Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information Health Alert – September 4, 2020 Last updated:  09/10/2020 Country-Specific Information: International travel to Guatemala remains closed to most individuals until September 18, but internal travel is largely unrestricted.  Markets, supermarkets, stores and restaurants may operate with social distancing measures in place, and religious services of no more than an hour are permitted.  Sports and entertainment facilities remain closed. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Health Alert

September 4, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has extended until October 5 the State of Calamity due to COVID-19.  Additionally, the government has announced that La Aurora International Airport will re-open to commercial passenger flights September 18, with health protocols in effect for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

September 2, 2020 Location:   Guatemala, country-wide. Event:  TROPICAL STORM NANA FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN: Tropical Storm Nana is expected to reach the coast of Honduras on September 2 and could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane tonight (Wednesday) prior to reaching Belize and Guatemala on September 3. The primary concern for Guatemala is extended, heavy rainfall, which increases …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Government of Guatemala Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Government of Guatemala Continues Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

August 10, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the below COVID-related restrictions are currently in effect. The Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens in Guatemala continue to restrict their activities and movements to the maximum extent possible, and to wear a mask and practice social distancing at …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

August 3, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala reminds U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government implemented a nation-wide tiered system of health alerts July 27, which provides updated information on levels of health risk by locality throughout Guatemala, in an effort to prepare for the country’s gradual re-opening. Nevertheless, the Embassy recommends that all …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The Guatemalan government has declared a state of siege in the municipalities of El Estor, Morales, and Livingston in the department of Izabal, and the municipalities of Panzos and Santa Catarina La Tinta in Alta Verapaz due to the presence of organized criminal groups engaged in narcotrafficking, human trafficking, transportation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Restrictions and Updates by Government of Guatemala in Response to COVID-19

July 14, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: On Sunday, July 12, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: New health alert system: Guatemala will launch a tiered system of health alerts on July 27, providing updated information on levels of health risk in the country based on …

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Reminder to U.S. Citizens Regarding COVID-19 Guidance

July 9, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala continues to facilitate repatriation flights to the United States during the period in which international air travel is suspended due to COVID-19.  At present, United Airlines has flights scheduled through July to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Steps to vote Overseas in the 2020 U.S. Elections

July 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: July 4th Voting Message Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

July 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:    On Sunday, June 28, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the departments of Guatemala, Escuintla, Sacatepequez, and Quetzaltenango.  Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility:  All personal vehicles with license plates that end in an odd number (for example P001AAA) can …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala

June 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received confirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 30, beginning at El Obelisco at 11:00 a.m., then progress to the Congress of Guatemala.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by …

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Update for U.S. Citizens: Suspension of routine Consular Services at Embassy starting June 22

June 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  As a COVID-19-related health and safety measure, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City will suspend all routine consular services for U.S. citizens, beginning on Monday, June 22, and continuing until further notice. While this suspension is in effect, the Embassy will provide passport services on an emergency basis only. U.S. citizens …

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Update for U.S. Citizens – Possible Demonstrations in Guatemala City on June 18

June 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The Embassy has received unconfirmed reports that a demonstration will take place in Guatemala City on June 18, beginning at El Obelisco at 10:00 a.m., then progressing to the National Palace.  According to the information received, the demonstration is being organized against certain COVID-related policies put in place by the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections

June 17, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: Update on Voting and Ballots for 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding New Travel Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala During COVID-19:

June 15, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  On Sunday, June 14, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced new travel restrictions that are in effect from 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15 to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, for the departments of Guatemala, El Progreso, Sacatepequez and San Marcos. Restrictions on Vehicular Mobility: All personal vehicles with the …

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Additional United Airlines Flights from Guatemala to the United States Announced

June 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform all U.S. citizens that in addition to its ongoing flights to the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH), United Airlines has opened additional June U.S.-bound flights with destinations of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).  The current …

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Health Alert: Increased Reports of Suspicious Activity Associated with Delivery Drivers

June 2, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala has received reports of suspicious behavior associated with food deliveries in Guatemala City.  With the increased movement restrictions and reduced operating hours of many businesses in Guatemala, people are increasingly taking advantage of the varied food delivery services in the capital.  The Embassy advises …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines offers flights to the United States in June

June 1, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:  The United States Embassy in Guatemala reminds all U.S. citizens that United Airlines has made flights available throughout June to assist passengers seeking travel to the United States.  These flights will be available to depart at 12:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the following dates: June 1-4; June 8-11; June …

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Message For U.S. Citizens: Tropical Depression Approaching the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

May 30, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event:  The Guatemala National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology, and Hydrology (INVISUMEH) issued a special bulletin today informing that a level 2-E tropical depression is approaching the Pacific coast of Guatemala at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour.  The tropical depression may reach the coast and interior of Guatemala over …

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Update for U.S. Citizens regarding COVID-19 ongoing Restrictions by the Government of Guatemala

May 18, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, May 17th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the following updates to ongoing restrictions to movement and activities implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please see below for the most current guidance: Requirement to Remain in Residence from May 22nd Evening to May 25th Morning The President …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flight on May 3rd.

