Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 31, 2018 Location: Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango  Event:  Due to ongoing migrant caravans transiting through Guatemala the U.S. Embassy has reduced all official and personal travel to Tecun Uman and Huehuetenango.  The Embassy is monitoring ongoing caravans through Guatemala, and remains concerned about increased risk of travel blockages, political instability, and criminal activity.  Additionally, ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

October 12, 2018 Location: Huehuetenango  Event:  There are reports of ongoing violence in Ixquisis, San Mateo Ixtatan, Huehuetenango Department.   As a precaution, officially approved travel is required for Embassy personnel to travel to the Huehuetenango Department.  Embassy operations are normal. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 1, 2018) Location: San Marcos Event: Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in San Marcos on October 16 and 17.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for ...
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U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

September 14, 2018 Location: Coban, Alta Verapaz Event: Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for the American Community residing or traveling in Coban.  Embassy staff and consular officers will provide information of interest and will also be available to answer inquiries regarding American Citizen services provided in Guatemala.  Although ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 11, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  Large-scale demonstrations of tens of thousands of participants are expected on September 12, 2018, in Guatemala City.  Demonstrators plan to meet at several locations within the city and march towards Congress in zone 1.  The reported gathering locations include the Obelisco in zone 10, Trébol in zone 11, Metro Norte in ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 6, 2018) Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are unconfirmed reports of large-scale demonstrations and roadblocks to begin in and around Guatemala City over the coming days.  There are confirmed reports that as many as 1000 public medical providers and others plan to march from ...
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Security Alert – U.S Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – August 31, 2018

Location: Guatemala City Event: Protests are scheduled to occur today at Constitutional Plaza, CICIG, and possibly Parque Central in Antigua, following President Jimmy Morales’ announcement that the government of Guatemala will not renew the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).  U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced.  Actions to take: ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala, August 22, 2018 Location: Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Guatemala City  Event:The government of Guatemala recently reopened highway RN-14 that has been closed since Volcano Fuego erupted.  RN-14 connects Antigua to Escuintla. However, the U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling on RN-14 due to the poor state of the road and threats of additional lahars ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

Location: Guatemala City Event: There is potential for an uptick in gang violence throughout the month of August.  As a preventative measure, the police have increased random checkpoints, traffic stops and vehicle searches throughout Guatemala City.  August 15 is the anniversary of a 2005 gang war between Barrio 18 and MS-13, and gang members could ...
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Security Alert – Road closures and off limit areas – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 11, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Escuintla, Huehuetenango  Event: CA-2 between the city of Escuintla and Cocales (Km.113) is now open for travel for Embassy personnel.  The road had been off limits due to concerns about rivers and bridges along the route. The following routes remain closed: RN – 14 (Between Escuintla and Antigua Guatemala) is permanently closed by ...
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U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (July 9, 10 and 11, 2018)

Location: INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) building – 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zone 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits representative Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit (Costa Rica) will offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefit services, on July 9, ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: As of June 12 at 7:35 a.m. Fuego Volcano continues to emit currents of hot gas and volcanic matter towards the Chimaltenango area based on direction of the winds. Guatemalan authorities discourage visiting closed areas.  Avalanches have produced ash columns, which may result in ash fall in affected areas over ...
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Traffic and Demonstrations Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 12, 2018)

Location: Guatemala City  Event: The Comite de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) announced today that marches will occur throughout Guatemala City starting tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.  CODECA identified the areas around the Obelisco in Zone 10, Metro Norte in Zone 17, El Trebol in Zone 11, and Perrirosevelt in Zone 7 as possible areas of heavy traffic ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 5, 2018)

Location: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla  Event: On Tuesday, June 5, Fuego Volcano erupted again at approximately 2:10 p.m. local time. The new eruption dispersed hot gas and volcanic matter into the air in the direction of west and northwest, but the direction could change in accordance with prevailing winds. The Guatemalan governmental agency for natural disasters ...
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Natural Disaster Alert Update – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 4, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (June 3, 2018)

Location: Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport) Event: On Sunday, June 3, Fuego Volcano erupted for the second time in 2018, with the strongest registered eruption in the past several years. The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of the city. The ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Quetzaltenango, May 29-30, 2018

