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Visit The Guatemalan Lake Town Mining Bitcoin With Used Cooking Oil
Farmers hold large anti-government march in Guatemala’s capital
Central America – Floods and Landslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Sports Mole previews Saturday's International Friendlies clash between Colombia and Guatemala, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Guatemalan national found guilty of immigration offense to be deported
Western Sahara: Guatemala to Open Consulate in Morocco’s Dakhla>
Microbes Went To Space Thanks To Guatemalan Scientists
Tragic photo shows child migrants from Guatemala at US border alone with phone numbers written on shirt
SoftBank Corp. Utilizes OneSky’s UTM Solution in Demonstration to Confirm Disaster Situation with Drone
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review El Salvador, Mongolia, Italy, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Luxembourg
Guatemalans strongly reject mining project in local referendum
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Review: How a Guatemalan kidnapping inspired Eduardo Halfon's autofictional 'Cancion'
Belizean flags taken by Guatemalan army at the Sarstoon River returned to Belize’s Embassy
Indian handicraft products shine in Guatemala trade show
Friendly COLOMBIA – GUATEMALA GOL Caracol Live Streaming via Fútbol Libre and Directv | FIFA Date International Friendlies | WinSports online | Colombia National Team Coach | Game-Total
Guatemala support Morocco and decided to open a consulate in Dakhla
Breaking: Earthquake strikes in Honduras; Felt in Belize and Guatemala
At least 2 missing, 3 injured as sinkhole swallows cars in Guatemala
Insights Into The Global Electrical And Electronics Market 2022-2031 Forecast Period
Massive sinkholes leave two missing and three injured in Guatemala
Guatemala’s rainforest is expanding thanks to community efforts
Rescuers seek two in Guatemala sinkhole
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
More than 400 migrants stranded at the Guatemalan border
Couple offers residents a Guatemala adventure
Search continues for mother and daughter inside massive Guatemala sinkhole
Search continues for 2 inside massive Guatemala sinkhole
A Guatemalan law meant to protect women from violence is being used against journalists
Continúa la búsqueda de dos personas que cayeron en un socavón en Guatemala
The Sozahdah Family presents 2nd Annual Baraka Fundraiser Benefiting Global Empowerment Mission and Bayat Foundation
Taiwan paid Ballard Partners for foreign lobbying and influence campaign on behalf of Guatemala
Two missing after massive sinkholes open up in Guatemala
2 still missing after massive sinkholes open up in Guatemala
Stories from Guatemala: How the Women Leaders of Corali are Helping Women Entrepreneurs Achieve their Dreams (Part 3)
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Search continues for 2 inside Guatemala sinkhole
In Guatemala, a search is underway for mom, daughter inside massive sinkhole
Giant holes on a highway in Guatemala
Guatemala Sinkhole Swallows Car; Mom, Daughter Missing, 3 Others Injured
Searchers seek to recover missing mother and daughter in Guatemala
iACADEMY wins awards for top-class education services in the Philippines
Searchers seek to recover 2 missing in Guatemala sinkhole
Mother, daughter rescued after car plunges into huge Guatemala sinkhole
UK Trade Commissioner Jonathan Knott travels to Guatemala
"Guatemala. Amazing and unstoppable", will be the Partner Country FITUR 2023
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
A sip of home: Providence truck serves up imported Guatemalan coffee
Today
Patchy Rain
High:74°F (23°C)
Low:57°F (14°C)
Winds:S 7 MPH (12 KPH)
Precipitation:1.0
Tomorrow
Patchy Rain
High:71°F (22°C)
Low:58°F (14°C)
Winds:SSW 9 MPH (14 KPH)
Precipitation:1.3
Sunday
Patchy Rain
High:69°F (20°C)
Low:58°F (15°C)
Winds:WNW 10 MPH (15 KPH)
Precipitation:3.5
Monday
Heavy Rain
High:67°F (19°C)
Low:58°F (15°C)
Winds:SSE 6 MPH (10 KPH)
Precipitation:25.2
Tuesday
Heavy Rain
High:70°F (21°C)
Low:60°F (16°C)
Winds:SE 6 MPH (9 KPH)
Precipitation:69.5
The Beautiful Lake Atitlan (Lago Atitlán), Guatemala
Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
Panajachel Solola Guatemala
la feria de Panajachel 2014
Panajachel Market Walk Through
Guatemala Promotional video
Travel Guide to Antigua/Guatemala
