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Guatemala Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 02, 2003

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to the possibility of civil disturbances and blockades throughout Guatemala. This supersedes the Public Announcement of April 2, 2003, and expires on January 15, 2004.

Roadblocks and other demonstrations by various groups and in multiple locations frequently appear in Guatemala with little or no notice. Protest activities by a variety of groups are anticipated in the months prior to the scheduled November 2003 presidential election.

Most demonstrations in Guatemala have been peaceful, but increasing numbers are turning violent. Travelers should avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. The use of roadblocks and/or blocking of public facilities, including the international airports, has increased, and demonstrators may prevent tourists caught behind the blockades from leaving.

U.S. citizens visiting or residing in Guatemala should monitor local media reports and consult hotel personnel and tour guides to see if there is protest activity that justifies suspension of travel. U.S. citizens may also consult with the Consular section of the U.S. Embassy for updated security information.

For further information on travel to Guatemala, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov. The U.S. Embassy is located in Guatemala at 7-01 Avenida la Reforma, Zone 10; telephone (011-502-331-1541); website at http://usembassy.state.gov/guatemala.

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