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Escuintla: Gobierno de Guatemala asegura salud de afectados por erupción volcánica
Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano where 110 died
New evacuations near Guatemala volcano set off panic
‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala
‘I can’t go without my son,’ a mother pleaded as she was deported to Guatemala
Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano
Guatemala ends search efforts after Fuego volcano eruption kills 110, leaves 197 missing
Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for
Merck Foundation starts its first Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa
Guatemala ends search efforts for victims near Fuego volcano after eruption kills 110
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano
Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano eruption
Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano...
Guatemala ends search for volcano victims with 200 still missing
Guatemala: 110 Killed in Volcano Eruption, Search for Missing Ends
Quake of 5.6 magnitude strikes Guatemala - USGS
Mag 5.6 quake hits deep below Guatemala; no damage reports
5.6 magnitude quake shakes Guatemala; no damage reported
Signed prints by Picasso and Chagall, Chinese Ming and Qing dynasty antiques, more at Ahlers & Ogletree's June 24th sale
Mag 5.6 quake hits deep below Guatemala; no damage reports
Strong quakes hit Japan, Guatemala
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala hit with 5.6 magnitude quake
Still recovering from volcano, 5.6 magnitude quake shakes Guatemala
News24.com | Guatemalan accused of murdering his American girlfriend in Camps Bay expected in court
Guatemalan accused of murdering his American girlfriend in Camps Bay expected in court
Strong earthquake hits Guatemala
Strong Earthquakes Strike Japan, Guatemala Within Hours of Each Other
Strong quakes hit Japan, killing at least 2, and Guatemala
ZAGG Network pitches way to BEF 2018; becomes Silver Sponsor
Strong quakes hit Japan, Guatemala
Earthquake kills at least 3 in Japan. Another quake hits Guatemala
5.6 magnitude quake jolts Guatemala
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly...
Search called off for almost 200 still missing after Guatemalan volcano
Spread across 2 countries and 3 states, a Guatemalan immigrant family waits for ICE to decide their future
Guatemala - Earthquake and volcanic eruption (DG ECHO, GDACS, USGS, CONRED, Local media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 18 June 2018)
Moving reunion among highlights of detective’s latest Guatemala visit
Guatemala: A step back in time to Maya civilisation
MHRMI Condemns the West's Portrayal of Potential Macedonia Name Change as a "Victory"
Gobierno de Guatemala invertirá 230 millones de quetzales para reconstruir Ruta Nacional 14
Guatemala: A step back in time to Maya civilisation
Guatemala Volcano Search Called Off; Nearly 200 Still Missing
Guatemala volcano search called off
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Guatemala Congratulates Duque on His Colombia Presidential Election Victory
Today
Light Rain Shower
High:61°F (16°C)
Low:50°F (10°C)
Winds:SSE 2 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:10.4
Tomorrow
Light Rain Shower
High:63°F (17°C)
Low:50°F (10°C)
Winds:SSE 3 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:2.9
Saturday
Patchy Rain
High:63°F (17°C)
Low:52°F (11°C)
Winds:SSE 2 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:6.3
Sunday
Moderate or Heavy Rain Shower
High:63°F (17°C)
Low:50°F (10°C)
Winds:SSE 2 MPH (4 KPH)
Precipitation:16.3
Monday
Light Rain Shower
High:66°F (19°C)
Low:52°F (11°C)
Winds:SE 2 MPH (3 KPH)
Precipitation:14.4
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Panajachel Market Walk Through
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Guatemala Promotional video
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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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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Current News in Guatemala
  • Escuintla: Gobierno de Guatemala asegura salud de afectados por erupción volcánica
  • Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano where 110 died
  • New evacuations near Guatemala volcano set off panic
  • ‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala
  • ‘I can’t go without my son,’ a mother pleaded as she was deported to Guatemala
  • Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano
  • Guatemala ends search efforts after Fuego volcano eruption kills 110, leaves 197 missing
  • Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly 200 unaccounted for
  • Merck Foundation starts its first Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa
  • Guatemala ends search efforts for victims near Fuego volcano after eruption kills 110
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala ends victim searches at volcano
  • Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano eruption
  • Guatemala ends search for people buried by volcano...
  • Guatemala ends search for volcano victims with 200 still missing
  • Guatemala: 110 Killed in Volcano Eruption, Search for Missing Ends
  • Quake of 5.6 magnitude strikes Guatemala - USGS
  • Mag 5.6 quake hits deep below Guatemala; no damage reports
  • 5.6 magnitude quake shakes Guatemala; no damage reported
  • Signed prints by Picasso and Chagall, Chinese Ming and Qing dynasty antiques, more at Ahlers & Ogletree's June 24th sale
  • Mag 5.6 quake hits deep below Guatemala; no damage reports
  • Strong quakes hit Japan, Guatemala
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala hit with 5.6 magnitude quake
  • Still recovering from volcano, 5.6 magnitude quake shakes Guatemala
  • News24.com | Guatemalan accused of murdering his American girlfriend in Camps Bay expected in court
  • Guatemalan accused of murdering his American girlfriend in Camps Bay expected in court
  • Strong earthquake hits Guatemala
  • Strong Earthquakes Strike Japan, Guatemala Within Hours of Each Other
  • Strong quakes hit Japan, killing at least 2, and Guatemala
  • ZAGG Network pitches way to BEF 2018; becomes Silver Sponsor
  • Strong quakes hit Japan, Guatemala
  • Earthquake kills at least 3 in Japan. Another quake hits Guatemala
  • 5.6 magnitude quake jolts Guatemala
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala volcano search called off with nearly...
  • Search called off for almost 200 still missing after Guatemalan volcano
  • Spread across 2 countries and 3 states, a Guatemalan immigrant family waits for ICE to decide their future
  • Guatemala - Earthquake and volcanic eruption (DG ECHO, GDACS, USGS, CONRED, Local media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 18 June 2018)
  • Moving reunion among highlights of detective’s latest Guatemala visit
  • Guatemala: A step back in time to Maya civilisation
  • MHRMI Condemns the West's Portrayal of Potential Macedonia Name Change as a "Victory"
  • Gobierno de Guatemala invertirá 230 millones de quetzales para reconstruir Ruta Nacional 14
  • Guatemala: A step back in time to Maya civilisation
  • Guatemala Volcano Search Called Off; Nearly 200 Still Missing
  • Guatemala volcano search called off
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Guatemala Congratulates Duque on His Colombia Presidential Election Victory
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Current Weather & Forecast
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15°C
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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
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Guatemala Quetzals
per US Dollar
U.S. State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
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