Travel Health Guide

Guatemala

Guatemala is a destination that sits firmly atop any backpackers list for Central America. While many come to see the Mayan ruins of Tikal or the cobblestone streets of Antigua, there is much more to explore in this volcano-laden land. With its indigenous heritage and fascinating blend of Guatemalan, African and Caribbean influence, unique variety of natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for adventure tourism, there’s plenty to do in this small yet unique nation.

Travel Health Guide

Guatemala

Guatemala is a destination that sits firmly atop any backpackers list for Central America. While many come to see the Mayan ruins of Tikal or the cobblestone streets of Antigua, there is much more to explore in this volcano-laden land. With its indigenous heritage and fascinating blend of Guatemalan, African and Caribbean influence, unique variety of natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for adventure tourism, there’s plenty to do in this small yet unique nation.

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Guatemala Travel Checklist

At Runway, we're looking to empower the traveler with information, resources and access to prescription travel medication. Runway Health Guides are compiled from government sources, local authorities and vetted by a team of licensed travel physicians. From vaccine requirements to medication recommendations, here’s everything you need to know.

Vaccine Entry Requirements For Guatemala

Yellow Fever


If traveling directly from the US, Guatemala does not require any vaccines to enter.

If your itinerary includes a visit to, or a 12+ hour layover in, a Yellow Fever endemic country prior to arrival, a Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. For a list of Yellow Fever endemic countries, click here.

Countries with Risk of Yellow Fever Transmission:

African: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda

South & Central America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

Proof of vaccination (Yellow Book) is only valid 10 days after you receive the vaccine.

COVID-19


Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations change regularly. For the latest travel requirements, please refer to this interactive map developed by our friends at Sherpa.

Most travelers get these

when traveling from the US to Guatemala

Vaccines

Covid 19
Childhood Vaccines:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Medications

Malaria Medication

if traveling to transmission regions such as Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Izabal, Petén, Quiché, and Suchitapéquez.. No transmission in most popular tourist regions of Guatemala City, Antigua, and Lago de Atitlan. Plan ahead- you may have to start taking medication for several days before and after you travel to ensure that it is effective.

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Some travelers get these

when traveling from the US to Guatemala

Vaccines

Typhoid

if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay in the country.

Rabies

may be considered if planning activities that involve direct contact with animals or wildlife – ie. wild camping, cave exploring, or fieldwork in rural areas. As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.

Medications

Altitude Sickness Medication

if you plan to visit high elevation areas like Tajumulco Volcano. Guatemala is a mountainous country but most of the other traditional highlights are below 8,000ft. Consider traveling with medication for altitude sickness as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

Travel Checklist

At Runway, we're looking to empower the traveler with information, resources and access to prescription travel medication. Runway Health Guides are compiled from government sources, local authorities and vetted by a team of licensed travel physicians. From vaccine requirements to medication recommendations, here’s everything you need to know.

Yellow Fever

If traveling directly from the US, Guatemala does not require any vaccines to enter.

If your itinerary includes a visit to, or a 12+ hour layover in, a Yellow Fever endemic country prior to arrival, a Yellow Fever vaccine and proof of vaccination may be required to enter. For a list of Yellow Fever endemic countries, click here.

Countries with Risk of Yellow Fever Transmission:

African: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Cono, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda

South & Central America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

Proof of vaccination (Yellow Book) is only valid 10 days after you receive the vaccine.

COVID-19

Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations change regularly. For the latest travel requirements, please refer to this interactive map developed by our friends at Sherpa.

when traveling from the US to Guatemala

Vaccines

Covid 19
Childhood Vaccines:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Medications

Malaria Medication

if traveling to transmission regions such as Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Izabal, Petén, Quiché, and Suchitapéquez.. No transmission in most popular tourist regions of Guatemala City, Antigua, and Lago de Atitlan. Plan ahead- you may have to start taking medication for several days before and after you travel to ensure that it is effective.

when traveling from the US to Guatemala

Vaccines

Typhoid

if you are visiting rural or remote areas or enjoying an extended stay in the country.

Rabies

may be considered if planning activities that involve direct contact with animals or wildlife – ie. wild camping, cave exploring, or fieldwork in rural areas. As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.

Medications

Altitude Sickness Medication

if you plan to visit high elevation areas like Tajumulco Volcano. Guatemala is a mountainous country but most of the other traditional highlights are below 8,000ft. Consider traveling with medication for altitude sickness as symptoms set in within the first 6-24 hours.

This guide is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

This guide is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

This guide is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

This guide is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.

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