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Security Alert: State of Prevention – Departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimul
October 3, 2020

Message for U.S. CitizensSecurity Alert: U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala 

Location: Guatemala

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Guatemalan government has declared a State of Prevention through October 16, 2020 in the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa and Chiquimula, due to the presence in those locations of migrants who did not comply with COVID-19 testing requirements when entering Guatemala.    

State of Prevention restrictions for the departments of Izabal, Peten, Zacapa, El Progreso, Jutiapa, and Chiquimula

Citizens are asked to limit outdoor gatherings, shows, and public demonstrations.  Local authorities in these regions may dissolve any public gatherings or meetings, including demonstrations held without authorization, and any gathering where weapons are present.  Furthermore, authorities may restrict the movement or parking of vehicles in certain areas and at specific times in order to ensure public safety, and assist in the provision of public services.

 Guidance for American Citizens: 

The United States Embassy in Guatemala urges all U.S. citizens to comply with the restrictions and regulations outlined above.

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 areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.


As a reminder for U.S. citizens registered in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), your registration expires automatically based on the dates entered and you will not receive updates after that date. Update your account to show that you are still in Guatemala.  Follow these instructions to keep receiving messages from the STEP Program. From within your account settings, update to INDEFINITE to ensure that you continue receiving messages. If you have any trouble, please email CASTEP@state.gov.

Please contact Amcitsguatemala@state.gov for any urgent inquiries. 


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