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 by Embassy personnel to the affected areas effective immediately.  These include:


  • Nahualá
  • Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán


  • San Luis, Petén
  • Nuevo Chahal
  • Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
  • Cahabón
  • Senahú
  • Santa Catalina la Tinta
  • Tamahú, Alta Verapaz
  • Tactic
  • Tucurú, Alta Verapaz
  • San Agustín Acasaguastlán
  • Panzós
  • Río Hondo
  • Teculután
  • Usumatlán
  • San Cristobal Acasaguastlán
  • Gualán
  • El Estor
  • Los Amates
  • Morales
  • Puerto Barrios
  • Livingston
  • Purulhá
  • Nahualá
  • Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán

Actions to Take

  • Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
  • For specific details on the State of Siege, refer to Decreto Gubernativo Número (Presidencia de la Republica) 2-2019.
  • 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. 


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