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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala – (January 20, 2021)
February 19, 2021

Message for U.S. CitizensLocation: Guatemala

Event:  According to media reports, Guatemala Army veterans have organized demonstrations and roadblocks across Guatemala today, January 20, to include in Guatemala City the Presidential House, Plaza de la Constitución, and National Palace (Zone 1). The exact locations of the demonstrations and roadblocks are not currently known. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.

The following are confirmed roadblock locations already taking place:

Route CA-10

Kilometer 174 San Esteban, Chiquimula

Route CA-2 West

Kilometer 113 Cocales, Suchitepéquez.

Kilometer 178 Puente Castillo Armas, Retalhuleu. 

Route CA-1 West

Kilometer 264 village Xinaxoj, Huehuetenango. 

Route CA-14

Kilometer 132 summit of Santa Elena.

Route CA-9 North

Kilometer 136 Rio Hondo, Zacapa.

The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider travel to these specific locations during this same time period, and remain alert to the possibility of demonstrations occurring at unanticipated times and locations.  Demonstrations can quickly grow in size and often move from one location to another thus potentially disrupting movement.

Actions to Take:

  • Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
  • Monitor local news for updates.
  • Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

Avoid affected areas, and exercise caution.


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

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

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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