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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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