Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Guatemala City

Guatemala, August 22, 2018

Location: Sacatepequez, Escuintla, Guatemala City

 Event:The government of Guatemala recently reopened highway RN-14 that has been closed since Volcano Fuego erupted.  RN-14 connects Antigua to Escuintla.

However, the U.S. Embassy has restricted its personnel from traveling on RN-14 due to the poor state of the road and threats of additional lahars (a type of fast-moving mudslide).

Additionally, expect traffic disruptions and delays Sunday in Guatemala City, August 26th, when the city will hold a 21k road race.  More than 15,000 people are expected to participate.

Avenida Reforma and Avenida Las Americas from Zone 2 to Zone 14 will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  You may cross using the underpass on Boulevard Proceres/Liberacion.

Embassy Operations: Embassy operations are normal.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid traveling at night as road conditions are especially hazardous in the dark and roads may end without warning
  • Avoid traveling on RN 14 between Antigua and Escuintla
  • Avoid secondary roads
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.


State Department – Consular Affairs