All participants will need a valid passport to travel. The passport must be valid through the end of DECEMBER 2014. Go to the US Department of State website for directives to obtain a first time passport and/or renew an existing but expired passport. If you do not already have a valid passport, apply for one as soon as your participation in Guatemala 2013 is confirmed. Please check the website above to see an estimation of passport application processing time. Additionally, if your passport expires within 6 months of the travel dates, passport renewal is mandatory to ensure re-entry to the United States.
All trip participants, students and practitioners alike, are required to carry health insurance by Xavier’s approved provider. Xavier’s approved provider is CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International). Cost of this insurance is included in the trip costs. Each participant will be issued an insurance card verifying coverage during the trip dates.
Immunizations are not required but recommended especially considering the nature of the work in which participants will engage. It is possible that Guatemala 2014 participants will come in contact with bodily fluids including fecal matter; therefore, immunizations for Hepatitis A & B as well as Tetanus are recommended. For students, you are already required to have such immunizations (excepting Hepatitis A) to continue in your HOCS sequence. For clinicians, most are already required to have such immunizations by your place of employment. Go to the Center for Disease control and Prevention for the document entitled Health Information for Travelers to Guatemala for additional information.
- Current Travel Warnings can be found on the US Department of State website at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html. Guatemala is currently NOT on this list and it is anticipated it will remain off the list in the near foreseeable future.
- In general, the US Department of State is an important resource when traveling abroad. For example, go to http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html to see the document entitled Tips for Traveling Aboard.While on the website, look around to see what else you might learn. FYI, before leaving, it is recommended all Guatemala 2013 participants register with the US Embassy as directed.