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Quetzaltenango on May 29 and 30.  Please schedule an appointment if you wish to submit an application for a passport renewal.  You may schedule appointments by calling the American Citizen Services unit at 2326-4942. Passport renewals are the only ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

May 14, 2018 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  Continued heavy rainfall is affecting road conditions and could lead to landslides and flooding throughout Guatemala.  According to the Government of Guatemala, these conditions signal the beginning of the rainy season. Actions to Take: Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe. Check ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Antigua – April 19-20, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: To further assist U.S. citizens in Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting and will accept passport renewal applications in Antigua on April 19 and 20.  These dates replace the previously announced visit dates of April 12 and 13. Please schedule an appointment if you wish to take ...
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Event: Semana Santa in Guatemala

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala March 23, 2018 Location: Guatemala, countrywide Event: As we approach Semana Santa (March 26–April 1) the U.S. Embassy would like to remind citizens to be vigilant at celebrations throughout Guatemala. Please take note of the potential for increased criminal activity. Armed robbery and petty theft are a ...
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Passport services and Town Hall Meeting in Livingston – March 7-8, 2018

March 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens in Livingston, with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga, on March 7th. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of interest to U.S. Citizens in Guatemala and will be available to answer your ...
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Red Alert in Izabal

February 1, 2018 Location: Izabal, Guatemala On Tuesday, January 30th, CONRED (Stands for Coordinadora Departamental para la Reducción de Desastres) from Izabal, declared a Regional Red Alert due to heavy rains in that region.  Based on this, the Guatemala Regional Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate assistance to affected persons. The Izabal area ...
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Orange Alert – Fire Volcano (Volcán de Fuego)

February 1, 2018  Location: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemalan authorities issued an orange alert Thursday over an erupting volcano located a short distance from its capital.  According to authorities, increased activity in the Volcan de Fuego (“Fire Volcano”) overnight Wednesday resulted in a saw ash tower 1.7 kilometers (one mile) into the sky and lava flow ...
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Traffic Advisory

February 1, 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala has received a report that on Saturday, February 3rd starting from 7:00 a.m., approximately 40,000 motorcyclists, collectively known as Caravana del Zorro, will be departing from Zone 1 towards Esquipulas.  They will be traveling northbound on CA-9 towards Rio Hondo, Zacapa (Km 136).  From there, they will ...
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Visit of the U.S. Social Security Administration

December 11 and 12, 2017 Representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Guatemala to provide social security services on December 11 and 12, 2017. Beneficiaries are reminded that they must complete their annual or bi-annual report to the Social Security Administration and may drop off reports during the visit.  Services Location: Instituto Guatemalteco ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

November 17-18, 2017 The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will ...
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Town Hall Meeting and Passport Renewal Services in Quetzaltenango

The U.S. Embassy will hold a Town Hall meeting for U.S. citizens with U.S. Ambassador Luis Arreaga. The event will take place at 2 pm, November 18, at Tertulianos restaurant, 14 Avenida 5-26, Zona 3, Villa Lesbia, Quetzaltenango. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Arreaga and representatives of the Consular Section will present information of ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

The Comité de Desarrollo Campesino (CODECA) has announced roadblocks and demonstrations nationwide for November 7th and 8th.  The following locations were shared through the media by event organizers. No. Km. Road Location 1 265 CA-1 Xinajoj, Huehuetenango 2 179 CA-1 Cuatro caminos, Totonicapan 3 156 CA-1 Nahualá, Sololá 4 117 CA-1 Las Trampas, Quiché 5 ...
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Notice Regarding Continued Inclement Weather

October 6, 2017 The Coordinadora Nacional para la Reduccion de Desastres (CONRED) and the Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH) have issued special cautions regarding ongoing inclement weather throughout Guatemala. These notices highlight the potential for landslides, flash floods, and sudden damage to highways and roads throughout the country. The U.S. Embassy ...
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Notice Regarding Social Security Services

