Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Guayaquil (March 17, 2023)

Location: Guayaquil, Babahoyo, and Quevedo.

Event:  Local authorities are anticipating a temporary increase in gang violence starting as soon as this weekend in Guayaquil, Babahoyo, and Quevedo.  Bystanders could be impacted.  The most likely areas of Guayaquil to be impacted are Nueva Prosperina, Duran, South Guayaquil, and the Litoral Prison.

  • Exercise caution and maintain increased vigilance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid large gatherings.
  • Monitor local news for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.


  • U.S. 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)