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With the exception of Guatemala City, good-quality medical coverage is spotty to non-existent. Throughout the country, all hospitals require demonstration of ability to pay prior to admission. Conventional U.S. health insurance policies do not cover overseas travel.

For Antigua, 24-hour primary care for common illnesses is available at Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro Ave. La Recolección No. 4. Tel: 502-7832-1190.

World-class medical treatment is available in Guatemala City.

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala (URL:, Tel: 502-2326-4000) maintains a list of English-speaking physicians and other medical advice. All doctors listed work in the capital. The list is not a U.S. Government endorsement of any practitioners.

Recommendations prior to travel:

• Update your immunization schedule. No unusual vaccines are currently required for Guatemala.

• Consult your physician on appropriate preventive measures for malaria and dengue fever, both endemic to the region.

• Stock up on any prescription medications you currently take. Just in case, have your physician make you a list of the generic names of your meds should you need to restock while traveling.

• Buy a specialized medical and medevac insurance policy that covers overseas travelers for travel dates. They vary between $5–$15/day traveling depending on the scope of coverage.

Unlike the U.S., pharmacies will dispense all but Class A narcotics without a prescription. However, don’t count on rural pharmacies to have what you need.


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By Peter Aras
I am a physician by education. I have lived in 5 countries in Latin America. I currently travel around Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador once or...
11 Nov 2009

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