2020-02-15: On Friday (14 February), authorities in Guatemala imposed increased security measures for the municipalities of Escuintla, Nueva Concepción, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Tiquisate, Puerto San José and Palín in the Escuintla Department as prevention against gang activities and other violent crimes. There will be an increased military and police presence in the affected areas to carry out search warrants and arrest operations. The measures are expected to last at least six days.
Heightened security measures and operations of security forces are to be expected. Armed clashes are possible during arrests of terror suspects. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to strictly avoid operations of security forces, and to follow instructions from security forces.