• Useful Information Guatemala

    VISAS And PASSPORTS:

     

    You must present a valid passport and return tickets upon entering Guatemala.

     

    Certain nationalities require a visa. You can consult the list at the following website: http://www.minex.gob.gt/Visor_Pagina.aspx?PaginaID=21

     

     

    EXIT FEES:

     

    Upon leaving Guatemala, you must a US$3 exit tax, which is now included in the airline ticket. You also must pay an airport security fee of US$3.

     

     

    CURRENCY

     

    Although the official currency is the Quetzal (Q), most businesses and tourist destinations accept American Dollars  (US$).

     

    1 euro = 10 Q; 1 dollar = 7,60 Q

     

     

    TIPS

     

    We recommend leaving a 10% tip, based on consumption, although it is not mandatory.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    - Official language: Spanish. English is spoken in the principal tourist destinations.

     

    - Other languages: Maya, Xinca and Garífuna.

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: GT

     

     

    AREA CODE: +502

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts, like in Mexico and USA. European appliances require an adaptor.

     

     

    TIME ZONE: GMT - 6

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Guatemala is known as the country of eternal springtime, since the year-round temperature is around 22ºC, although it is lower in the highland plateau and higher on the coasts. The rainy season is from May to October.

     

     

    EMERGENCES: Police 110 and Fire Department 123

     

     

    OFICINAS DE TURISMO:

     

    Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica (CATA)  The Central American Office of Tourist Promotion

    Address: c/ Capitán Haya, 56-1ºD. 28020 Madrid (Spain)

    Telephone: (34) 91 572 08 54 // 55

    email: info@visitcentroamerica.com

    Web: www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Lobby INGUAT

    Address: 7ª. Av. 1-17, Zona 4

    Telephone: 2421-2800 Ext. 4121 y 4122

    email: info-lobby@inguat.gob.gt

    Web: www.visitguatemala.com

     

    Tourist Assistance

    Telephone: 1500 o 2421-2810

    email: asistur@inguat.gob.gt

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    Spain

    Address: 6a. Calle 6-48, Zona 9,

    Guatemala City

    Telephone 502 – 2379-3530 // 50

    Fax: 2379 35 33 / 2379 35 56

    email: emb.guatemala@maec.es

     

    United Kingdom

    Address: Avenida de la Reforma y 16 calle zona 10. Edificio Torre Internacional, Nivel 11

    Guatemala City

    Telephone: (502) 2380-7324

    Fax: (502) 2380-7339

    email: embassy@intelnett.com

    Web: http://ukinguatemala.fco.gov.uk

     

    Italy

    Address: 12 calle 6-49, zona 14. Edificio Santa Bárbara

    Guatemala City Teléfono: (502) 2380-7324

    Fax: (502) 2367 3916

    email: ambasciata.guatemala@esteri.it

    Web: www.ambguatemala.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Guatemala

     

    Germany

    Address: Avenida de la Reforma 9-55. Edificio Reforma 10, Zona 10, Nivel 10

    Guatemala City

    POBox: 2364-6700

    Telephone: (502)  2364-6700

    Fax: (502) 2365-2270

    Web: http://www.guatemala.diplo.de/

     

    France

    Address: 5ª Avenida 8-59 Zona 14. Edificio COGEFAR. 01014

    Guatemala City.

    Telephone: (502)  2421-7370

    Fax: (502)  2421-7407

    email: ambfrguate@intelnet.net.gt

    Web: www.ambafrance.org.gt

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    If you are coming from Europe you don’t need any vaccinations, unless you have been do an endemic country previously.

    Even so, if your stay in the country is going to be prolonged or if you are going to visit the interior, we recommend that you are vaccinated against tetanus, hepatitis A and B, T fever and yellow fever. It is also important to remind you that in the tropical regions and on the coast there is a slight risk of contracting dengue and/or malaria, so we recommend that you take anti-malarial medication and use insect repellents.

     

    Visit the Health Ministry web page for more information:

    http://www.msc.es/

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS

     

    Airports:

     

    There are two principal airports in Guatemala: La Aurora International Airport , in the country’s capital; Mundo Maya International Airport, in the city of Santa Elena.

     

    •  La Aurora International Airport (GUA)

    Avenida Hincapié 18-05, Guatemala City, Guatemala

     

    •  Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS)

    Highway 2a, 3 km from downtown Santa Elena, Petén

     

    In addition, there are numerous airports and landing strips that receive domestic flights, and can be used to visit the different tourist destinations of the country. Among them we find:

     

    Coatepeque Airport (CTF) in the municipal capital of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango

     

    Cobán (CVB) Airport in the Centre of Guatemala

     

    Huehuetenango Airport (HUG) in the Capital Department of Huehuetenango

     

    Playa Grande Airport (PKJ) in the municipal capital of Ixcán

     

    Puerto Barrios Airport (PBR) in the city of Puerto Barrios

     

    Quetzaltenango Airport (AZZ) in the city of Quetzaltenango

     

    Quiché (AQB) Airport in the Municipality of Santa Cruz del Quiché

     

    For more information contact Avianca Taca Holding S. A. (www.aviancataca.com) or Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos (www.tag.com.gt), who offer established routes to the different tourist destinations of the country.

     

    Sea Transportation:

     

    Guatemala has numerous ports all along its coasts, especially Santo Tomás de Castilla and Puerto Barrios, on the Caribbean , and Puerto Quetzal, on the Pacific side. Furthermore, there are numerous docks and small ports all up and down the coastlines, communicating the different tourist destinations.

     

    To cross the Bay of Amatique you can take a 2-hour launch trip from Port  Barrios, to Punta de Manabique.

    If you want to go to Belize, there is a small ferry (Requena´s charter taxi: http://www.belizenet.com/requena/) that leaves Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) daily for Punta Gorda (Belize).

    If you are going to Honduras there is a boat from Port Livingston (Guatemala) to the port of Omoa (Honduras).

     

    Highways:

     

    Guatemala has an extensive network of highways, although many of them are not paved, so we recommend that you avoid travelling by road during the rainy season.

     

    However there are more than 10.000 km of paved roads connecting the capital to the principal cities in the interior and on the coasts. The most important Guatemalan highway is the Inter-American Highway that crosses the country from North to South.

     

     

    ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING:

     

    Travel insurance, high protection sun block, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, raincoat (if you go in the rainy season), light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially if you go in the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, jacket and sweater, because in the highlands it can be chilly; also take Airport small first aid kit including a stomach protection and serum.

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