Filter for Guatemala Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

Date | Description Link
2020-07-12 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Supermarkets, grocers, other markets, and other essential businesses are permitted to operate from 06:00 to 16:00
Link
2020-07-12 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Most public and private sectors are suspended and shopping centers remain closed
Link
2020-07-12 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
all schools and academic activities are suspended until further notice.
Link
2020-07-12 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
A weekend curfew will continue throughout July; the curfew will run from 14:00 on Saturdays to 05:00 on Mondays. During curfew hours, individuals are required to stay at home or in their accommodation, and those who violate this will be subject to a fine or imprisonment. Essential personnel, including police, private security, medical professionals, and food-delivery drivers, will be exempt.
Link
2020-07-12 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Nationwide travel restrictions remain in place. Vehicle restrictions are in place with individuals allowed to utilize personal vehicles on certain days dependent on license plate numbers. Two-wheeled vehicles are exempt from theses restrictions.
Link
2020-07-12 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The suspension of inter-departmental travel has been lifted, though authorities continue to advise against traveling between the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Suchitepequez, Quetzaltenango, Izabal, El Progreso, Zacapa, and Santa Rosa.
Link
2020-07-12 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All land, sea, and air borders remain closed and entry to most non-Guatemalan nationals remains barred
Link
2020-07-12 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public religious gatherings and celebrations are prohibited
Link
2020-07-01 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Guatemala limits deportations from the U.S. as coronavirus cases surge in both countries
Link
2020-06-28 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
the current nationwide curfew will be extended through July 12. All movement will continue to be restricted nightly between 18:00 and 05:00 (local time) on Monday to Saturday; essential personnel, including police, private security, medical professionals, and food-delivery drivers, will be exempt
Link
2020-06-28 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
A complete lockdown will be imposed on Sundays.
Link
2020-06-28 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Individuals are still required to comply with social distancing rules, requiring people to stay at least 1.5 m (5 ft) apart and utilize face masks in all public spaces; breaking these regulations may result in heavy fines.
Link
2020-06-28 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
all international and domestic flights will remain suspended indefinitely, with the exception of certain humanitarian, medical, or official flights, which need prior authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Link
2020-06-28 In Socio-economic measures: Humanitarian exemptions
all international and domestic flights will remain suspended indefinitely, with the exception of certain humanitarian, medical, or official flights, which need prior authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Link
2020-06-21 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
a 24-hour curfew has been instituted for Sunday, June 21, and Sunday, June 28. All persons are required to stay in their residences from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22; and from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29.
Link
2020-06-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
UAE- OFID approves US$10 million COVID-19-related loan to Guatemala
Link
2020-06-19 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Guatemala replaces health minister and his three deputies: presidency
Link
2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All travel to and from the departments of Guatemala, El Progreso, Sacatepequez, and San Marcos is prohibited.
Link
2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Guatemala’s NATIONAL mandatory curfew will remain in place from 6pm June 15, to 5am, June 29. The curfew runs from 6pm each evening through 5am the following day.
Link
2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The Guatemalan government is currently barring entry to most non-Guatemalans (with specific exceptions for accredited diplomatic personnel, health and security personnel, and exceptional cases as designated by the Guatemalan government) by its land, sea, and air borders.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
Visits to individuals in hospitals or prisons are prohibited
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Academic activities at all levels are suspended until further notice.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public religious gatherings and celebrations of any size are prohibited.
Link
2020-06-15 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Supermarkets, grocers, other markets, and essential businesses are permitted to operate from 5:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Shopping malls and large commercial centers will remain closed.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public transportation within Guatemala is suspended.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public and private sector labor is suspended, with the exceptions for certain essential government and health personnel, and for specific industries and utilities whose activities are essential to Guatemala’s security, food production, sanitation or infrastructure.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The sale and purchase of alcohol is permitted only during limited hours. Consumption of alcohol in public areas is prohibited.
Link
2020-06-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All beaches, lakes, rivers, and other tourist sites in Guatemala remain closed.
Link
2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
All individuals must wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in fines of up to 150,000 quetzales.
Link
2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
from 5am June 15 to 5am June 29: circulation dates for vehicles based on the last number of the registration plate. Motorcycles are exempt from these restrictions.
Link
2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All private vehicular mobility will be restricted on Sunday, June 21, and Sunday, June 28.
