ensure that they do not overstay their visas.
The government of Guatemala continues to implement a number of restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19.You are advised to follow official government sources for updates. Ministry of Health: https://www.mspas.gob.gt/ Government Updates: https://www.guatemala.gob.gt/
Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found via the following links:
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, local tour guide or hotel management. If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel,or the US National Hurricane Centre website.
Crime rates in Guatemala are high, with most incidents involving local gangs. However, crime can be indiscriminate and can occur in tourist areas. You should exercise caution when travelling in all areas of the country and avoid travelling on your own at night. Beware of scams.
You should only use radio or hotel taxis. You should remain vigilant and aware, including when using ATMs. Petty theft of passports and other personal belongings is common. You should be particularly aware when travelling on public transport as bags left in overhead compartments can be stolen. Avoid displaying valuable items, and carry small amounts of cash.
Private inter-city coach/bus services are generally safer than public buses. There have been reports of attacks on public buses, sometimes resulting in serious injury. It is generally safer to travel on main roads and with other vehicles. Speed limits are strictly enforced and penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are severe.
Although most political demostrations in Guatemala are peaceful, they should be avoided. Guatemalan law prevents political activities by foreigners. Participation in such activities may result in detention or removal from the country. Large demonstrations can occur without notice and may turn violent, with major roads (including to aiports) sometimes blocked.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.
Guatemalan medical service providers can be reluctant to offer care/treatment if you cannot prove you have comprehensive medical insurance.
There may be a risk of Zika virus in Guatemala. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.
If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.
Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.
Monday to Friday 09:30 - 12:30
Honorary Consulate Contact
Mr. Andres Wyld,
Honorary Consul of Ireland,
8 Avenida 3-90 Zona 14
Edificio La Rambla torre II oficina 3-1
Guatemala City 01014
Tel: +502 48022222
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.