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 target rivals in retaliation for the violence committed during the 2005 rift.  While members of the community are not targeted, incidents could occur in public places.

Due to reported planned attacks by the Barrio 18 gang, the U.S. citizen community should use caution for any visits with Guatemalan judicial authorities during the month of August. 

Embassy Operations: Embassy operations are 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 areas of demonstrations, 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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