Link
2020-06-10 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
IMF Executive Board Approves US$594 Million in Emergency Assistance to Guatemala to Help Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
Link
2020-06-10 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The United States this week resumed flying Guatemalan deportees to their homeland after a hiatus of several weeks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Guatemala’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
Link
2020-05-22 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
The President announced that persons in Guatemala will be required to remain in their residences from Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. to Monday, May 25th at 5:00 a.m. During the period of closure, all non-essential travel and public activities are prohibited. This restriction does not apply to the distribution and delivery of food and medicine, to security-related activities or emergency medical treatment, or to certain legal and media personnel in pursuit of their duties.
Link
2020-05-18 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Mandatory Use of Masks in Public: all individuals must wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in fines of up to 150,000 quetzales.
Link
2020-05-18 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Extended Curfew Hours from May 18th through May 21st
Link
2020-05-18 Out Socio-economic measures: Humanitarian exemptions
Transportation of humanitarian goods will be permitted from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Link
2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Revised Business Operating Hours
Link
2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
At-home food delivery is permitted at all hours, without restriction.
Link
2020-05-18 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Shopping malls and large commercial centers are to remain closed for non-essential activities.
Link
2020-05-18 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The sale of alcohol is permitted from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consumption of alcohol in public areas is prohibited.
Link
2020-05-11 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Guatemala says more deportees from US positive for COVID-19
Link
2020-05-04 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
U.S. deportation flights to Guatemala resume with assurances of coronavirus testing
Link
2020-04-27 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
To May 3: All restrictions to movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus will remain in effect. The Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.
Link
2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Airport operations and routine commercial flights out of Guatemala have been suspended.
Link
2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The Guatemalan government is currently barring entry to most non-Guatemalans (with specific exceptions for accredited diplomatic personnel, health and security personnel, and exceptional cases as designated by the Guatemalan government) – by its land, sea, and air borders.
Link
2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
A mandatory curfew is in place, which now lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each day. Every individual in Guatemala - including U.S. citizens - is required to remain inside their domicile during curfew hours (with exceptions for health and security, restaurant delivery services, certain media and legal personnel in pursuit of their duties, and patients receiving urgent treatment for chronic conditions)
Link
2020-04-27 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All travel between or into the departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Guatemala and El Progreso is prohibited. Travel between other departments in Guatemala is permitted by taxi or private vehicle only, provided that it does not take place during daily curfew hours between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Link
2020-04-27 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
All individuals must wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in fines of up to 150,000 quetzales.
Link
2020-04-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The United States Government has committed $2.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Guatemala.
Link
2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
USAID is providing approximately $10,000 in supplies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in Patzún, which is currently under an official "cordón sanitario," and the neighboring villages of Mercedes and Mocolic Alto.
Link
2020-04-19 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All travel between or into the departments of Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Guatemala and El Progreso is prohibited. Travel between other departments in Guatemala is permitted by taxi or private vehicle only, provided that it does not take place during daily curfew hours between 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Link
2020-04-19 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
Easing of curfew hours: A mandatory curfew is in place, which now lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each day. Unless further extended by the Guatemalan government, these restrictions will remain in place until April 27.
Link
2020-04-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
U.S. Embassy Guatemala Resumes H-2 Visa Processing and Launches The New Interview Waiver Process for Seasonal Workers
Link
2020-04-13 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the requirement that all individuals wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Link
2020-04-13 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Guatemala’s government said Wednesday it will resume receiving deportation flights from the United States next week. It had suspended the flights during Holy Week after three deported Guatemalans later tested positive for COVID-19.Guatemala’s Foreign Affairs ministry also said the Central American country was preparing temporary reception centers for migrants deported by the U.S. on an air force base so they could be monitored in line with health protocols. The government had said Tuesday that in spite of its suspension of deportation flights, it had allowed a flight carrying 20 unaccompanied minors to land because it did not want them to be detained for an extended period in the U.S.
Link
2020-04-12 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public and private sector labor is suspended through Sunday, April 19th, with the exceptions for certain essential government and health personnel, and for specific industries and utilities whose activities are essential to Guatemala’s security, food production, sanitation or infrastructure.
Link
2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.
Link
2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.
Link
2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.
Link
2020-04-12 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala may further extend their duration at any time.
Link
2020-04-12 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Academic activities at all levels are suspended through April 30th.
Link
2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to remain in Guatemala in legal status until the travel restrictions are lifted, even if their 90-day authorization to remain in Guatemala has lapsed at that time.
Link
2020-04-05 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
During Holy Week, all beaches, lakes, rivers and other tourist sites in Guatemala are closed through Sunday, April 12th. All tourist travel to these areas is prohibited.
