American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on November 15, 2018

AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES TO OFFER PASSPORT RENEWAL AND NOTARY APPOINTMENTS IN MARACAIBO ON NOVEMBER 15TH, 2018 The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela will travel to Maracaibo on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Valencia on November 8, 2018

AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES TO OFFER PASSPORT RENEWAL AND NOTARY APPOINTMENTS IN VALENCIA ON NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018 The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela will travel to Valencia on Thursday, November 8th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Venezuela – October 5, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Venezuela  October 5, 2018 Location: Caracas Event: Large gathering starting at 9:00 am in front of Procuraduria General de la Republica, Avenida Los Ilustres, Caracas.  The event may spill over into nearby neighborhoods. There may also be other large gatherings at various locations throughout the country. Actions to Take: U.S. ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on October 15, 2018

AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES TO OFFER PASSPORT RENEWAL AND NOTARY APPOINTMENTS IN MARACAIBO ON OCTOBER 15, 2018 The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela will travel to Maracaibo on Monday, October 15, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this ...
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Venezuela Treasury Sanctions

  Blocking property of additional persons contributing to the situation in Venezuela (November 1, 2018) The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities (September 25, 2018) Treasury Targets Venezuelan President Maduro’s Inner Circle and Proceeds of Corruption in the United States (September 25, 2018) OFAC publishes changes to the purchase of PDVSA 2020 bonus and also expands 2 new issues in the frequently asked questions (July 19, 2018) Treasury Targets Influential Former Venezuelan Official and His Corruption Network (May 18, 2018) Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption (March 19, 2018) Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials (November 9, 2017) Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela  (August 25, 2017) Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly (August 9, 2017) Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela (July 31, 2017) Treasury Sanctions Eight Members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (May 18, 2017)
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Venezuela September 11, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Venezuela September 11, 2018 Location: Caracas Event: Protest march departing from Chacaito’s Plaza Brion at 9 A.M., passing the Ministry of Communes and Avenida Francisco Solano until Plaza Venezuela, then toward Torre la Previsora passing Avenida Las Acacias through Avenidad Libertador until arriving at the CANTV Headquarters. Actions to Take: ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela August 21, 2018

Location: Various locations throughout Venezuela. Event: Strikes and protests are scheduled to take place throughout Venezuela on August 21, and may continue throughout the week. Actions to Take: U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area of any demonstration and large gatherings. U.S. citizens should also avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Monitor local media ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela

Location: Caracas metropolitan area Event: A march across the Caracas metropolitan area is planned to take place on August 13, 2018.  The march will leave from Petare, will cross Chacao, Chacaíto, Ave. Francisco Solano, La Previsora, Ave. Libertador, Cantv, and Plaza Morelos until arriving at Parque Carabobo in downtown Caracas. Actions to Take: U.S. government ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018 Location: Caracas Event: The U.S. Embassy has lifted the additional special movement restrictions on U.S. government personnel imposed after the incident at the Bolivarian National Guard Ceremony on August 4, 2018. The U.S. Embassy is open. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations. Assistance: · U.S. Embassy, ...
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      Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela August 5, 2018     Location: Caracas   Event: Incident at Bolivarian National Guard Ceremony on August 4, 2018.   Actions to Take: The shelter in place restriction on U.S. government personnel has been lifted. However, U.S. government personnel are instructed to remain in the ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela August 4, 2018 Location: Caracas Event: Incident at Bolivarian National Guard Ceremony at 18:00 local time. Actions to Take: U.S. government personnel have been instructed to shelter in place until further notice. U.S. citizens should seek secure shelter, keep a low profile, avoid crowds, and avoid demonstrations. Monitor ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Renewal of Travel Advisory for Venezuela – May 15, 2018

  Message for U.S. Citizens: Renewal of Travel Advisory for Venezuela The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Venezuela on May 15, 2018.  The Department continues to advise travelers to reconsider travel to Venezuela.  This replaces the Travel Advisory issued on January 10, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory follows: ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo, Zulia

Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo, Zulia July 13, 2018 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo is temporarily closed until further notice.  Any citizen needing routine or emergency services should contact the U.S. Embassy in Caracas using the contact information below. Assistance: · ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on July 9th, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo on Monday, July 9th 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the United ...
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U.S. Announcements in Response to May 20 Venezuelan Elections

  Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela (May 21, 2018) Executive Order Prohibiting Certain Additional Transactions with Respect to Venezuela (May 21, 2018) Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections (May 21, 2018) Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela (May 21, 2018) U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green on Venezuelan Sham Elections (May 22, 2018)  
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela May 15, 2018 Event: The relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel on May 14 has sparked protests worldwide, including at least one in Venezuela. A protest occurred outside the U.S. Embassy in Caracas on May 15. Additional protests may take place and could become violent. Actions to ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela May 11, 2018

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela May 11, 2018 Location: Various locations throughout Venezuela Event: Various gatherings and demonstrations are planned to take place in the days prior to the May 20 Venezuelan elections.  Similar events may continue after May 20. Actions to Take: U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area of any demonstration and large ...
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U.S. Assistance to Vulnerable Venezuelans

United States Continues To Assist Venezuelans in Need  (September 25, 2018) Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Regional Migration and Humanitarian Crisis — Flows from Venezuela Event (September 25, 2018) United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Aid For Venezuelans In Colombia  (August 8, 2018) United States announces additional Humanitarian Aid for Venezuelans in Colombia (July 16, 2018) Remarks by Vice President Pence to Migrant Community at the Santa Catarina Shelter (June 27, 2018) United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need  (June 26, 2018) Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance for Venezuelans in Colombia  (May 8, 2018) Remarks by Vice President Pence During a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States  (May 7, 2018) Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need  (March 20, 2018)
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Operations at U.S. Consular Agency In Maracaibo, April 30, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Operations at U.S. Consular Agency In Maracaibo, Zulia April 30, 2018 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo has resumed operations effective April 30, 2018. The U.S. Consular Agency offers guidance on U.S. citizens’ services for the Maracaibo district. Please note, the office does not ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela April 26, 2018

Location: Confirmed cases of measles have been reported in the following Venezuelan states: Bolivar (especially the Municipality of Caroni) Capital District (Caracas) Miranda Monagas Delta Amacuro Apure Anzoátegui Vargas Event: Venezuela is experiencing a measles outbreak. Actions to Take: Review your health records with your medical provider to ensure you are properly vaccinated. Visit the  Centers for Disease C ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo, Zulia April 25, 2018

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo is closed temporarily, until further notice. Any citizen needing routine or emergency services should contact the U.S. Embassy in Caracas using the contact information below. Assistance: U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela https://ve.usembassy.gov/ For all inquiries about ACS services email acsvenezuela@state.gov or call +58 (212) 975-6411 ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Margarita Island on Friday, May 4th, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Margarita Island on Friday, May 4th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the ...
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Venezuela 2017 Human Rights Report

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 Preface We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights ...
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Transit Visa Interviews

Public Affairs Office Media Unit Tel: 907- 8550; Fax: 907- 8243 ve.usembassy.gov TRANSIT VISA INTERVIEWS Thousands of travelers are affected by airline suspensions between Venezuela and Panama. In order to facilitate travel through the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas advises stranded travelers that emergency transit visa interview appointments are available. The Department of State ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Funding to Colombia to Help Displaced Venezuelans

March 20, 2018 Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need Click here for the full statement: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/03/279413.htm ### March 20, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Nikki Haley on U.S. Humanitarian Funding to Colombia to Help Displaced Venezuelans Click here for the full statement: https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8344 #### March 20, 2018 Statement by Administrator Mark Green on U.S. ...
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Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release:           MARCH 19, 2018 Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption   MARCH 19, 2018 Washington – Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela March 16, 2018

  Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela March 16, 2018 Location: Cities throughout Venezuela, including five locations in the greater Caracas area. Specific gathering points are unknown at this time. Event: The Frente Amplio Venezuela Libre group has called for several gatherings to take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 17, in protest against the Maduro ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela March 12, 2018

  Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela March 12, 2018 Location: United Nations offices, Altamira, Caracas, Venezuela Event: A demonstration is planned for today beginning at 9 AM. The motive for the demonstration is to protest against UN observation of the May 20 elections. Actions to Take: U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area of the demonstration. U.S. citizens ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on March 19 and 20, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo on Monday, March 19th and Tuesday 20th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be ...
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Presidential Elections Announced in Venezuela