April 28, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened a flight from Guatemala City to the United States on the following date: Sunday, May 3 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3011) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. We urge U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents …

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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala: United Airlines Offering Flights on April 29th and May 1st.

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event: The United States Embassy in Guatemala City advises U.S. citizens that United Airlines has opened flights from Guatemala City to the United States on the following dates: Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3026) from Guatemala City to Houston, TX. Friday, May 1 – 12:00 departure (Flight 3027) from …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes on COVID-19 Restrictions by Government of Guatemala

April 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event:   On Sunday, April 19th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced changes to two restrictions on movement and activities currently in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  Unless further extended by the Guatemalan government, these restrictions will remain in place until April 27.  The Government of Guatemala may further extend …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 13, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On Sunday, April 12th, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the extension of the country’s mandatory curfew, and the amendment or continuation of several other restrictions on movement and activities currently in place. Unless otherwise noted, these restrictions will remain in place until April 20 at 4:00 a.m., and the Government of Guatemala …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (April 9, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:   On April 8 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei announced the requirement that all individuals wear masks in public spaces, including in grocery stores and on the street, to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This regulation will come into effect on Monday, April 13, and, according to President Giammattei, will likely remain in place …

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Repatriation of Remains to the United States during COVID-19

April 8, 2020 CDC requirements for importing human remains depend upon if the body has been embalmed, cremated, or if the person died from a  quarantinable communicable disease . At this time, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States and the remains must meet the standards for importation found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part …

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Update for U.S. Citizens Regarding Embassy Consular Services

April 8, 2020 Location: Guatemala   Event: Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.   For U.S. citizens in the United States, we …

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Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala Regarding Visa Status

April 6, 2020 Location: Guatemala  Event:   The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) announced on April 6, 2020 that non-Guatemalans who entered Guatemala legally using a tourist visa, but who are unable to depart due to the travel restrictions put in place by the Guatemalan government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be allowed to …

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Update for U.S. Citizens regarding Extension of Curfew – (March 29, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 29, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:   Today (Sunday, March 29th), Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei announced that Guatemala will extend its nationwide curfew and the closing of its national borders until Sunday, April 12th.  U.S. citizens in Guatemala are reminded of the following: Curfew (Toque de queda) The curfew lasts …

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Guatemala Begins Curfew Starting March 22

March 20, 2020 Location: Guatemala Event: On March 21, President Giammattei announced that, effective Sunday, March 22, a nationwide curfew will take effect. The curfew is from 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to be in effect until March 29. Everyone in Guatemala, including foreigners, is expected to remain in their homes during …

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Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala

March 18, 2020 Information for U.S. Citizens in Guatemala   The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are aware the governments of several countries have announced suspension of air travel, including Guatemala. We are considering all options to assist U.S. citizens in these countries. …

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U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 16, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event: On March 16, Guatemalan President Giammattei announced four (4) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to six. President Giammattei also announced the closure of Guatemalan borders for a period of 15 days beginning after the arrival of the last flight shortly prior to 11:59 pm on …

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Travel and Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 15, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Based on current Guatemala travel restrictions, it appears that almost all direct flight service to the United States will cease at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.  Travelers should check with individual air carriers to confirm flight options beyond that date and those with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details. …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 14, 2020)

Location: Guatemala Event:  President Giammattei announced on March 13 the first case of COVID-19 to be diagnosed in Guatemala; a Guatemalan who had visited Northern Italy.  He also announced new restrictions for people traveling from the United States and Canada.  After midnight Monday, March 16, people who spent time in the U.S. or Canada will not be …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 5, 2020) Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting-Reminder The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020)

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 25, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event:  The President of Guatemala announced today, February 25, 2020, an increased level of precautionary measures regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Guatemala is responding to additional countries beyond China reporting person-to-person transmission. This state of “maximum alert” intensifies preventive actions …

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COVID-19 Information

Health Alert – September 19, 2020 Last updated:  09/21/2020 Country-Specific Information: International travel to Guatemala resumed September 18, with passengers arriving by air required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to arrival.  Internal travel is largely unrestricted.  Markets, supermarkets, stores and restaurants may operate with social distancing measures in place, and religious services of no more than an …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 14, 2020) Location:  Six Municipalities in the Department of Escuintla Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of Escuintla, Nueva Concepción, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Tiquisate, Puerto San José and Palín, all …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 5, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Chimaltenango, Department of Chimaltenango  Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Chimaltenango.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in Chimaltenango …

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Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (February 24-28, 2020) Location:    INGUAT (Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo) 7a. Ave. 1-17, Zona 4 – First Floor Event: Visit of Social Security and Federal Benefits Representatives Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Guatemala from February 24 to 28, 2020 to …

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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 24, 2020) Location:  Municipality of Villa Nueva, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Villa Nueva.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 23, 2020)  Location: Quetzaltenango Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in Quetzaltenango on March 10 and 11, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On March 10, we will also hold …

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2020 U.S. Elections

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 22, 2020) Location: Guatemala Event: 2020 U.S. Elections Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Actions to take:  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so …

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Security Alert – State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 17, 2020) Location:  Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco, Department of Guatemala Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipalities of San Juan Sacatepéquez and Mixco.  The State of Prevention is …

