Fast Facts: Guatemala

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

The rainy season is between mid-May and mid-October (Mid-May into mid-November in the north).

The months of March and April are very hot especially in the low lying areas such as the Pacific coastal plain.

Check out the current weather conditions in Guatemala.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health precautions or requirements to enter Guatemala.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal although U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Please review the current exchange rate for the Quetzal.

ATMs can be found in most major towns but do not expect to find them in every tourist spot.

What items should I shop for?

In open air markets you should be able to bargain for most purchases whereas chain-owned shops have fixed prices and will not lower their prices. Some of the most commonly purchased items in Guatemala are jade, coffee, and traditional Mayan handmade blouses known as huipiles and skirts knows as cortes. You might also want to try Ron Zacapa Centenario, Guatemala's prize-winning rum.

What are the voltage requirements?

115/230 volts, 60 Hz. Plus A, B, G & I. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.