Security alert: US Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador (Nov. 1, 2022)

The following email arrived overnight (Nov. 1/Nov 2). News stories have already been published, but this might add a little information, or at least catch the attention of anyone who hasn’t seen the latest news…

Date: November 1, 2022
Location: Guayaquil and Esmeraldas

Event: The Government of Ecuador declared November 1 a 30-day State of Emergency for Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces in response to ongoing coordinated attacks by transnational criminal groups and local gangs. The order permits the government to increase police presence in the affected provinces and imposes a daily 9 PM curfew each night. Violent attacks on police and public spaces in Guayas and Esmeraldas provinces continue. We urge you to remain vigilant, avoid public and crowded areas and venues, and closely monitor the situation for updates.

Please take the following actions:
> Exercise extreme caution and maintain increased vigilance in Guayaquil and Esmeraldas.
> Be aware of your surroundings and avoid large gatherings.
> Limit travel to daylight hours.
> Monitor local news for updates.
> Keep a low profile.
> Enroll in STEP to receive security updates. (

> US Embassy Quito, Ecuador
> +(593)(2) 398-5000
> +(593)(2) 398-5000(after hours)

> U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador
> +(593)(4) 371-7000
> +(593)(4) 371-7000(after hours)

David Johns

City: Cuenca
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