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Demonstrations Alert

Demonstrations Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 13, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: President Giammattei Inauguration The Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration will occur on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with formal events scheduled throughout the day.  Due to the anticipated large crowds, traffic, and potential for protests, the Embassy has cautioned personnel and family members to …

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Heightened Middle East Tensions

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 8, 2020) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Embassy operations are …

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Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 26, 2019) Location: Throughout Guatemala Event: Annual Payment of Guatemalan Residency Fees The Instituto Guatemalteco de Migración (Guatemalan immigration office) implemented an annual payment of $40 for Guatemalan residency holders in February 2019.  The deadline for this payment is December 31st, 2019 and must be processed at the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (December 5, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City and throughout Guatemala Event:  Saturday, December 7, 2019, is the annual “Quema del Diablo.”  This traditional event, which marks the beginning of the Christmas Season, is celebrated with the burning of papier mâche figures and fireworks.  The “Quema” begins at 6:00 pm all around the country, in the streets, and will affect traffic …

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U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting – San Marcos

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 26, 2019) Location: San Marcos Event: U.S. Passport Fair and Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy will hold a Passport Fair in San Marcos on December 10 and 11, 2019.  Applications will be accepted for adults and children who are renewing their passports.  On December 10, we will …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 15, 2019)

Location: Guatemala City Event:  On Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 4:00 pm, festivities will begin for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in the center of the Obelisco.  This event will affect traffic on roads leading to and from the Obelisco throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  The actual tree lighting will occur at …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  The Comité de Desarollo Campesino (CODECA) and Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas (CNOC) are calling for demonstrations on November 14, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  There is an announced march that will start at the Obelisco in Zone 10 and move toward the U.S. Embassy.  Demonstrators are expected to congregate …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 13, 2019)

Location:  Izabal, San Marcos and Huehuetenango Event:  The Government of Guatemala officially lifted the State of Siege in the Department of Izabal and additional municipalities in various departments, on November 7, 2019.  Embassy personnel may resume personal and official travel throughout Guatemala. Travel restrictions for Embassy personnel to the Departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos …

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Natural Disaster Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (November 11, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event: Tsunami warnings CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reducción de Desastres) the National Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness issued the following information, via social media: In reference to the tsunami warnings that have been shared through social media, INSIVUMEH and The Pacific Tsunami Warnings Center, CONRED informs that there is no tsunami alert issued.  …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 8, 2019)

Location:  20 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced that the State of Siege continues in all of the municipalities listed below.  Municipalities no longer subject to the State of Siege include Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the department of Sololá, and Puerto Barrios and Livingston in the Department of Izabal.  …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (October 3, 2019)

Location: Izabal (22 municipalities) and Sololá (Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán) Event:  The Government of Guatemala has announced the continuation of the State of Siege for the Department of Izabal, the original 22 municipalities, and has now added the municipalities of Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, in Sololá. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 12, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Beginning Friday, September 13th through Sunday, September 15th, 2019, expect heavy traffic on all roads throughout Guatemala due to Independence Day celebrations and activities. Celebrations within Guatemala City will begin to impact traffic on Friday, originating from the Obelisco in zone 10.  Participation is expected to number in the tens of thousands.  …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (September 5, 2019)

Location: Izabal and 22 municipalities in Guatemala Event:  On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 following the deaths of three Guatemalan Marines in Izabal, President Morales announced a State of Siege affecting the Department of Izabal and 22 additional municipalities.  Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy has restricted travel by Embassy personnel to the affected areas effective immediately.  These …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 14, 2019)

Location:  Guatemala, countrywide  Event: Increase in cases of dengue fever and hemorrhagic fever. This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Guatemala to an increase in reported cases of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to our local office of …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (August 9, 2019)

Location: Guatemala Event:  Guatemala will hold the second round of presidential elections on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  We wish to remind U.S. Citizens to be aware that demonstrations and sporadic acts of violence are possible in the days leading up to, during and after the election. While most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful and …

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U.S. citizen adult passport renewals by mail, March 1, 2019

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (March 1, 2019)  Location: Guatemala Event: U.S. citizen adult passport renewals by mail The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new program that will allow qualified adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports through courier service, eliminating the need to visit the U.S. Embassy.  The program begins March …

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

January 31, 2019 Location: Guatemala City Event:  There are reports of a large teachers protest beginning today, January 31, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. in Guatemala City with estimates as high as 20,000 demonstrators participating.  The march is expected to begin at the Plaza Obelisco.  It will proceed down Reforma Avenue and pass the Embassy before stopping at …

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Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 21, 2019) Location: Guatemala City Event:  An explosion occurred on a bus today in 9thAve. and 8th Street in Zone 7, Guatemala City.  There are reports of multiple injuries.  Guatemalan police are investigating the incident and indicate it was an attack related to extortion.  So far, …

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

November 19, 2018 Location: Escuintla, Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Event: On Sunday, November 18, Fuego Volcano erupted for the fifth time in 2018.  The new eruption has generated a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter in the direction of Barranca Seca and Santa Teresa. Strong explosions have generated ashes up to height of 17,060 …

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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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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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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

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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