Guatemala Travel Health Advice
There are a number of health risks associated with travel to
Guatemala and travellers are advised to take the latest medical
advice at least three weeks prior to departure. Malaria is
prevalent in the low-lying areas outside Guatemala City and dengue
fever is endemic, so strict insect-bite protection measures must be
taken. A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers
entering the country from infected areas. Hepatitis A and B, and
typhoid vaccinations are recommended, as well as an MMR (Measles,
mumps and rubella) update.
Visitors should be careful what they eat and stick to bottled water, or boil all water before drinking if bottled water is unavailable. Guatemalan hospitals are unlikely to give medical treatment unless the patient has medical insurance or can pay up front. Good travel insurance is therefore essential. State-funded hospitals are best avoided and travellers should only use private clinics where possible. All medication should be accompanied with a signed and dated letter from a doctor explaining what the medication is and why it is needed.
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