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Guatemala: Fuego Volcano

On 3 June 2018, Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupted, producing lava, ash and dangerous gases resulting in at least 60 fatalities and numerous casualties. Many people are still missing – the towns of El Rodeo and La Libertad are presumed to be worst affected. Those near the volcano have been advised to evacuate immediately.

We advise all New Zealanders to stay away from the affected areas, and to follow the advice of local authorities including evacuation orders. Monitor local media to stay up to date with developments.

La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City was closed on 4 June 2018 due to ashfall, but has since reopened. New Zealanders travelling to or from Guatemala are advised to confirm their travel arrangements with their airline or travel agent directly, prior to travelling to the airport. If your travel is disrupted, ensure you keep all receipts to support your travel insurance claim.

For advice on keeping safe from volcanic ash please see the Ministry of Health’s website.

New Zealanders in Guatemala are advised to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

New Zealanders in Guatemala requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico on +52 55 528 39460 or via email at

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