The United States denounces the decision by Venezuela’s National Electoral Council to unilaterally advance presidential elections without guarantees to ensure free, fair, and internationally-validated elections. These elections do not have the agreement of all political parties and limit the ability of individuals to run in the election. By denying participation in the electoral process, the ...
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Secretary Tillerson and the U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas February 1, 2018   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela

Location: PDV Gas Station, Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela Event: A demonstration began on January 30, 2018 around 11:00 AM.  The motive for the protest is unknown at this time. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area of the demonstration. U.S. citizens should also avoid the area. Assistance: U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela +58
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 26, 2018 Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, ...
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Venezuela’s Snap Presidential Elections (January 24, 2018)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 24, 2018 The United States strongly rejects the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for snap presidential elections before April 30. This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions. It would not reflect the will of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Rejects Unfounded Allegations Regarding the Death of Mr. Tomas Lucena

  Press Statement Public Affairs Office Media Unit Caracas. January 19, 2018 U.S. Embassy Rejects Unfounded Allegations Regarding the Death of Mr. Tomas Lucena January 19, 2018, Caracas. The Embassy of the United States of America in Venezuela emphatically rejects President Maduro’s unfounded public assertions on January 11 that the United States was involved in the ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal / notary appointments in Valencia on January 29, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Valencia on Monday, January 29, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the ...
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U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants

Press Release Public Affairs Section Press Section Caracas, Venezuela January 10, 2018 U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants The U.S. Embassy in Caracas will resume scheduling new appointments for first-time business or tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants on January 17, 2018. First-time applicants for a B-1/B-2 visa may pay the application ...
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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal in Maracaibo (week of January 15th, 2018)

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo the week of January 15th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to:  ·         Renew a U.S. passport Appointments will be limited and preference will be ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Venezuela: Small-Scale Protests Throughout Venezuela

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens that numerous small-scale, sometimes violent protests are taking place throughout Venezuela in reaction to general shortages of medicine, food, gasoline, and electricity. The political and security situation in Venezuela is unpredictable and can change quickly. It is possible that these protests will continue over the coming weeks and months. U.S. ...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires presses Holt case in first meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister

US Embassy – Venezuela Press Release Public Affairs Section Press Section U.S. Chargé d’Affaires presses Holt case in first meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister December 28, 2017 The Honorable Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p., met with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on December 28, 2017. During their frank 20 minute meeting, Chargé Robinson called on the ...
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Illegitimate Constituent Assembly Undermining Democracy in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Washington, DC December 22, 2017 The United States condemns the illegitimate Constituent Assembly’s continued attacks on Venezuelan democracy. On December 20, it passed a decree to effectively ban certain political opposition parties from participating in the 2018 presidential election. The Venezuelan people deserve better. The U.S. calls for respect for the ...
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Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation (December 21, 2017)

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Tillerson Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation December 21, 2017 Today, alongside the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuse and engaged in corruption around ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Precautions

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that violent crime is pervasive throughout Venezuela. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime. U.S. Embassy employees are highly discouraged from walking outside from dusk to dawn due to the potential for robbery, including armed robbery.  ...
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Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. arrives in Venezuela (December 18, 2017)

Boletín de Prensa Oficina Informativa y Cultural Sección de Prensa Caracas, December 18, 2017 Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. arrives in Venezuela The Honorable Todd Robinson arrived in Venezuela today and assumed the post of Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. Mr. Robinson is a professional diplomat with personal rank of Minister ...
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National Security Strategy Fact Sheet (December 18, 2017)

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCES A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S INTERESTS “Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ...
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Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid for the Venezuelan People (December 15, 2017)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 15, 2017 Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid for the Venezuelan People   The United States stands with the Venezuelan people, and supports their efforts to resolve the economic, political, and humanitarian crises facing their country.  We remain deeply concerned that the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest at U.S. Embassy (December 15, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest at U.S. Embassy (December 15, 2017) The U.S. Embassy received reports that a demonstration is planned to protest the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The demonstration is planned for this Friday, December 15, in the early afternoon ...
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Prolonged Detention of Joshua Holt (December 14, 2017)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2017 Prolonged Detention of Joshua Holt On December 12, U.S. citizen Joshua Holt was charged after more than 17 months of detention. U.S. Embassy personnel were not permitted to observe Mr. Holt’s court hearing on December 12. The United States remains extremely concerned for Mr. ...
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Venezuela’s Undemocratic Electoral Process (December 11, 2017)

