Guatemala

Capital Guatemala City

Population 16,176,133

Area 108,889 km2

Key facts

Guatemala is a country located in Central America. There are 4 countries (Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico) that Guatemala shares its borders with. The official language of Guatemala is Spanish. Traveling across Guatemala if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Guatemala was ranked 61st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Guatemala is Guatemalan quetzal (GTQ). The quetzales (Q) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 7.75 GTQ and 1 USD is worth 7.89 GTQ.

Guatemalan
Banknotes

50Q1Q5Q10Q20Q50Q100Q200

Guatemalan
Coins

15102550Q1

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Guatemala is 34.23 Mbps and mobile is 52.43 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Guatemala has less ATMs.36.09 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Guatemala, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Guatemala. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Guatemala will celebrate 13 national public holidays. The next one Revolution Day will take place on October 20.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNew Year's Day
April 14, 2022Moving holidayMaundy ThursdayMaundy Thursday
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayGood Friday
April 16, 2022Moving holidayHoly SaturdayHoly Saturday
April 17, 2022Moving holidayEaster SundayEaster Sunday
May 1, 2022International Workers' DayInternational Workers' Day
June 30, 2022Army DayArmy Day
September 15, 2022Independence DayIndependence Day
October 20, 2022Revolution DayRevolution Day
November 1, 2022All Saints' DayAll Saints' Day
December 24, 2022Christmas EveChristmas Eve
December 25, 2022Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 31, 2022New Year's EveNew Year's Eve

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Guatemala?

There are no Mariott hotels in Guatemala.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Guatemala.

There are Radisson hotels in Guatemala City.

There are no Accor hotels in Guatemala.

What fast food chains are present in Guatemala?

Fiambre, Pepian (hearty meat stew) are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Guatemala. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Guatemala below.

The McDonald's chain operates in Guatemala.

The KFC chain operates in Guatemala.

The Burger King chain operates in Guatemala.

The Subway chain operates in Guatemala.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Guatemala.

The Starbucks chain operates in Guatemala.

Weather

Today the sun in Guatemala City, rises at 5:51 AM and sets at 5:49 PM. The climate of Guatemala City may be categorized as a , according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5OvercastLow: 14.5°C (58.1°F)High: 24.1°C (75.38°F)
ThursdayOct 6OvercastLow: 15.8°C (60.44°F)High: 23.5°C (74.3°F)
FridayOct 7OvercastLow: 16.2°C (61.16°F)High: 24.1°C (75.38°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 17.4°C (63.32°F)High: 22.8°C (73.04°F)
SundayOct 9Rain showersLow: 17.8°C (64.04°F)High: 21.9°C (71.42°F)
MondayOct 10Rain showersLow: 16.3°C (61.34°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)

Weather data for Guatemala City (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. Bolt is not available in Guatemala.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Guatemala.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 1.9, Guatemala is placed 128th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Guatemala traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  165.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 22.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Guatemala

110 Police
128 Ambulance
128 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Guatemala?

Currently, citizens of 87 countries can enter Guatemala without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Guatemala.

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