Travel Vaccinations for Guatemala

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Guatemala

Recommended Vaccinations for Guatemala at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTP

Some Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, TB

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £63
DTP Person-to-Person Single Dose £53
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £68
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £89
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £69
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of 3/4- intradermal £69
TB Person-to-Person One Dose £63

Guatemala in Central America shares borders with Belize, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras.

Guatemala’s Mayan heritage still lives on, in Nebaj, hidden in the folds of the Cuchumatanes mountains, where the scenery is unforgettably beautiful. In contrast is the lovely modern city of Antigua, nestled between three volcanoes, with parks, fountains, open markets, and sprays of colourful bougainvillea gracing ancient Mayan ruins. And no spot in surprising Guatemala rivals the drama of Lago de Atitlán, the volcano-ringed lake in Guatemala’s highlands. Your first stop on your way to Guatemala should be a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, to ensure that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Guatemala.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Guatemala

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Guatemala

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a Risk of Malaria in some parts of Guatemala including Escuintla and Izabel and a lower risk in Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chiquimula, Peten, Suchitepequez and Zacapa. There is little to no risk in the Antigua City, Guatemala City and Lake Attilan.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Nicolas Charlet
17 March 2023

Incredible service – so helpful
Excellent service! Chazile went above and beyond to prepare me for my travels to south east Asia. Very kind, sharp and added helpful bits of information that will be useful during my travels. Even created a vaccine booklet for me that I asked for to keep track of my vaccines for the future. Highly recommended The London Vaccination Clinic. Thanks again Chazile 🙂 Nick

Ines Lopes
11 March 2023

Travel vacines

Attended a consultation for travel vacines, the nurse explained everything with care, provided good advice. We then add a follow up consultation with a different nurse for the vaccines and was also very kind and professional. Was very impressed, we did not feel pressured to have more vacines then reasonable and both nurses gave pricing information upfront.

Sophie Harris
13 March 2023

Very positive experience

Really easy to book and the nurse who I saw in Liverpool Street was really kind and helpful. She went through my vaccination history, what I needed for my trip and explained everything I needed to know ahead of administrating the vaccine I needed.
I am glad I arrived early as the venue was tricky to find as the name of the building has changed so doesn’t match Google maps. Put me in a slight panic as I thought I was going to miss my appointment but I found it in the end!

21 March 2023

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08 March 2023

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At the London Vaccination Clinic, we are proud to introduce our team of expert nurses who are dedicated to providing excellent customer care and over delivering for our customers. Our nurses possess a high level of skill and expertise, ensuring that every individual receives the best possible preparation and protection for their travel needs, regardless of their destination or personal circumstances.

We prioritize the development of our nurses and take pride in their continuous growth. All our nurses are registered with the UK regulatory body, ensuring their professionalism and adherence to the highest standards of care. To further enhance their knowledge and skills, our nurses receive regular training from our medical and clinical directors, who provide them with the latest updates and advancements in the field.

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At the London Vaccination Clinic, we understand the importance of your health and well-being while traveling. Our team of skilled nurses is here to ensure that you are well-prepared and protected, allowing you to embark on your journey with confidence and peace of mind.

We operate under the rigorous standards set by the CQC and are committed to delivering top-notch care to our patients at every one of our UK clinics.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Guatemala

The climate varies, but overall, Guatemala is tropical, and in coastal regions, both Pacific and Caribbean, expect hot and humid conditions. Use sun block and apply it liberally. Remember that the sun can burn you even when it doesn’t feel that hot. Make a habit of carrying bottled water with you wherever you go.

Don’t risk getting sick during your visit to Guatemala. Drink mineral water, or bottled water which is sold everywhere. Avoid ice cubes unless you know they are made with purified water.

Guatemalan food can be a voyage of discovery all on its own. Many dishes are influenced by Guatemala’s Mayan and Spanish heritage, and by Mexico, her northern neighbour, while some popular lnternational foods such as Chinese have found their way onto the menu. Favourites like tamales and enchiladas as well as chiles rellenos, stuffed chile peppers, are all delicious reminders of the Mexican influence here, but for a true taste of Guatemalan cuisine, try chicken pepia, with spicy pumpkin and sesame sauce, or a traditional Mayan turkey soup called kak’ik, with coriander and chile peppers. The fresh lemonade with soda is a must, and if you enjoy a cold beer, why not sample the national beer, Gallo? Remember to avoid eating from open buffets. Uncooked vegetables, salads and fruits that you cannot peel should not be eaten.

If you need health care in Guatemala, it is always best to use a private clinic. In Guatemala city the standard of care is good, but risky and sparse as you travel further from the capital, so it’s always best to check with your hotel first. Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.

Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.

There can be some dangerous areas in remote regions, and you should exercise caution by travelling in groups of six or more. Petty theft is common in just about any tourist area, but more so in the capital. Be cautious, and leave your valuables at home before your trip. Keep your cash and travellers’ cheques secure, and don’t bring more money than you need on tour. Lock ATM doors after entering. Don’t wear flashy jewellery, or carry anything with you on tour that you don’t want to risk, such as your passport.