Health and safety tips for travelling in Guatemala

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Vaccinations before you go

It is recommended that you receive a vaccination against Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is no risk of yellow fever in Guatemala. The government of Guatemala requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. To find out more about suggested vaccinations please check the following website:

Risk of malaria in Guatemala

If you should take malaria tablets depends largely on where you will be traveling in Guatemala and if you will spend a lot of time outdoors. Only at altitudes <1,500 m (4,921 ft) and in rural areas. None in Antigua, Guatemala City, or Lake Atitlán.

Risk of Dengue in Gautemala

It is also important to be aware of the risk of Dengue fever. Dengue only in rural areas and to become infected with this disease you need to be stung repeatedly, but if you have contracted dengue fever you will experience headache, high fever and fatigue. It is important to act quickly to cure the disease.

Drinking water

You should avoid drinking the tap water in Guatemala. You can buy water almost everywhere you go at a low cost.


Only eat food that is cooked and served hot, fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself and pasteurized dairy products. When you eat food from a street vendor make sure the meat is well done and try to pick places you see a lot of other customers buying their food.

Hospitals in Guatemala case of an emergency

There are some private hospitals in Guatemala City that have excellent helpful staff and most doctors will speak English. The doctors treating you will have likely studied abroad and can give good medical care. When you book travel to Guatemala through us, we will do our best to help you in any way possible if you have a medical emergency.

Travel insurance

When you travel abroad you should make sure you always have a medical insurance.