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Tourism is one of the most important industries in Guatemala. Up to two million tourists visit Guatemala every year and the number keeps increasing. One of the most important drivers to the booming tourism industry in the country is the tourist attractions in Guatemala. From the Mayan Ruin of Tikal and Quetzaltenango to the Pacaya Volcano, Monterrico and the Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii, Guatemala is bustling with tourist attractions.

Besides, Guatemala and Canada have a long and positive friendship and bilateral relationship with each other. The relationship has spanned for more than 50 years. As a matter of fact, Guatemala is Canada’s largest bilateral trading partner in Central America.

When traveling to Guatemala, it is important for Canadians to have additional coverage other than their provincial plan. Your provincial plan will not cover you outside Canada. This is why you need Guatemala travel insurance coverage or private medical plan to cover you in case of emergencies outside Canada.

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Basic Information About Guatemala

Some important information on Guatemala Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Guatemalan quetzal
Official language Spanish
Capital Guatemala City
Continent North America
Population Approx. 17 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Winter – May to October
  • Summer – November to April
Laws Local laws and customs

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Guatemala Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Guatemala is your choice and you are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. However, since we care about your safety and security, we provide you with relevant information in our Travel Advice to help you to make an informed decision as you travel out of Canada.

Risk Level

Guatemala – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to high levels of violent crimes, strikes, roadblocks, and demonstrations across the country, exercise a high degree of caution in Guatemala.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers to take special health precautions in Guatemala due to the Zika virus. Pregnant and would-be pregnant women are advised not to travel to the country.

 Entry / Exit requirements

Every territory or country decides who enters or exits its borders. The Canadian government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the Guatemalan authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The type of passport you use for travel determines the entry requirements that apply to you. Find out about the applicable entry requirements from your transportation company before you leave.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave the country.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Guatemala before you leave.

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Guatemala Healthcare

There are public and private hospitals and healthcare centers in Guatemala. The quality of healthcare in the North American country is lower than Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive. Some hospitals in Guatemala may ask for cash payment; so, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs and adequate Guatemala travel insurance for all-round coverage against unexpected circumstances and medical emergencies.

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Guatemala Travel Insurance News

A Guatemala family signed papers of their deportation on June 20, 2017, at an immigration office in Edmonton. The family’s four youngest children have citizenship in the U.S. while the parents and the oldest son have Guatemala citizenship.

Speaking through a friend, Adriana Hernandez who acted as a translator, Jilmar David Picon said that there are people in Guatemala who want them to die and that is why they are running away. The couple and their eldest son, Edison, will return to a town near the country’s western border with Mexico.

Picon said that he fears for his life. He also added that he was beaten by the gang members and was shot at.

The family revealed that a former co-worker of Picon’s wife Yolanda Duarte Martinez scammed them. The friend worked as a translator between them and a lawyer to help them apply for permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The Canadian Boarder Services Agencies told the family in November 2016 that none of the documents needed for the application was submitted.

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