The United States condemns President Maduro’s threat to ban opposition parties from participating in next year’s presidential elections. The Venezuelan people deserve the right to express their views and consent to governance through a free and fair democratic process that is open to all candidates. A presidential election cannot be legitimate if candidates and parties ...
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Statement by Secretary of State: International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2017)

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are ...
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Presidential Proclamation Fully Implemented Today (December 8, 2017)

The Department of State is fully implementing Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats), as the Supreme Court’s December 4, 2017 orders permit. The Department began implementing the full Proclamation at the opening of business (local time) at U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Municipal Elections December 10

December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela informs all U.S. citizens of the upcoming municipal elections, scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Although no demonstrations have been announced, it is reasonable to expect traffic disruptions or large gatherings over the weekend related to elections. Also, increased visibility of security and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests Due to U.S. Announcement regarding Israel

December 6, 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Embassy Caracas reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 Remarks by Secretary of State: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, ...
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Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials (November 9, 2017)

Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials 11/9/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated ten current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  These individuals are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela.  This designation ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Restrictions on U.S. Diplomat Movement Policy

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas informs all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that the policy regarding the movements of U.S. diplomats and their family members in Caracas and elsewhere in Venezuela has been updated.  As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times and to ...
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Anti-Democratic Actions by Maduro Regime in Venezuela (November 7, 2017)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 7, 2017 Anti-Democratic Actions by Maduro Regime in Venezuela The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s increasing disrespect for democracy and fundamental human rights in Venezuela. By attempting to strip the democratically elected National Assembly’s Vice President and opposition leader Freddy Guevara of his parliamentary immunity ...
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Lima Group’s Declaration on Venezuela (October 27, 2017)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON October 27, 2017 Lima Group’s Declaration on Venezuela The United States welcomes the Lima Group’s leadership in addressing the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. The Lima Group’s recent declaration in Toronto — including its support for the provision of humanitarian ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning Update

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Venezuela due to concerns regarding violent crime, pervasive food and medicine shortages, and social unrest. Effective October 23, 2017, ordered departure of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and authorized departure of U.S. direct-hire government personnel ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Kidnapping in Valle Arriba on October 22

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas would like to inform all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that a kidnapping occurred the evening of Sunday, October 22, 2017 at approximately 8:00 PM on the Carretera Vieja de Baruta near the Centro Comercial Valle Arriba. As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela (October 16, 2017)

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson October 16, 2017 Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela The United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15 gubernatorial elections. We condemn the lack of ...
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Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela (October 12, 2017)

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson October 12, 2017 Gubernatorial Elections in Venezuela The Venezuelan people deserve to have their voices heard through their nation’s Gubernatorial Elections this Sunday, October 15.  The United States and the international community are paying close attention to this vote.  ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Notice Regarding Social Security Services (September 29, 2017)

Message for U.S. Citizens NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES (Sept 29, 2017) The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Caracas, Venezuela who require social ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Restrictions on U.S. Diplomat Movement Policy (September 25, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas informs all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that the policy regarding the movements of U.S. citizen diplomats and their family members in Caracas and elsewhere in Venezuela has been updated.  As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Ongoing Demonstration in Chacao Area (September 25, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that Opposition supporters have blocked Francisco de Miranda and Elice Streets in the Chacao district of Caracas. The Chacao police are at the scene and the Embassy has received reports that the police have already deployed tear gas and non-lethal ammunition against the demonstrators. The situation is ongoing and U.S. diplomats have ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures (September 24, 2017)

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures New security measures establish minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (September 19, 2017)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 19, 2017 Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is ...
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Supporting Good Faith Negotiations Among Venezuelans (September 15, 2017)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON September 15, 2017 Supporting Good Faith Negotiations Among Venezuelans   The United States reiterates its call for the complete restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We support earnest negotiations in good faith that will achieve this goal. We call attention ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson –  Criminalizing Dissent in Venezuela (August 30, 2017)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON August 30, 2017 Criminalizing Dissent in Venezuela The United States condemns the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for trials of the political opposition, including members of the democratically-elected legislature, on charges of treason and alleged involvement in Venezuela’s ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 28

