July 27, 2018
The State Department released an update on July 27 to its Travel Advisory for Guatemala originally published on January 10, 2018. The updated Advisory lowered the Advisory level for Guatemala from a Level 3 to a Level 2, Exercise Increased Caution due to crime. The State Department also recommends U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to some areas in Guatemala. Please read the entire Travel Advisory (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Guatemala.html) to review all of the recommendations.
The new Travel Advisory reflects a comprehensive evaluation of information about security issues in Guatemala. The Advisory specifies certain levels of risk to certain areas of the country. As with all Travel Advisories, the revised levels of advice are based on information from a range of sources, such as crime statistics and assessments by our embassies and consulates. U.S. citizens should continue to exercise increased caution in all parts of Guatemala due to crime.
The Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. Part of that responsibility is providing information to help U.S. citizens make informed decisions about traveling abroad. We communicate with U.S. citizen travelers to provide clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide.
In December 2017, we launched a newly redesigned travel.state.gov website, which enables easier access to information on mobile devices. We launched our new Travel Advisory system on January 10, 2018. For more information about our consular messaging, see travel.state.gov/travelsafely. Find a complete list of countries and their current Travel Advisory levels, at travel.state.gov/traveladvisories, or view a color-coded world map (travelmaps.state.gov).
Every country is assigned a Travel Advisory, Level 1-4. We use standard formats for our Travel Advisories and Alerts that help U.S. citizens find and use important security information more easily. Content is optimized for mobile users and readily “shareable” on social media.
We encourage U.S. citizens traveling overseas to enroll their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov), so they can receive important messages about their destination(s), including timely Alerts and updates to Travel Advisories. There are a number of other ways to receive updates of our safety and security information, including Twitter (@travelgov) and Facebook (facebook.com/travelgov). They can choose the method that works best for them at travel.state.gov/stayingconnected.