Information, Products and Services for Expats in Guatemala, Guatemala

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Thousands evacuate as volcano erupts in Guatemala
Thousands flee as Guatemala volcano erupts
ACNUR: Fact Sheet - Petén e Izabal (Guatemala), Septiembre – Octubre 2018
Violent volcanic eruption forces thousands to evacuate in Guatemala
Volcán de Fuego eruption lights up Guatemalan skyline
Thousands flee as red-hot rock and ash spews into sky above Guatemala volcano
Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts again
Thousands evacuated from areas around Guatemalan Fuego volcano
Eminent TED Speaker and bestselling author Dr Jawahar Surisetti attributes his acclaim to Bollywood
Thousands flee as Guatemala's Fuego volcano violently erupts
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Locals flee as Guatemala volcano erupts
Guatemalan ex-soldier gets 5,130 years for 1982 massacre
Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to over 5,000 years for 1982 massacre
Ex-Guatemalan soldier gets 5,160 years’ prison for civil war massacre
WATCH: Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego spews red-hot rock and ash into the sky
Ex-Soldier Gets 5,130 Years in Prison for Guatemala Massacre
Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to more than 5,000 years for 1982 massacre
More than 200 migrants detained on Guatemala-Mexico border as Trump OKs use of force
The Westport Big & Tall Spring/ Summer 2019 Photoshoot Captures a Life of Luxury
Dental mission trip brightens smiles in Guatemala
A Guatemalan Mother Could Lose Her Daughter, Because She’s an American
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Retired Guatemalan military officer sentenced for 1982 massacre
AMERICA/GUATEMALA - From the Missionary Congress the commitment to "missionary and Samaritan transformation" of parishes
A Guatemalan mother could lose her daughter, because she's an American
Guatemala Dos Erres massacre conviction welcomed
Smartphones up to 73% of Guatemala lines but 4G at just 10%
About 4,000 evacuated as volcano erupts in Guatemala
Immigrant Stories: Fleeing civil war in Guatemala
Business Attorney K. Todd Wallace publishes article on company data breach response plans
Boréal students, faculty headed to Guatemala for humanitarian mission
US sued for $60 million after Guatemalan one-year-old in detention later died
Connected to Guatemala: Art class to benefit mission
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Stark man spearheads fire equipment donation to Guatemala
Guatemala focal country of 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair
Report: Sara Netanyahu invited to diplomatic mission in Guatemala
Atrocity Alert No. 133 (28 November 2018): Syria, Burundi and Guatemala
Guatemala : Guatemalan products are exhibited at the Agriculture Fair
Guatemala : AGEXPORT Realizes commercial mission in Santiago de Chile
Family Law Attorney Janet P. Reed publishes second article in a series about Technology & Family Law practice
Guatemala implementa sistema de monitoreo y alerta temprana de seguridad alimentaria con el apoyo de Bioversity y CCAFS
Syrian Arab Republic: Atrocity Alert No. 133 (28 November 2018): Syria, Burundi and Guatemala
Guatemala implements a food security monitoring and early warning system supported by Bioversity and CCAFS
Coban Imperial Advances to Guatemalan League Playoffs
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala dock worker dangles in the air after crane crashes into his lifting platform
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
The Beautiful Lake Atitlan (Lago Atitlán), Guatemala
Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
Panajachel Solola Guatemala
la feria de Panajachel 2014
Panajachel Market Walk Through
CIUDAD DE QUETZALTENANGO
Panorama de las Américas - Guatemala
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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Guatemala, Guatemala
Current News in Guatemala
  • Thousands evacuate as volcano erupts in Guatemala
  • Thousands flee as Guatemala volcano erupts
  • ACNUR: Fact Sheet - Petén e Izabal (Guatemala), Septiembre – Octubre 2018
  • Violent volcanic eruption forces thousands to evacuate in Guatemala
  • Volcán de Fuego eruption lights up Guatemalan skyline
  • Thousands flee as red-hot rock and ash spews into sky above Guatemala volcano
  • Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts again
  • Thousands evacuated from areas around Guatemalan Fuego volcano
  • Eminent TED Speaker and bestselling author Dr Jawahar Surisetti attributes his acclaim to Bollywood
  • Thousands flee as Guatemala's Fuego volcano violently erupts
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Locals flee as Guatemala volcano erupts
  • Guatemalan ex-soldier gets 5,130 years for 1982 massacre
  • Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to over 5,000 years for 1982 massacre
  • Ex-Guatemalan soldier gets 5,160 years’ prison for civil war massacre
  • WATCH: Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego spews red-hot rock and ash into the sky
  • Ex-Soldier Gets 5,130 Years in Prison for Guatemala Massacre
  • Guatemala ex-soldier sentenced to more than 5,000 years for 1982 massacre
  • More than 200 migrants detained on Guatemala-Mexico border as Trump OKs use of force
  • The Westport Big & Tall Spring/ Summer 2019 Photoshoot Captures a Life of Luxury
  • Dental mission trip brightens smiles in Guatemala
  • A Guatemalan Mother Could Lose Her Daughter, Because She’s an American
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Retired Guatemalan military officer sentenced for 1982 massacre
  • AMERICA/GUATEMALA - From the Missionary Congress the commitment to "missionary and Samaritan transformation" of parishes
  • A Guatemalan mother could lose her daughter, because she's an American
  • Guatemala Dos Erres massacre conviction welcomed
  • Smartphones up to 73% of Guatemala lines but 4G at just 10%
  • About 4,000 evacuated as volcano erupts in Guatemala
  • Immigrant Stories: Fleeing civil war in Guatemala
  • Business Attorney K. Todd Wallace publishes article on company data breach response plans
  • Boréal students, faculty headed to Guatemala for humanitarian mission
  • US sued for $60 million after Guatemalan one-year-old in detention later died
  • Connected to Guatemala: Art class to benefit mission
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Stark man spearheads fire equipment donation to Guatemala
  • Guatemala focal country of 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair
  • Report: Sara Netanyahu invited to diplomatic mission in Guatemala
  • Atrocity Alert No. 133 (28 November 2018): Syria, Burundi and Guatemala
  • Guatemala : Guatemalan products are exhibited at the Agriculture Fair
  • Guatemala : AGEXPORT Realizes commercial mission in Santiago de Chile
  • Family Law Attorney Janet P. Reed publishes second article in a series about Technology & Family Law practice
  • Guatemala implementa sistema de monitoreo y alerta temprana de seguridad alimentaria con el apoyo de Bioversity y CCAFS
  • Syrian Arab Republic: Atrocity Alert No. 133 (28 November 2018): Syria, Burundi and Guatemala
  • Guatemala implements a food security monitoring and early warning system supported by Bioversity and CCAFS
  • Coban Imperial Advances to Guatemalan League Playoffs
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala dock worker dangles in the air after crane crashes into his lifting platform
Guatemala Flag
Current Weather & Forecast
68°F
20°C
88%
Videos
  • The Beautiful Lake Atitlan (Lago Atitlán), Guatemala
  • Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala
  • Panajachel Solola Guatemala
  • la feria de Panajachel 2014
  • Panajachel Market Walk Through
  • CIUDAD DE QUETZALTENANGO
  • Panorama de las Américas - Guatemala
  • Guatemala Promotional video
  • Travel Guide to Antigua/Guatemala
Currency Exchange Rate
7.7473
Guatemala Quetzals
per US Dollar
U.S. State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
Calculate Airport-to-Airport and Driving Distances