Link
2020-04-05 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
All travel between departments in Guatemala will be prohibited from tomorrow, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m.
Link
2020-04-03 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The President of the Republic decreed complementary provisions, restricting locomotion rights within the departmental constituency until April 12, 2020. In addition, locomotion is restricted for personal or recreational reasons; and, they prohibit visits to beaches, lakes, lagoons, rivers or the like
Link
2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Decree 12-2020 of the Congress of the Republic was published, which approves, the Emergency Law to Protect Guatemalans from the Effects Caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.
Link
2020-03-31 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Guatemala Asks U.S. to Halt Deportations of Guatemalans to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus. Guatemala fears deportations from the U.S. could be a major source of infection in the country
Link
2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Guatemala will use nearly $26 million from an emergency fund to help thousands of the country’s neediest families, as measures to combat the spread of coronavirus hit the economy and jobs, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Sunday. "For the most vulnerable in the country ... we have decided to withdraw 200 million quetzals ($25.8 million) from the emergency fund and we are going to give families aid of 1,000 quetzals ($129) to help pay for electricity, water and supplies," Giammattei said.
Link
2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Guatemala will use nearly $26 million from an emergency fund to help thousands of the country’s neediest families, as measures to combat the spread of coronavirus hit the economy and jobs, President Alejandro Giammattei said on Sunday.
Link
2020-03-29 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Under curfew extension - The curfew lasts from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. each day. Every individual in Guatemala - including U.S. citizens - is required to remain inside their domicile during curfew hours (with exceptions for health and security).
Link
2020-03-29 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
suspend the work and activities in the different State agencies, as well as in the private sector until April 12, 2020.
Link
2020-03-29 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
Under curfew extension - grocery and restaurant delivery services are no longer allowed to operate between 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Link
2020-03-28 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
On March 28, Guatemala extended their curfew through to April 12.
Link
2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
state of emergency was extended until May 5, 2020, by Government Decree 7-2020 dated March 25, 2020.
Link
2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
effective Sunday, March 22, a nationwide curfew will take effect. The curfew is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to be in effect until March 29. Everyone in Guatemala, including foreigners, is expected to remain in their homes during curfew hours. The only exceptions are for police, private security, medical professionals and ambulances, food delivery drivers, and certain other essential personnel. While food delivery service will continue during the curfew, grocery stores are expected to close before the curfew takes effect. The Guatemalan police and security forces will enforce the curfew.
Link
2020-03-22 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Guatemala Ministry of Health has the authority to move any individuals, including foreigners, into quarantine or isolation if deemed medically necessary.
Link
2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Deportations of Guatemalans resumed two days later on the 19th, after US officials agreed to put in place measures to guarantee the health of deportees. At least 642 Guatemalans have been deported since deportation flights were renewed on March 19, according to an Al Jazeera tally based on daily government figures.
Link
2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Access to Guatemala via land borders will only be authorized for Guatemalan citizens, residents, and diplomats and their family members accredited in Guatemala. All who enter via land borders will be quarantined and tracked by the Guatemalan Ministry of Health (MSPAS).
Link
2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Guatemala will temporarily stop receiving Hondurans and Salvadorans deported from the United States under the asylum cooperation agreement due to the coronavirus pandemic, Guatemala’s foreign ministry said. "As of today, all flights under [the Asylum Cooperation Agreement] are suspended," Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo said, referring to an agreement between Guatemala and the US.
Link
2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
All flights suspended from March 16-30, except for cargo
Link
2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
closure of all borders as of 16 March for 15 days
Link
2020-03-16 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
suspension of all flights to and from Guatemala as part of border closure starting 16 March for 15 days
Link
2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
officials announced all schools and universities would close for three weeks
Link
2020-03-14 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
All gatherings of more than 100 people were prohibited
Link
2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
People coming from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Chna, Iran, South Korea, North Korea in the 30 days before date of arrival.
Link
2020-03-12 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Diplomats and residents coming from those countries are put in 7 days home quarantine
Link
2020-03-12 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
People coming from Panama
Link
2020-03-05 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Government Decree Number 5-2020, on March 5, 2020, the President of the Republic of Guatemala, alongside his Cabinet, set for a 30-day period, the State of Calamity throughout the national territory as a result of the statement by the World Health Organization ("WHO") of the COVID-19 ("COVID-19") pandemic as a public health emergency of international importance.
Link