On March 11, 2019, the Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel. All consular services, routine and emergency, are suspended.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung will accompany Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council Juan Gonzalez on travel to Colombia, Argentina, and Uruguay, April 11–15, to engage with government officials. In Bogota, they will discuss economic recovery, security and rural development, the Venezuelan migrant crisis, and Colombia’s regional climate leadership. In Argentina and Uruguay, they will discuss regional priorities, including addressing the challenges of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic and threats to democracy, human rights, and security in our hemisphere and around the world. For media inquiries, please contact WHAPress@state.gov.