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Country Information

Guatemala

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.

Credit cards

  • Acceptance of credit cards is limited. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Quetzal GTQ
Import local currency
prohibited
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Export local currency
prohibited
Export foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared
Note
  • For reasons of safety, it is advisable not to exchange cash over the amount needed immediately.
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts for reconversion.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).
  • Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency. Exchanging GTQ in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Guatemala City

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Guatemala City, Edif. Torre Internacional, 16 Calle 0-55, Zona 10
Tel. +502 2367 55 20

Opening hours

Banks
8.30 - 12.30 h and 14.30 - 16.30 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 12.30 h (Sat)
Stores
9.00 - 19.30 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals if obtained at least 1 year previously, varies by rental company.
International driver's licence recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 25 (varies by rental company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Year-round risk of malaria below 1500m. No risk of malaria in Guatemala City.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.
Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Individual journeys not advised.
Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
Cultural characteristics
Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.