Foreign travel advice
The use of roadblocks and blocking public facilities, including the international airport, has increased. Vehicle access to the Semuc Champey National Park in Alta Verapaz is sometimes blocked by local protestors. There have been reports of clashes between members of the Semuc Champey community and local authorities. On 4 July 2016, PROATUR has advised against travelling to Semuc Champey for the foreseeable future. Consult PROATUR for the latest situation, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
The rainy season in Guatemala normally runs from June to November, coinciding with the hurricane season in the Caribbean. See Local travel and Rainy season.
Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America. Take care in all parts of the country, including Guatemala City. You should carry personal ID when travelling (certified copies are fine). See Crime.
Guatemala has active volcanoes, some prone to heightened activity. Before climbing any of the volcanoes, you should check and follow the advice of local authorities and monitor the situation. See Volcanoes.
Avoid travelling on public buses (repainted US school buses). Private inter-city coach services are safer, but not immune from attack. See Local travel.
Large demonstrations occur throughout Guatemala, often with little or no notice. There may be disruptions to traffic and public transport. You should avoid all demonstrations. See Political situation.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
16,526 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2015. Most visits are trouble free.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.