Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Asuncion (Paraguay), Pro/Anti-American Demonstrations near Embassy

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that both pro/anti-American groups are scheduled to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy along Avenida Mariscal Lopez on January 20, 2017.

The Embassy has instructed official personnel today to avoid the main Embassy entrance along Avenida Mariscal Lopez and recommends that U.S. citizens consider avoiding any unscheduled visits to the Embassy via the main entrance.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Paraguay enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes is easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Paraguay.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council