Practical information to travel to Guatemala

Capital City

Guatemala City

Language

The official language is Spanish. The indigenous people speak K’echi, K’iche en Mam.

Time zone

GMT – 6

Travel Documents

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after departure from Guatemala. Please note that passport requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the passport requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Visa

When you enter Guatemala, you will receive a visa stamp in your passport saying you are able to stay in Guatemala for 90 days.

Please note that visa requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Airport Tax

An airport tax of 30 dollars is required for visitors departing Guatemala. However, this tax is usually included in the price of the ticket.

Currency

Quetzal (GTQ)

Bank Facilities

Stickers on the ATM’s show exactly which cards you can use. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and restaurants. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and restaurants. Please keep in mind that not all banks change Travelers’ checks.

Cuisine

The Guatemalan cuisine is mainly about ‘tortillas’ and ‘frijoles’, mais pancakes and beans. Along the coast there are lots of fish and shrimp on the menu. Many great fruits grow in Guatemala. On the street, pieces of fruit such as mango, orange, watermelon and pineapple are sold in bags. For a ‘licuado’ you can choose your own type of fruit, blended with water, milk or yogurt.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to enter Guatemala. However, you are being advised to take precautions against hepatitus A and B, typhus, diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Malaria occurs at the coast and in the jungle, therefore precautions against malaria are also advised. Furthermore, you are being advised to discuss your travel plans with a health-care provider to determine which vaccination you might need.

Health

While traveling in Guatemala, you are being advised to avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. It is advisable to only drink bottled or boiled water. Also try to avoid street food and always wash your hands before eating.

Voltage

The electricity current is 120 volts, 60Hz. Guatemala generally accepts the following plugs:

Flat blade plug

Two parallel flat pins with ground pin V- shaped flat prongs

Climate

The climate in Guatemala is generally very pleasant. Guatemala has a dry and rain season. The rain season starts approximately in May until October. During the wet season the rain usually falls in the afternoon.

Generally, the days are warm and the nights are pleasantly cool.