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Donald Trump Wins Guatemala Vote on Asylum Deal
Worries on Graft, Violence After Giammattei Wins Guatemala
Guatemala Elects Right-wing Ex-prison Boss
Guatemala's new president faces U.S. challenges on migration
Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress
Conservative Alejandro Giammattei Declares Himself Guatemala’s New President
Anti-graft group's exit to test mettle of new Guatemala leader
Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote
Ms. America Pageant Comes to Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
Poverty, Violence and Migration, Challenges for Guatemala’s Next Leader
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala's president-elect wants to rewrite migration deal with US
A Right-Winger Just Triumphed In Guatemala’s Presidential Election
Guatemala’s next president says ‘safe third country’ deal needs two congress ratifications
Guatemala President-Elect: 'Safe Third Country' Concept Must Be Ratified in Both Nations - Report
US looks to work with new Guatemala president on migration
PM congratulates Guatemalan president-elect
Guatemala: La Dignidad recibirá a 59 familias de El Rancho, inhabitable por riesgo de lahares del volcán de Fuego
Guatemala's President-Elect Will Inherit Strained Relationship With U.S.
Ms. America Pageant Sponsor Alert The Globe will Livestream the 2019 Pageant
Centro signs Publicis Media as New User for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Other Countries
PM praises Guatemalan president-elect as ‘friend of Israel’
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala president-elect says US agreement not sustainable
New Guatemalan leader demands respect from Trump
Guatemala's next president says recent migration deal with U.S. a non-starter
Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei elected Guatemalan president
Only legal and political reform can stop Guatemala’s corruption and crime
President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US
President-elect: Guatemala Can't Do Migrant Deal With US
Google’s New App Campaign Features Supported By Consumer Acquisition’s AdRules Platform
President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US
Guatemala: Conred fortalece capacidad de respuesta de 14 comunidades ubicadas en la zona del volcán de Fuego
Costa Rica: Costa Rica y Guatemala fortalecen el acceso a la información y la regularización migratoria por medio de ventanillas informativas
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala's new president says migrant deal with Trump won't work
Guatemala elects new president: Alejandro Giammattei
Guatemala’s President-Elect Says His Country Can’t Meet Trump’s Safe Third Country Deal
How Guatemala's asylum agreement can help Trump's reelection
Guatemalas runoff election- Out of the frying pan, into the fire? People's World
Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers
2019 Global Surgical Sutures And Staples Market Driver, Trends And Supply Chain
Guatemala's President-Elect Seeks Changes to Immigration Agreement with US
Presidential Elections in Guatemala
Guatemala’s president-elect promises “sufficient testosterone”
Focus on children leads Kadlec provider to Guatemala
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Trump wants border-bound asylum seekers to find refuge in Guatemala instead. Guatemala isn’t ready.
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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Current News in Guatemala
  • Donald Trump Wins Guatemala Vote on Asylum Deal
  • Worries on Graft, Violence After Giammattei Wins Guatemala
  • Guatemala Elects Right-wing Ex-prison Boss
  • Guatemala's new president faces U.S. challenges on migration
  • Next Guatemala leader seeks better U.S. migrant deal, hindered by split Congress
  • Conservative Alejandro Giammattei Declares Himself Guatemala’s New President
  • Anti-graft group's exit to test mettle of new Guatemala leader
  • Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote
  • Ms. America Pageant Comes to Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
  • Poverty, Violence and Migration, Challenges for Guatemala’s Next Leader
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala's president-elect wants to rewrite migration deal with US
  • A Right-Winger Just Triumphed In Guatemala’s Presidential Election
  • Guatemala’s next president says ‘safe third country’ deal needs two congress ratifications
  • Guatemala President-Elect: 'Safe Third Country' Concept Must Be Ratified in Both Nations - Report
  • US looks to work with new Guatemala president on migration
  • PM congratulates Guatemalan president-elect
  • Guatemala: La Dignidad recibirá a 59 familias de El Rancho, inhabitable por riesgo de lahares del volcán de Fuego
  • Guatemala's President-Elect Will Inherit Strained Relationship With U.S.
  • Ms. America Pageant Sponsor Alert The Globe will Livestream the 2019 Pageant
  • Centro signs Publicis Media as New User for Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Other Countries
  • PM praises Guatemalan president-elect as ‘friend of Israel’
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala president-elect says US agreement not sustainable
  • New Guatemalan leader demands respect from Trump
  • Guatemala's next president says recent migration deal with U.S. a non-starter
  • Conservative candidate Alejandro Giammattei elected Guatemalan president
  • Only legal and political reform can stop Guatemala’s corruption and crime
  • President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US
  • President-elect: Guatemala Can't Do Migrant Deal With US
  • Google’s New App Campaign Features Supported By Consumer Acquisition’s AdRules Platform
  • President-elect says Guatemala can't do migrant deal with US
  • Guatemala: Conred fortalece capacidad de respuesta de 14 comunidades ubicadas en la zona del volcán de Fuego
  • Costa Rica: Costa Rica y Guatemala fortalecen el acceso a la información y la regularización migratoria por medio de ventanillas informativas
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala's new president says migrant deal with Trump won't work
  • Guatemala elects new president: Alejandro Giammattei
  • Guatemala’s President-Elect Says His Country Can’t Meet Trump’s Safe Third Country Deal
  • How Guatemala's asylum agreement can help Trump's reelection
  • Guatemalas runoff election- Out of the frying pan, into the fire? People's World
  • Perdue Statement on Meeting with Guatemalan Ministers
  • 2019 Global Surgical Sutures And Staples Market Driver, Trends And Supply Chain
  • Guatemala's President-Elect Seeks Changes to Immigration Agreement with US
  • Presidential Elections in Guatemala
  • Guatemala’s president-elect promises “sufficient testosterone”
  • Focus on children leads Kadlec provider to Guatemala
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Trump wants border-bound asylum seekers to find refuge in Guatemala instead. Guatemala isn’t ready.
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  • Atitlán 68°F
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  • Panajachel 68°F
  • Quetzaltenango 59°F
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
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