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Last verified: Thursday, 17. October 2019 at 07:24 AM

Guatemala Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Guatemala

Local Situation: 2.6 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Guatemala. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.6 / 5

Guatemala shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Guatemala), the Advisory Index is 2.6 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Honduras (2.8), Mexico (2.5), El Salvador with 2.5 and Belize with 2.4 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Guatemala

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Guatemala.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Guatemala from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.6 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Guatemala department due to crime. Escuintla department due to crime. Chiquimula department due to crime. Quetzaltenango department due to crime. Izabal department due to crime. Petén department due to crime. Violent ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/guatemala-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution in Guatemala due to violent crime and civil unrest.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/guatemala

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/guatemala

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Kriminalitet är vanligt. Det kan vara farligt att röra sig när det är mörkt. Orkansäsong i juni–november.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/GT

Individual rating changes for Guatemala

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Guatemala. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Guatemala changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Guatemala with a rating of 2.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Guatemala with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Guatemala with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Guatemala with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Guatemala with a rating of 3.0.

About Guatemala

Guatemala with its capital New Guatemala is a country in North America (Central America), slightly smaller than Tennessee (108,890 km²). The country is located Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) between Honduras and Belize. The climate can be described as tropical; hot, humid in lowlands; cooler in highlands. The landscape is mostly mountains with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateau. With a population of about 13 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital New Guatemala
Population about 13 million
Size 108.890 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Tennessee
Common languages Spanish
Currency Quetzal (short: GTQ)
Common voltage (electricity) 120V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 850/1900
International phone prefix +502
Internet Top Level Domain .gt
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 GT
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 GTM
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 320

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Guatemala is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation in the Peten rainforest
  • soil erosion
  • water pollution

Natural hazzards

  • Caribbean coast extremely susceptible to hurricanes and other tropical storms
  • numerous volcanoes in mountains, with occasional violent earthquakes
  • significant volcanic activity in the Sierra Madre range; Santa Maria (3,772 m) has been deemed a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close p

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Guatemala. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. chemicals
  2. clothing
  3. furniture
  4. metals
  5. petroleum
  6. rubber
  7. sugar
  8. textiles
  9. tourism

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. beans
  3. cardamom
  4. cattle
  5. chickens
  6. coffee
  7. corn
  8. pigs
  9. sheep
  10. sugarcane

Guatemalan Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Guatemala.

Export products

  1. apparel
  2. bananas
  3. cardamom
  4. coffee
  5. electricity
  6. fruits
  7. manufacturing products
  8. metals
  9. petroleum
  10. precious stones

Import products

  1. chemical products
  2. construction materials
  3. electricity
  4. fertilizers
  5. fuels
  6. grain
  7. machinery
  8. mineral products
  9. plastic materials
  10. products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Guatemala?

Guatemala is currently rated at 2,6 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 5 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Guatemala.

Is it safe to travel Guatemala in 2019?

Visiting the country Guatemala is usually fine. The score is at 2,6 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Guatemala?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 5 individual sources for Guatemala.

What is the size of Guatemala?

Guatemala has a size of 108,890 km² or 42,043 mi² which is slightly smaller than Tennessee.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.