Millions of Americans travel abroad every year and encounter no difficulties. However, U.S. embassies and consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who are victims of crime, accident, or illness, or whose family and friends need to contact them in an emergency.
When an emergency happens, or if natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your foreign travel, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate is often your best source of help and information. However, your embassy can't help you if it doesn't know you are in the country.
Registering with the US Embassy
Registration at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Guatemala City makes your presence and whereabouts known, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in an emergency. During a disaster overseas, American consular officers can assist in evacuation were that to become necessary. But, again, your embassy cannot assist you if it don't know you are here.
Registration is particularly important for those who plan to stay in a country longer than one month, or who will travel to a country like Guatemala that periodically experiences civil unrest, has an unstable political climate, or regularly experiences natural disasters such as earthquakes or a hurricane.
In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare or whereabouts may not be released to inquirers without your expressed written authorizations. Registration through the website is not considered proof of citizenship. Remember to leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers or copies of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative in the United States.
This web-site is not a function of the United States government or of the United States Embassy in Guatemala. Most of the information on this web-site was selected from Guatemala.USembassy.gov, www.State.gov and www.FEMA.gov. Additional valuable information for international travelers can be found on all three of these web-sites.