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Demonstration Alert: Guatemala, President Giammattei Inauguration

Location: Throughout Guatemala


Event: President Giammattei Inauguration


The Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration will occur on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with formal events scheduled throughout the day.  Due to the anticipated large crowds, traffic, and potential for protests, the Embassy has cautioned personnel and family members to avoid Zone 1.  Areas scheduled as part of the inauguration program including the following locations:


Miguel Angel Asturias Cultural Center

Palacio Legislativo

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

National Cathedral


Other areas that may be affected by inauguration events include local hotels in Zone 10 and La Aurora International Airport from January 13, 2020 through January 15, 2020. 


The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.  Embassy operations are normal.


Actions to Take:


o   Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.

o   Monitor local news for updates.   

o   Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.  

o   Avoid affected areas, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.



o   U.S. Embassy Guatemala City


Tel. (502) 2326-4000


o   State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

o   Guatemala Country Information

o   Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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