FCO Travel Advice for - Guatemala

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  • Travel in the Departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, El Quiche, Retalhuleu, Solola, Totonicapan and Suchitepequez are still affected by damaged caused by an earthquake that struck in November 2012. A ‘State of Public Calamity’ remains in place and on 6 March 2013 local authorities announced a further extension of this measure for another 30 days to enable the local authorities to continue coordinating relief and reconstruction efforts. Monitor the situation and follow the advice of local authorities. See Earthquakes

  • 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/landslides

  • 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. You should be alert to local instructions. 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. See Political situation

  • There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • 31,286 British nationals visited Guatemala in 2012. Most visits are trouble free. See Consular assistance statistics

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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