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
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
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