Medical & Travel Information

Required Vaccinations:

No vaccinations are required to visit Guatemala; however the CDC recommends that you be up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. More vaccinations are recommended for medical workers and for consumption of food and beverages from street vendors or in remote villages.

Please visit the CDC website for up to date information and page down to the section labeled Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Please consult with a physician before getting any vaccinations!


Travelers Insurance: Our Team Coordinator will be purchasing your Traveler’s Insurance from Adams & Associates International which will include:

  • Medical Reimbursement
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • Permanent Total Disability
  • Personal Property
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Repatriation of Mortal Remains
  • Travel and Medical Assistant Services

Packing Ministry Item Tips: When packing trunk related items:

  • Take “new” electronics out of the box, you do not want the item to look new.
  • Label all electronics “For Personal Use”
  • Pack less “desirable” items on the top of each trunk.
  • If bringing BULK medical supplies; label them and register them at Guatemala Airport and inform the missionary.

Medications: The airlines will allow all prescription medications in your carry-on. If your medication is in liquid form, a doctor’s note or prescription is required.

Purchasing Airline Tickets: When purchasing your airline ticket, make sure you consider the following:

  • The name on the airline ticket must match entirely with the name on your passport.
  • Please try to schedule your arrival time in Guatemala to be no later than 4:00P.
  • Some airlines only have one flight into Guatemala City, leaving you no choice.
  • If your airline has more than one arrival into Guatemala City, please choose the earliest time.
  • Keep in mind, that there is a 4-5 hour drive from Guatemala City to your final destination.
  • Please allow for at least a 2 hour lay-over between connection flights when scheduling your return flight. This will allow plenty of time to go thru U.S. Customs.

Airline Safety: Tips while at the Guatemala City airport:

  • Stay with your team
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Don’t flash money
  • Don’t bring attention to yourself
  • Going thru customs, to make things go faster, females go thru a male attended line and males go thru a female attended line.
  • ATM: There is an ATM at the airport and this is a great opportunity for you to withdraw money in order to have Quetzales on hand. You can check the exchange rate here.

Border Crossing: A valid passport is required in order to enter into the Country of Guatemala. If you currently have a passport you can renew by mail. All passport information is located at the US Department of State’s Passport Home Page.

Departure Tax: A $3.00 (cash) tax will be required from each member at the Guatemala airport upon departure of the Country.The airline will require you to fill out official customs forms before entering into each country. Please refer to theUS Customs and Border Protection’s Home Page for more information on how to complete the required forms.

US Airline Requirements: As of 9/11 all airlines have enforced strict guidelines when traveling to and from other countries. You MUST visit the airlines website to familiarize yourself with the latest restrictions.