Summary
Officials in Guatemala are likely to maintain the nation's current coronavirus (COVID-19)-related restrictions through at least early November. The government in Guatemala City has gradually eased restrictions on leisure and recreational activities in a move toward ending the state of calamity introduced in response to the pandemic. Bars and other recreational establishments are permitted to open. National parks, archaeological sites, fairs, theaters, swimming pools, and gyms are open, and concerts may resume, subject to capacity limits established within the country's four-tier virus risk classification system. This system divides the country according to the level of COVID-19 activity in each municipality, ranging from t red level, indicating the highest risk, to the green level, which indicates the lowest.

Some nationwide measures will remain unchanged. Individuals must continue to use facemasks that cover their mouths and noses while in public; failure to do so may result in a fine. Individuals are also urged to continue compliance with social distancing and adequate hygiene protocols. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in commercial establishments 2100-0600 daily, except on Dec. 24, 25, and 31, as well as on Jan. 1, 2021.

International Travel
Officials reopened the country's land, air, and sea ports of entry to passenger traffic on Sept. 18. All persons entering Guatemala must present a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival. Authorities will enforce additional health protocols and screenings at La Aurora International Airport (GUA); passengers arriving by air are also required to complete an online Health Pass before arrival. If Guatemalan citizens or residents do not present the negative test, or if they have COVID-19 related symptoms, they will be taken to an isolation center for further screenings; nonresident foreign nationals under the same circumstances will be denied entry into Guatemala.

All measures are subject to amendment at short notice. Authorities may reapply or further ease restrictions depending on COVID-19 activity. Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist despite reopening plans.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all appointments and travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

 

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