Additional State Department Charter Flights for U.S. Citizens Start on Saturday, March 28

March 26, 2020

Location: Guatemala

Event:   The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has coordinated six (6) additional charter flights — operated by American Airlines — from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) airport in the United States. The first two of these flights will commence on Saturday, March 28th. Two more flights will depart on Monday, March 30th, and two more will depart on Tuesday, March 31st. We also urge travelers to continue to check the availability of currently available commercial flight options and make their way to Guatemala City to ensure they do not miss their flight.

**PLEASE NOTE** The U.S. Embassy has revised the process to submit requests from U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents wishing to pursue U.S. government-coordinated flight options.  We have done this to streamline the process for manifesting passenger lists and to resolve some technical challenges that were slowing down our ability to inform passengers.

We kindly ask that you resubmit your information using the link below even if you contacted the Embassy previously to provide your information, and submit a separate form for each passenger.  We realize this is an inconvenience for those who have already submitted their data previously, but it is necessary so that we can best serve your needs.

Please submit your information via this link: https://bit.ly/2UzOwFH

Under U.S. law, passengers on a U.S. government-organized charter flight are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares. We currently estimate the cost of tickets to be $605 (subject to change).  You must sign a promissory note before boarding.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted.  You will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) beyond your initial destination in the United States.  Exact departure times and routing are subject to change, and we will do our best to inform you of any changes in a timely manner.

The U.S. Embassy will respond to you via email with requests for any additional information, as well as confirmed bookings. It is essential that you read your confirmed booking information carefully to ensure that all travelers are listed by name. Anyone who does not receive a booking confirmation with their name on it will not be allowed to board.

Available spaces for U.S. government-coordinated flights will be prioritized for U.S. citizens and their eligible family members (including those with identified health concerns), legal permanent residents of the United States, and then others as seats may become available.

**Please note the below**

 The U.S. Embassy urges any interested travelers *NOT* to arrive at La Aurora airport in Guatemala City until they have received an official communication from the U.S. Embassy with confirmed flight details and booking.  You will not be permitted to enter the airport to board a U.S government charter flight without confirmation from the U.S. Embassy of a seat on the flight.

 Since flights may occur on short notice and all flights will depart from La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, we urge eligible travelers who are currently outside of the Guatemala City metro area to immediately travel to Guatemala City. Your travel must comply with the curfew requirements set by the Government of Guatemala (you must remain inside between 4pm and 4am daily). Remember that public transportation is suspended, so you should explore private options such as shuttles or ride-share options to travel to Guatemala City.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight and should not come to the airport.

Actions to take:
Submit (or resubmit if necessary) the requested information in the link in the text above.

Visit our Embassy website, Twitter and Facebook accounts for definitive updates on flights and for information on conditions in Guatemala.

Review the State Department’s Global Level 4 Health Travel Advisory at www.travel.state.gov.

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.

Monitor local news for updates.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/
Tel. (502) 2326-4000
Amcitsguatemala@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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