Information, Products and Services for Expats in Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

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Migrant Caravans: Are they in the Caribbean’s future?
A border paradox: Enforcement could be luring more migrants
SweetWater’s Sweet Spot: Atlanta Craft Brewer’s Story, Beers Find an International Audience 
U.S. aid helped Guatemalan farmers stay rooted to their lands
How One Guatemalan Town Has Changed With The Flow Of Migrants Passing Through
Guatemalan tourist, 38, who died after King Kong ride couldn't read warning signs at Universal, attorney says
For a decades-old massacre in Guatemala, justice neared. Now it’s retreating.
Belizeans Arrested In Livingston, Guatemala
First Performance Announces New Chairman
'She was the heartbeat of Trócaire for almost 40 years': Irish aid worker killed in Guatemala
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Dungannon woman dies in Guatemala crash
Guatemalan Migrant Recruiter: It’s ‘Never Been Easier’ To Get Illegals Into The US
Climate Change Is Forcing Farmers In Guatemala To Leave Their Land For The U.S.
Guatemala: Natural Disasters Monitoring - April 9, 2019
Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1132019 - Actividad de volcán fuego bajo constante monitoreo
Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1142019 - Se registra descenso de lahares en diferentes barrancas del volcán de fuego
Guatemala’s anti-graft candidate slams brief detention in Honduras
Libya: Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers concludes its thirtieth session - Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Reports of Albania, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Libya
Mount Lehman Credit Union Converts to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite
Migrants break border gate at Guatemala border, force their way into Mexico
Guat Pres. Morales teaches school children to include Belize in Guatemalan map
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Migrants Break Gate at Guatemalan Border, Force Their Way Into Mexico
Migrants break border gate at Guatemala border, force their way into Mexico
Steve Hecht: Democrats are destabilizing Guatemala for political gain
Longing for His School, Friends in Guatemala
Guatemala: Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja en Guatemala - actividades realizadas en 2018
Armenian, Guatemalan parliaments want stronger ties, committee approves cooperation deal
Two British tourists attacked with machete in Guatemala park
Beyond Security and Ubiquitous AI Corporation to Jointly Unveil Dynamic Application Security Testing Tool – beSTORM X
British tourists attacked with machete at Guatemala national park
In Guatemala, textiles tell the story of current and ancient Maya culture
Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 1162019 - Control y liquidación de incendios forestales continúa a nivel nacional
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala: Guatemala: Volcanic Eruption 6-Month update DREF n° MDRGT013
Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested on drug charges
Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot
Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-related plot
Guatemalan candidate held in 'drug plot'
Guatemalan presidential candidate held over ‘drug plot’
WoodenChoice International Launches to Promote Tree Planting and Offer Luxury Wood Products at the Same Time
Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami for soliciting money from a Mexican cartel
Eight-year-old Guatemalan girl in Arizona Border Patrol custody diagnosed with MEASLES
Guatemalan Armed Forces’ aggression on Sarstoon River: Belize military and civilian boats blocked
Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1182019 - Lluvias generan descenso de lahares en el volcán de fuego
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Passports to the American dream: Mounting debt, few opportunities keep Guatemalans coming
Today
Moderate or Heavy Rain Shower
High:72°F (22°C)
Low:59°F (15°C)
Winds:SSE 5 MPH (8 KPH)
Precipitation:14.7
Tomorrow
Clear/Sunny
High:74°F (23°C)
Low:59°F (15°C)
Winds:SSW 4 MPH (7 KPH)
Precipitation:7.0
Saturday
Moderate or Heavy Rain Shower
High:74°F (23°C)
Low:59°F (15°C)
Winds:SW 4 MPH (6 KPH)
Precipitation:14.8
Sunday
Patchy Rain
High:76°F (25°C)
Low:59°F (15°C)
Winds:SSE 4 MPH (6 KPH)
Precipitation:17.5
Monday
Patchy Rain
High:77°F (25°C)
Low:59°F (15°C)
Winds:SW 4 MPH (6 KPH)
Precipitation:2.0
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
Current News in Guatemala
  • Migrant Caravans: Are they in the Caribbean’s future?
  • A border paradox: Enforcement could be luring more migrants
  • SweetWater’s Sweet Spot: Atlanta Craft Brewer’s Story, Beers Find an International Audience 
  • U.S. aid helped Guatemalan farmers stay rooted to their lands
  • How One Guatemalan Town Has Changed With The Flow Of Migrants Passing Through
  • Guatemalan tourist, 38, who died after King Kong ride couldn't read warning signs at Universal, attorney says
  • For a decades-old massacre in Guatemala, justice neared. Now it’s retreating.
  • Belizeans Arrested In Livingston, Guatemala
  • First Performance Announces New Chairman
  • 'She was the heartbeat of Trócaire for almost 40 years': Irish aid worker killed in Guatemala
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Dungannon woman dies in Guatemala crash
  • Guatemalan Migrant Recruiter: It’s ‘Never Been Easier’ To Get Illegals Into The US
  • Climate Change Is Forcing Farmers In Guatemala To Leave Their Land For The U.S.
  • Guatemala: Natural Disasters Monitoring - April 9, 2019
  • Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1132019 - Actividad de volcán fuego bajo constante monitoreo
  • Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1142019 - Se registra descenso de lahares en diferentes barrancas del volcán de fuego
  • Guatemala’s anti-graft candidate slams brief detention in Honduras
  • Libya: Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers concludes its thirtieth session - Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Reports of Albania, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Libya
  • Mount Lehman Credit Union Converts to Smart Solution’s Universa Premier Digital Core Banking Suite
  • Migrants break border gate at Guatemala border, force their way into Mexico
  • Guat Pres. Morales teaches school children to include Belize in Guatemalan map
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Migrants Break Gate at Guatemalan Border, Force Their Way Into Mexico
  • Migrants break border gate at Guatemala border, force their way into Mexico
  • Steve Hecht: Democrats are destabilizing Guatemala for political gain
  • Longing for His School, Friends in Guatemala
  • Guatemala: Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja en Guatemala - actividades realizadas en 2018
  • Armenian, Guatemalan parliaments want stronger ties, committee approves cooperation deal
  • Two British tourists attacked with machete in Guatemala park
  • Beyond Security and Ubiquitous AI Corporation to Jointly Unveil Dynamic Application Security Testing Tool – beSTORM X
  • British tourists attacked with machete at Guatemala national park
  • In Guatemala, textiles tell the story of current and ancient Maya culture
  • Guatemala: Boletín informativo No. 1162019 - Control y liquidación de incendios forestales continúa a nivel nacional
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala: Guatemala: Volcanic Eruption 6-Month update DREF n° MDRGT013
  • Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested on drug charges
  • Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-trafficking plot
  • Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami in drug-related plot
  • Guatemalan candidate held in 'drug plot'
  • Guatemalan presidential candidate held over ‘drug plot’
  • WoodenChoice International Launches to Promote Tree Planting and Offer Luxury Wood Products at the Same Time
  • Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested in Miami for soliciting money from a Mexican cartel
  • Eight-year-old Guatemalan girl in Arizona Border Patrol custody diagnosed with MEASLES
  • Guatemalan Armed Forces’ aggression on Sarstoon River: Belize military and civilian boats blocked
  • Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 1182019 - Lluvias generan descenso de lahares en el volcán de fuego
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Passports to the American dream: Mounting debt, few opportunities keep Guatemalans coming
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