September 29, 2017 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Guatemala who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact ...
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Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala Message for US Citizens Planned Demonstrations in Guatemala City September 19, 2017 There are reports of multiple planned demonstrations in Guatemala City on September 20th, 2017.  Demonstrators will reportedly gather at key intersections and landmarks in Guatemala City and move to the area of the Guatemalan Congress and central plaza ...
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National Day Celebrations and Protests September 15-17

September 14, 2017 Annual Independence Day celebrations will be taking place all weekend in Guatemala.  The annual “torch” run and Independence Day parades will have a significant impact on traffic throughout Guatemala City.   Also in Guatemala City, there are reports of demonstrations in the area of the Congress and the Supreme Court.  U.S. citizens are ...
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Large Scale Police Operations

September 11, 2017 The Guatemala media reports that large scale operations are currently underway in Guatemala focusing on arrests of local gangs.  Crime in Guatemala is a serious concern and retaliation against the Guatemalan police by transnational gangs remains a possibility.  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant, review personal security plans, and remain aware of your ...
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Temporary Changes to ACS Services

Due to necessary renovation and outreach trips to different cities around Guatemala, routine ACS services will be unavailable from April 24-28. We will still deliver passports in our regular schedule and attend to emergency cases. If you have an emergency please contact us (502)2326-4000 and the operator will address your phone call, accordingly. Pending cases: ...
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Reminder – Upcoming Town Halls, Passport Renewal and Notarial Services

The following message (PDF – 56Kb) is a friendly reminder for U.S. citizens regarding upcoming events at several locations throughout Guatemala. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( amcitsguatemala@state.gov ...
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Upcoming Town Halls, Passport Renewal and Notarial Services

The following message (PDF – 57Kb) provides information for U.S. citizens regarding upcoming events at several locations throughout Guatemala. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( amcitsguatemala@state.gov ), fax ...
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Documents – Mailing Service

You no longer have to come back to the U.S. Embassy to pick up your new passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad! In order to serve you better, the American Citizens Services Unit has introduced a delivery service for receiving your new documents (Passports, CRBAs, Social Security Cards, Passport Cards) after you complete your ...
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Antigua Events on Thursday, March 30

The following message (PDF – 71Kb)  provides information for U.S. citizens regarding the upcoming events in Antigua. Please share the following information with other U.S. citizens to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail (amcitsguatemala@state.gov), fax (2331-3804), or telephone ...
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Embassy Lifts Restrictions on Mission Employees

The U.S. Embassy has determined that there are no Government of Guatemala facilities that are currently off limits to U.S. mission employees. Embassy employees still require approval to visit prisons and courts. This updates our Security Message of February 24, 2017. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel ...
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Demonstrations Scheduled for Tuesday, March 7

The Embassy will suspend regular consular operations on the morning of March 7, 2017 until at least 10:00 a.m. due to heavy traffic caused by expected demonstrations. U.S. citizens who require emergency services should call 2326-4000. Demonstrations are expected to start at 07:00 at the following locations: El Obelisco – Avenida La Reforma Calzada Aguilar ...
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Possible Threat of Increased Gang Violence

The U.S. Embassy notes that multiple Guatemalan media sources are reporting a possible threat of increased gang violence against several Government of Guatemala institutions. Embassy employees have been instructed that the following locations are off limits to all Mission Personnel until further notice: -National Police (PNC) Headquarters -Torre de Tribunales -Court facilities in Villa Nueva ...
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Voting Information

The following message provides information for U.S. Citizens regarding Voting information. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know so that this message is disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail (amcitsguatemala@state.gov), fax (2331-3804), or telephone (2326-4000) if you ...
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Details of Town Hall Meeting in Guatemala City on Thursday, February 2

The following message (PDF – 41Kb) provides information for U.S. citizens regarding the upcoming Town Hall Meeting for Guatemala City. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know to ensure maximum participation. We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community. Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via ...
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Postponement of Town Hall Meeting in Guatemala City on Thursday, February 2

The Town Hall Meeting planned for U.S. citizens in Guatemala City on February 2 has been postponed. We will contact the U.S. citizen community as soon as it is rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience and continue to be available for all routine and emergency services. For further information: See the Department of State’s travel ...
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