The Embassy has received reports of planned demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, in the Chacao municipality of Caracas at Parque Cristal. The route and duration of the demonstration have not been announced. Additionally, a demonstration is planned for Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Plaza Las Tres Gracias, near the Universidad Central de Venezuela. During this time, there may be protests and roadblocks throughout Caracas and other major cities. Please avoid these areas during the demonstrations.
The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid these areas, as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence. Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas and sometimes rubber bullets. Affected areas may also experience traffic disruptions.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to regularly monitor local news to remain abreast of the current situation and to maintain a high level of vigilance at all times.
For more information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Venezuela.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba, at +58 212-975-6411 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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