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Coronavirus: a message to our customers
If you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you, based on current Foreign Office advice.
 
If you are ready to start planning you next holiday, our 'Book with Confidence' pledge has been created to give you peace of mind. For new bookings made before 31 March 2021, we will not charge if you need to move your holiday dates or change to a new destination due to Covid-19, up to 60 days prior to travel. You can move your holiday to any time up to 31 December 2022.* If you are unsure of your future travel plans when you need to make this change, we will provide you with a 100% credit, valid for travel through to 31 December 2022.
 
* Terms and conditions
We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect any seasonal differences. Sometimes non-refundable deposits are required by local suppliers, which would be specified prior to booking. If you are unable to travel, we would secure a credit note for future travel from these suppliers, but you would not get a cash refund for these items. Flights that have already been issues will be subject to the rules of your airline & therefore may not be refundable or changeable. All other terms and conditions remain as standard.
 
If you are looking to travel closer to home, our sister company Auriel Holidays – offers a wide range of tailor made holidays in the UK & Europe.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director
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Travel guide to Guatemala

Passports
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date and have two blank facing pages. If you do not have these, you may be denied boarding at your departure airport. Soiled, damaged or defaced passports will not be accepted.
Visas
UK, European and American passport holders do not require a visa for holidays < 90 days.
Health
There are no compulsory health requirements. Malaria tablets are not usually recommended, but consult your doctor. There is no yellow fever in Guatemala, but if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (eg Brazil), a valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory & must be presented at the airport to gain entry. Airport transits of < 12-hours are exempt. The vaccination must be done at least 10 days before travel. If you are over 60 years of age and your doctor advises against a yellow fever vaccination, you must carry a letter from your doctor that states this. As dengue fever is present a good insect repellent and anti-histamine are advised. The mosquito that spreads dengue bites during the day and is more common in urban areas. You should be up to date with your primary courses and boosters. Always check with your doctor at least 8 weeks before travel for any other inoculations recommended (eg Hepatitis A+B, Cholera, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Polio, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies and TB.
Currency
Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ) - but as USD dollars are accepted at luxury hotels that cater for tourists, it is not necessary to travel with local currency unless you are planning an extended stay in one of the cities. Remember to take small denominations, as it may be difficult to get change. These are also useful for tipping. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash when travelling in the countryside as some places may not accept them.
Language
Spanish
Time Zone
GMT - 6 hours
Travel Tips
To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart. 
 
Pack in two small bags (per person) – if you are taking any local flights, pack in two small bags, as large bags are not allowed on these flights. 
 
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your carry on bag (which must fit on your lap if taking local flights) in case your checked bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights. 
 
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen. 
 
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security, as any device that does not switch on cannot be check and may need to be surrendered. 
 
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and if you plan to use travel apps such as Google Translate (which is invaluable when travelling in Latin America) or Google Maps, ensure you check your data package with your provider in advance. Alternatively turn off date roaming to avoid large phone bills. Be aware that some rural areas may not have mobile or WiFi coverage. 
 
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. 
 
Clothing – pack lightweight clothing that will dry quickly, with long sleeved shirts and long trousers ideal to protect against mosquitos in the rainforests (safari clothing is perfect for this). Take good walking shoes, a day pack, sunglasses, sunhat and bio-degradable sunscreen. A rain jacket & umbrella are needed all year round in the rainforests, plus lightweight waterproof trousers in the wet season. Also pack a light jacket, as it can get cold at high altitude and T-shirts, shorts, swimming costume & flip flops. Eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses, and sanitising hand cleaner. Take a generous supply of insect repellent to spray on your neck, wrists and ankles and avoid using perfume in the rainforests, as this attracts mosquitos. 
 
Medicines - if you travel with prescription drugs, carry an adequate supply in their original bottles/packaging & keep them in your hand luggage, as if lost they may be difficult to replace. 
 
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography) and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). We suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share. 
 
Plugs – type A and B (2 flat blades, as used in the USA). Pack a universal adapter as well as a hand basin plug/stopper, as these are not always provided. 
 
Books – pack a good travel guide and a Spanish phrase book. Knowing a few simple greetings will go down well. Also pack a generous supply of English reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights, as these will be hard to come by. 
 
Water – always drink bottled water. 
 
Food – Guatemalan food is based on Spanish and Mayan cuisine and features a lot of corn, beans & chillis. Some food is commonly eaten on certain days of the week e.g. 'paches' (made from potatoes & filled with meat, cheese or vegetables) are usually eaten on a Thursday. Certain dishes are associated with special festivals, such as 'fambres' (an all-encompassing salad) served on the Day of the Dead/All Saints Day. 
 
Taxis – use only radio or hotel taxis. These are best booked through your hotel. 
 
Self-Drive – driving is on the right, but we do not recommend self driving in Guatemala. 
 
Safety – take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash, passport and a spare credit card in your hotel safe. 
 
Indemnities - please be aware it is likely you will be required to sign indemnities for any potentially hazardous activities. 
 
Pack for a Purpose - if you have a little space in your suitcase, local schools & communities always appreciate gifts of pens & pencils, stationery, deflated footballs etc. Specific requests from communities can be seen on the 'Pack for a Purpose' website. 
 
Tipping – this is not compulsory, but if you want to tip because you have received good service, we suggest the following per couple: 
- guides/drivers: $7/$3 = $10 per day (can be reduced for longer stays). 
- boatmen: $2 per transfer. 
- waiters: 10% (if not already included in your bill). 
- porters: $1 per bag. 
It is not necessary to tip drivers doing short transfers (eg to the airport). 
 
Your Safety - consult the UK Foreign Office website for the latest travel advice www.fco.gov.uk.