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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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Current News in Guatemala
  • Visit The Guatemalan Lake Town Mining Bitcoin With Used Cooking Oil
  • Farmers hold large anti-government march in Guatemala’s capital
  • Central America – Floods and Landslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • Sports Mole previews Saturday's International Friendlies clash between Colombia and Guatemala, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
  • Guatemalan national found guilty of immigration offense to be deported
  • Western Sahara: Guatemala to Open Consulate in Morocco’s Dakhla>
  • Microbes Went To Space Thanks To Guatemalan Scientists
  • Tragic photo shows child migrants from Guatemala at US border alone with phone numbers written on shirt
  • SoftBank Corp. Utilizes OneSky’s UTM Solution in Demonstration to Confirm Disaster Situation with Drone
  • UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review El Salvador, Mongolia, Italy, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Luxembourg
  • Guatemalans strongly reject mining project in local referendum
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Review: How a Guatemalan kidnapping inspired Eduardo Halfon's autofictional 'Cancion'
  • Belizean flags taken by Guatemalan army at the Sarstoon River returned to Belize’s Embassy
  • Indian handicraft products shine in Guatemala trade show
  • Friendly COLOMBIA – GUATEMALA GOL Caracol Live Streaming via Fútbol Libre and Directv | FIFA Date International Friendlies | WinSports online | Colombia National Team Coach | Game-Total
  • Guatemala support Morocco and decided to open a consulate in Dakhla
  • Breaking: Earthquake strikes in Honduras; Felt in Belize and Guatemala
  • At least 2 missing, 3 injured as sinkhole swallows cars in Guatemala
  • Insights Into The Global Electrical And Electronics Market 2022-2031 Forecast Period
  • Massive sinkholes leave two missing and three injured in Guatemala
  • Guatemala’s rainforest is expanding thanks to community efforts
  • Rescuers seek two in Guatemala sinkhole
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • More than 400 migrants stranded at the Guatemalan border
  • Couple offers residents a Guatemala adventure
  • Search continues for mother and daughter inside massive Guatemala sinkhole
  • Search continues for 2 inside massive Guatemala sinkhole
  • A Guatemalan law meant to protect women from violence is being used against journalists
  • Continúa la búsqueda de dos personas que cayeron en un socavón en Guatemala
  • The Sozahdah Family presents 2nd Annual Baraka Fundraiser Benefiting Global Empowerment Mission and Bayat Foundation
  • Taiwan paid Ballard Partners for foreign lobbying and influence campaign on behalf of Guatemala
  • Two missing after massive sinkholes open up in Guatemala
  • 2 still missing after massive sinkholes open up in Guatemala
  • Stories from Guatemala: How the Women Leaders of Corali are Helping Women Entrepreneurs Achieve their Dreams (Part 3)
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Search continues for 2 inside Guatemala sinkhole
  • In Guatemala, a search is underway for mom, daughter inside massive sinkhole
  • Giant holes on a highway in Guatemala
  • Guatemala Sinkhole Swallows Car; Mom, Daughter Missing, 3 Others Injured
  • Searchers seek to recover missing mother and daughter in Guatemala
  • iACADEMY wins awards for top-class education services in the Philippines
  • Searchers seek to recover 2 missing in Guatemala sinkhole
  • Mother, daughter rescued after car plunges into huge Guatemala sinkhole
  • UK Trade Commissioner Jonathan Knott travels to Guatemala
  • "Guatemala. Amazing and unstoppable", will be the Partner Country FITUR 2023
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • A sip of home: Providence truck serves up imported Guatemalan coffee
Guatemala Flag
Current Weather & Forecast
73°F
23°C
65%
Videos
  • The Beautiful Lake Atitlan (Lago Atitlán), Guatemala
  • Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Panajachel Solola Guatemala
  • la feria de Panajachel 2014
  • Panajachel Market Walk Through
  • Guatemala Promotional video
  • Travel Guide to Antigua/Guatemala
Currency Exchange Rate
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Guatemala Quetzals
per US Dollar
U.S. State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
Calculate Airport-to-Airport and Driving Distances