  United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 28 (Aug 28, 2017) The U.S. Embassy has received reports that a group of opposition supporters are planning to march from Plaza Alfredo Sadel towards the U.S. Embassy Monday, August 28, at an undetermined time. The ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela (August 25, 2017)

Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela August 25, 2017. President Donald J. Trump has signed an Executive Order imposing strong, new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela. The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Military Exercises Scheduled for August 26-27

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Military Exercises Scheduled for August 26-27 (August 24, 2017) The U.S. Embassy in Caracas advises U.S. citizens to be aware that exercises by the Venezuelan military are scheduled throughout the country the weekend of August 26-27 in apparent reaction to recent U.S. Government comments on Venezuela. ...
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Press Statement: Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian committee operating above the law. In our view, the democratically-elected National Assembly is the only ...
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VENEZUELA 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 15 (Aug 14, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 15 (Aug 14, 2017) The U.S. Embassy has received reports on social media that opposition supporters are planning to gather outside the U.S. Embassy tomorrow Tuesday, August 15, at an undetermined time. The U.S. Embassy will be operating ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government March Scheduled for August 14 (Aug 14, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Government March Scheduled for August 14 (Aug 14, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that a pro-government march been scheduled for Monday, August 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Possible gathering points include Avenida Libertador and CANTV headquarters, converging on the presidential palace, Palacio Miraflores.   U.S. Embassy ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela (Aug. 11, 2017)

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela Today, Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with President Donald J. Trump. Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March Scheduled for August 12 (Aug 11, 2017)

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Plaza Bolivar Protest (Aug 9, 2017)

  United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Plaza Bolivar Protest (Aug 9, 2017) The Embassy has received reports of a planned demonstration starting at 5 p.m. in the Chacao neighborhood of Caracas at the Plaza Bolivar. The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protest areas and are reminded that ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly 8/9/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m., August 8 (August 8, 2017)

  United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m., August 8 (August 8, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that the opposition is calling for protests and improvised roadblocks to begin around 12:00 p.m. today, August 8.  Gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are subject ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Valencia; Roadblocks in Caracas (Aug 6, 2017)

U.S. diplomats are restricted to the Valle Arriba and Santa Fe areas in Caracas until further notice. A bridge in Las Mercedes has been blocked by demonstrators in both directions. The Embassy has received reports of demonstrations following an apparent ‎attempted rebellion at a military base in Valencia (2hrs west of Caracas). Venezuelan military commanders ...
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Venezuela’s Illegitimate National Constituent Assembly (August 3, 2017)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 3, 2017   The United States considers the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly the illegitimate product of a flawed process designed by the Maduro dictatorship to further its assault on democracy. The process was rigged from the start, from the irregular manner in which the election was ...
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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela (July 31, 2017)

Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela 7/31/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Santa Fe Distribuidor Blocked (July 29, 2017)

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m. July 28 (July 28, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m. July 28 (July 28, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that the opposition is calling for protests and improvised roadblocks to begin around 12:00 p.m. today, July 28.  Gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are subject to ...
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VENEZUELAN TRAVEL WARNING

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Venezuela due to social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages. This travel warning also informs U.S. citizens that on July 27, the Department ordered the departure of family members and authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government employees from the U.S. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: EMBASSY CLOSED July 26 & 27; Strikes and Protests Planned Throughout Country

The Embassy has received reports of a 48-hour general strike beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, and ending at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 28. During this time, there may be protests and roadblocks throughout Caracas and other major cities. U.S. diplomats will be restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba neighborhoods. Given ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: July 25 – 29

The opposition has called for a general strike to occur Wednesday and Thursday of this week. We expect most businesses to be closed and movement for U.S. diplomats to be restricted to the Valle Arriba and Santa Fe areas. Similar hindrances to movement could persist beyond Th‎ursday.  We advise taking appropriate preparatory measures, including gathering ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: EMBASSY CLOSED July 20; Strikes and Protests Planned Throughout Country

