We advise Irish citizens in Guatemala to exercise a high degree of caution.
Latest travel alert
The Fuego volcano, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital Guatemala City, erupted on Sunday 3 June 2018. Guatemala City's international airport (La Aurora) closed on 3 June 2018 due to falling ash. The airport authorities reopened the airport at 0830 (local time) on 4 June but flights are operating at airlines' discretion. If you're due to fly to or from Guatemala City in the coming days you should check with your airline before you travel to the airport.
Access to Fuego, Pacaya and Acatenango volcanoes is currently prohibited. The Guatemalan authorities have declared a state of emergency in the departments of Sacatepéquez, Escuintla and Chimaltenango, so these areas should be avoided.
Visitors in the vicinity of Guatemala City, Antigua and other areas neighbouring Volcan Fuego should monitor local news and follow the advice of the Guatemalan authorities.
If you need help or advice you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, local tour guide or hotel management. If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
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- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
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- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:52:52 BST