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State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence
January 24, 2020

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

Location:  Municipality of Villa Nueva, Department of Guatemala

Event: State of Prevention, Increased Military and Police Presence

The Government of Guatemala has announced a State of Prevention for the Municipality of Villa Nueva.  The State of Prevention is due to the ongoing security situation in Villa Nueva where there is significant gang activity and other violent crime.  The State of Prevention is expected to last for six days, and there will be an increased military and police presence in this area to conduct search warrants and arrest operations.

Effective immediately, U.S. Embassy official and personal travel to the Municipality of Villa Nueva will only be authorized on a case-by-case basis throughout the State of Prevention period The Municipality of Villa Nueva falls along a major travel route (CA-9 South) to non-restricted destinations.  Travel along CA-9 S will still be permitted; however, U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to not stop in Villa Nueva while transiting to other destinations.

Please be aware that there will likely be official police check points along CA-9 and other routes leading to / from Villa Nueva.  If you are stopped at an official checkpoint, please comply with all police commands and requests.  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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