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Guatemala: WFP Guatemala Country Brief, October 2019
TVS Motor Company opens flagship showroom in Guatemala
Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide
3 circus tigers abused in Guatemala have found a new home
Guatemala: Canciller asegura que acuerdo para dar protección a hondureños y salvadoreños está vigente y cumple con normas establecidas con EE. UU.
Marisa Murphy-Guerrero wins Unleash Your Fitness Masters 35+ challenge in Guatemala
Tourists caught vandalising sacred 1,300-year-old Mayan Tikal Temple in Guatemala
Guatemalan woman deported after conviction in deadly school bus crash is arrested for re-entering US
bG Gallery Hosts Exciting Solo Exhibition; "Give Us The Wind" by Ryan Schude
Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide
Demand for Cheap Christmas Trees Threatens Guatemalan Pine
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala indicts another officer for genocide
Planet SOS: Guatemala's illegal animal trade
Sheriff: 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in crash
3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in Salem crash
Update: Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala
3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in Oregon crash
Guatemala: Gobierno de Jimmy Morales benefició a más de un millón de familias con raciones alimentarias
Wedding Planning Market 2019 Global Analysis, Growth, Size, Share, Trends, Forecast to 2025
US flies 3 Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala
U.S. sends first Salvadoran back to Guatemala under asylum deal
U.S. blacklists Guatemalan ex-infrastructure minister for alleged corruption
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme
Athentikos: Middle Tennessee Ministers to Guatemalan Youth Through Art
Review: A Guatemalan father comes out in ‘Temblores,’ but his family and church want him back in
Ararat Mirzoyan receives Guatemala Parliament Vice-President
Teen Guatemalan migrant, dies from flu while inside U.S. Border Patrol cell: VIDEO
Guatemalan boy who died in federal custody was on the floor for hours before anyone found him, video shows
Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem
Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 3942019 - Volcán Santiaguito mantiene rango de 1 a 3 explosiones débiles y moderadas cada hora
Video Shows Sick Guatemalan Boy on Floor for Hours Before Death — Refuting Border Patrol’s Account
First Vice President of Guatemalan Parliament visits Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan
Armenia Deputy FM receives Guatemalan delegation
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Catholicos of All Armenians receives Guatemala Congress delegation
Martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family to be beatified in Guatemala 
Guatemala: Gobierno del presidente Morales finaliza entrega de 1.000 escrituras para familias damnificadas por erupción del volcán de Fuego
Guatemala President at Western Wall: Who loves Israel, G-d loves him
Guatemalan president to Israeli president: Your enemies are my enemies
Senate policy briefing called for recognition of the alternative to the Iranian regime
The special relationship between Guatemala and Israel
Guatemala will declare Hezbollah a terror organization
Tourism Minister Levin hosts president-elect of Guatemala
Christmas bazaar at Holy Trinity to raise money for Guatemala trip
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Karabakh Parliament Speaker receives Guatemala Congress First Vice-President
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
High:66°F (19°C)
Low:54°F (12°C)
Winds:NNE 6 MPH (9 KPH)
Precipitation:0.1
Today
Moderate or Heavy Rain Shower
High:68°F (20°C)
Low:55°F (13°C)
Winds:SSE 3 MPH (5 KPH)
Precipitation:3.0
Tomorrow
Patchy Rain
High:68°F (20°C)
Low:46°F (8°C)
Winds:SW 2 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:4.1
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
High:66°F (19°C)
Low:57°F (14°C)
Winds:SSE 5 MPH (8 KPH)
Precipitation:0.1
Thursday
Patchy Rain
High:65°F (18°C)
Low:56°F (14°C)
Winds:NNE 6 MPH (9 KPH)
Precipitation:0.4
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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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Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala
Current News in Guatemala
  • Guatemala: WFP Guatemala Country Brief, October 2019
  • TVS Motor Company opens flagship showroom in Guatemala
  • Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide
  • 3 circus tigers abused in Guatemala have found a new home
  • Guatemala: Canciller asegura que acuerdo para dar protección a hondureños y salvadoreños está vigente y cumple con normas establecidas con EE. UU.
  • Marisa Murphy-Guerrero wins Unleash Your Fitness Masters 35+ challenge in Guatemala
  • Tourists caught vandalising sacred 1,300-year-old Mayan Tikal Temple in Guatemala
  • Guatemalan woman deported after conviction in deadly school bus crash is arrested for re-entering US
  • bG Gallery Hosts Exciting Solo Exhibition; "Give Us The Wind" by Ryan Schude
  • Guatemala to try more former top military officials for Maya genocide
  • Demand for Cheap Christmas Trees Threatens Guatemalan Pine
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala indicts another officer for genocide
  • Planet SOS: Guatemala's illegal animal trade
  • Sheriff: 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in crash
  • 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in Salem crash
  • Update: Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala
  • 3 Guatemalan Christmas tree workers killed in Oregon crash
  • Guatemala: Gobierno de Jimmy Morales benefició a más de un millón de familias con raciones alimentarias
  • Wedding Planning Market 2019 Global Analysis, Growth, Size, Share, Trends, Forecast to 2025
  • US flies 3 Central American asylum seekers to Guatemala
  • U.S. sends first Salvadoran back to Guatemala under asylum deal
  • U.S. blacklists Guatemalan ex-infrastructure minister for alleged corruption
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme
  • Athentikos: Middle Tennessee Ministers to Guatemalan Youth Through Art
  • Review: A Guatemalan father comes out in ‘Temblores,’ but his family and church want him back in
  • Ararat Mirzoyan receives Guatemala Parliament Vice-President
  • Teen Guatemalan migrant, dies from flu while inside U.S. Border Patrol cell: VIDEO
  • Guatemalan boy who died in federal custody was on the floor for hours before anyone found him, video shows
  • Forced Conversion that Violates Human Rights Becomes an International Problem
  • Guatemala: Boletín Informativo No. 3942019 - Volcán Santiaguito mantiene rango de 1 a 3 explosiones débiles y moderadas cada hora
  • Video Shows Sick Guatemalan Boy on Floor for Hours Before Death — Refuting Border Patrol’s Account
  • First Vice President of Guatemalan Parliament visits Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan
  • Armenia Deputy FM receives Guatemalan delegation
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Catholicos of All Armenians receives Guatemala Congress delegation
  • Martyred religious brother from Wisconsin farm family to be beatified in Guatemala 
  • Guatemala: Gobierno del presidente Morales finaliza entrega de 1.000 escrituras para familias damnificadas por erupción del volcán de Fuego
  • Guatemala President at Western Wall: Who loves Israel, G-d loves him
  • Guatemalan president to Israeli president: Your enemies are my enemies
  • Senate policy briefing called for recognition of the alternative to the Iranian regime
  • The special relationship between Guatemala and Israel
  • Guatemala will declare Hezbollah a terror organization
  • Tourism Minister Levin hosts president-elect of Guatemala
  • Christmas bazaar at Holy Trinity to raise money for Guatemala trip
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Karabakh Parliament Speaker receives Guatemala Congress First Vice-President
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Current Weather & Forecast
61°F
16°C
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Currency Exchange Rate
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U.S. State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
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