Update for U.S. Citizens – Embassy Requests Response to Charter Flight Confirmations

March 30, 2020

Location: Guatemala

Event:   A large percentage of confirmed passengers scheduled for the March 30 State Department charters did not show up for their flights.  As a result, the U.S. Embassy was able to accommodate many passengers as “stand by” additions to the manifests and we were able to fill both flights before departure.

The last two State Department-coordinated flights departing March 31 from Guatemala City to Dallas-Ft.-Worth (DFW) are fully booked with passengers who have been individually notified by the U.S. Embassy.  However, additional “stand by” passengers may be able to travel on these flights due to unanticipated cancellations or confirmed passengers that do not show up for their flights.

Please monitor the Embassy’s Twitter feed and Facebook page tomorrow morning, March 31, for any updates on the status of “stand by” opportunities.  We will advise interested travelers as early as possible about possible “stand by” opportunities to allow for travel to the airport.

To allow as many passengers to travel as possible, the U.S. Embassy requests the following:

**If you receive (or received) a confirmation from the U.S. Embassy for a State Department-coordinated flight on Tuesday, March 31stPLEASE SEND A MESSAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov to confirm that you will be present to board your flight that day. 

**If your plans change or you do not intend to travel on the March 31 flight for which you have received confirmation, please notify the Embassy immediately at AmcitsGuatemala@state.gov so that your seat confirmation may be provided to another traveler.**

The U.S. Embassy also requests that all travelers who have received official flight confirmations for State Department-coordinated flights from Guatemala City arrive at the airport at least three (3) hours prior to their scheduled departure.  If you have not already done so, we recommend you travel to Guatemala City immediately, since all flights will depart from La Aurora airport in the capital, and curfew restrictions currently in effect prohibit travel between the hours of 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. daily.

Travelers who have not received confirmation of a seat on a Tuesday, March 31 flight: please monitor our Embassy website, Twitter and Facebook accounts for definitive updates on flights and seat availability.

Resources for additional information:
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the COVID-19 crisis in Guatemala, and actions the U.S. Embassy is taking to assist U.S. citizens.

Review the State Department’s Global Level 4 Health Travel Advisory at www.travel.state.gov.

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.

Monitor local news for updates.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City https://gt.usembassy.gov/
Tel. (502) 2326-4000
Amcitsguatemala@state.gov

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

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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