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 7:00 pm.

Pedestrian traffic only will begin at 5:00 pm on Ave. Reforma leading to the Obelisco from various directions.  Accordingly, there will be disruptions and delays throughout the area.  We expect lane closures to remain in effect until the conclusion of the event at approximately 11:00 pm.  However, pedestrian traffic in the area of the tree lighting will remain heavy and complicate vehicular traffic for a few more hours.  Expect heavy traffic delays.  Embassy operations will be normal.       

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 if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.


U.S. Embassy Guatemala City
Tel. (502) 2326-4000

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

Guatemala Country Information

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