The Embassy has received reports of a 24-hour general strike beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 20, until 6 a.m. Friday, July 21.  We expect there to be protests, with improvised roadblocks, throughout Caracas and other major cities.  U.S. Embassy personnel will be restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba during that time. Given operational challenges expected during the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Events July 14-16

The Embassy has received reports of multiple, possibly conflicting events scheduled this weekend. The Opposition plans to hold a nation-wide straw poll July 16 against the constituent assembly with thousands of polling centers.  Simultaneously, the government will hold a dry run of the July 30 constituent assembly elections. Expect polling sites to have increased activity ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: July 13 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of an evening march scheduled for today, July 13 starting at 5 p.m. The announced gathering points include but are not limited to Altamira, La Carlota, Las Mercedes and Campo Alegre. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the aforementioned areas during the late afternoon and evening hours. U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: July 10 Protests

The Embassy has received reports that protesters will use improvised roadblocks at many locations in Caracas from 10am-8pm today, July 10.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been recommended to shelter in place should roadblocks occur. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly.  Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: July 9 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for today, July 9, starting at 11 a.m.  The stated gathering point is El Chacaito (Plaza Brion‎ and Francisco de Miranda Avenue). However, routes and gathering points are subject to change.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the El Chacaito area. U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: July 6 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for Thursday, July 6, starting at 11 a.m.  There are various gathering points throughout the city. However, routes remain unclear at this time and are subject to change.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba starting at 11 a.m. today. U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closed July 4-5 and Upcoming Protests

The Embassy will be closed July 4 and 5 in observance of U.S. and Venezuelan Independence Day Holidays, respectively. The Embassy has received reports that protesters will use improvised roadblocks at many locations in Caracas from 12pm-6pm Tuesday, July 4. U.S. Embassy personnel will be restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba during that time. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: July 1 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for Saturday, July 1. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the following areas: Distribuidor Santa Fe Altamira Caurimare Plaza Las Américas Plaza Brion, Chacaíto Bello Monte ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 29 Protests

UPDATE:  The Embassy is receiving reports of confrontations with law enforcement and protesters in the following additional areas: Las Mercedes by the Centro Venezolano Americano, Avenida Principal, and Tolon Francisco Miranda from La Floresta to Lazo Marti in Chacaito Distribuidor Altamira The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for today, June 29. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 28 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of marches and roadblocks throughout Caracas beginning around noon today, June 28. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. However, road closures and demonstrations in historically utilized areas are likely. U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted to the Valle Arriba and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 27 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of demonstrations scheduled for today, June 27, in the Las Mercedes area. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand.   U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the Las Mercedes area. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 26 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a demonstrations scheduled for today, June 26. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. However, road closures and demonstrations in historically utilized areas are likely. U.S. Embassy personnel will be restricted to the Valle Arriba and Santa Fe areas ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Protests Scheduled for June 23 and 24

UPDATE: There are reports of roads being blocked in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy.  All U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to refrain from attempting to return to the Embassy until after the sit-ins have dispersed. The Embassy has received reports of marches and roadblocks planned for today, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 22 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for today, Thursday June 22.  Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. However, U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the following areas: Bello Monte Distribuidor de Santa Fe Altamira Santa Monica U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 21 Protests

The Embassy has received reports that the march scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 has been rescheduled to this evening, Wednesday June 21. Not all gathering points and routes are clear at this time and they are often coordinated only hours beforehand. However, U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid Las Mercedes, Altamira, Chacao, Chacaito, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 20 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of an evening march scheduled for Tuesday, June 20.  Not all gathering points and routes are clear at this time and they are often coordinated only hours beforehand. However, U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid Las Mercedes, Altamira, Chacao, Chacaito, El Rosal and Bello Campo during the late ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 19 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for Monday, June 19 and possibly throughout the coming week. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the following areas: 1-     Residencias Venezuela, Coche. 2-     Calle 14 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Protests and Marches

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for Saturday, June 17, to take place throughout Venezuela.  There are also reports of additional marches including one tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 19 and possibly throughout the coming week.  Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only ...
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Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy

President Donald J. Trump is changing the policy of the United States toward Cuba to achieve four objectives: Enhance compliance with United States law—in particular the provisions that govern the embargo of Cuba and the ban on tourism; Hold the Cuban regime accountable for oppression and human rights abuses ignored under the Obama policy; Further ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests and Marches

The Embassy has received reports of an evening rally tonight, June 13.  It will begin in Chuao and will end at the church “La Transfiguracion del Senor.”  Protests may spill over into surrounding neighborhoods. The Embassy expects continued rallies and activities in Caracas and throughout the country this week.  Specific gathering points and routes are ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests and Marches

The Embassy has received reports of various rallies and activities that are expected to take place in Caracas and throughout the country this weekend and the coming weeks.  Specific gathering points and routes are unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Marches Scheduled from May 20 to 22

The Embassy has received reports of various rallies and activities that are expected to take place in Caracas and throughout the country this weekend, including an opposition-aligned demonstration slated to take place on Saturday morning, May 20, a march featuring “deputies” and “popular sectors” on Sunday, May 21, and a healthcare-focused march on Monday, May ...
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Ambassador Nikki Haley Requests UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At the request of the United States, the UN Security Council will meet this afternoon at 12:30 PM on the situation in Venezuela. This will be a closed, informal meeting of the Council. Below is a quote attributable to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Marches Scheduled from May 16 to 20

The Embassy has received reports of various rallies and activities that are expected to take place in Caracas and throughout the country this week, including a gathering from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, May 17 and an opposition-aligned demonstration slated to take place on Saturday, May 20. Specific gathering points and routes are unclear at ...
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Remarks on Venezuela by Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary (Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Council of the Americas Conference: Americas Outlook May 9, 2017 Let me turn now to Venezuela, which is experiencing a political and economic crisis. The people of Venezuela are suffering due to their government’s authoritarian repression and poor economic management Three-quarters of Venezuelans have lost weight in the past year because ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Marches Scheduled from May 8 to 13 (May 8, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports of various pro-government and Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) rallies and activities every day this week.  The scheduled rallies and activities are expected to take place in Caracas and throughout the country. Travel for all U.S. diplomats may be restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas in Caracas, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Women’s March on Saturday May 6 (May 5, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that the opposition group Voluntad Popular has called for a Women’s March on May 6 at 10:00 am from Plaza Brion to the main offices of the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace in Downtown Caracas.  Travel for all U.S. diplomats may be restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Venezuelan Labor Day Holiday Weekend Protests

The Embassy has received reports that numerous opposition and pro-government gatherings, marches and demonstrations have been called for Friday, April 28, 2017 and the three-day holiday weekend through the Monday, May 1 Labor Day Holiday.  If necessary, travel during this period for all Chief of Mission personnel may be restricted to the Santa Fe and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Opposition March on Government Offices April 26

The Embassy has received reports that La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, has called for a citywide march in Caracas on April 26 at 10:00 am to government offices in downtown Caracas (Municipio Libertador), possibly the Supreme Court of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia), the Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Protests on April 22 and 24

The Embassy has received reports that La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, has called for further nationwide protests, commencing this Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 am with a “silent” march to all state headquarters of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV). The MUD has also announced a countrywide “sit-in” on Monday, April 24, ...
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Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information.
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Caracas Protests, May 14, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens, especially those living in Caracas, of the continued security situation.  Dual rallies are scheduled to take place Saturday morning, beginning around 10 a.m.  One protest is scheduled to begin at Avenida Casanova and end at the CNE; another is scheduled to start at Plaza Venezuela/Calle Bogota and continue to ...
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Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick at the OAS meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela

As Delivered Thank you Mr. Chairman, good afternoon to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates: Muy buenas tardes a todas y a todos. First, let me extend a special welcome to the foreign ministers who have joined us today. Sra. Ministra, Delcy Rodriguez, bienvenidos como siempre; que gusto verlo de ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Maracaibo Protests, April 27, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens, especially those living in Maracaibo, of the worsening security situation in the city.  On the night of April 26-27 there were media reports of rioters looting and blocking city streets.  These protests are likely to repeat.  Venezuelan government authorities may take measures to control the situation which could include ...
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Release Venezuelan Prisoners of Conscience

Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC This week’s  Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  (IACHR) hearings painted a distressing picture of the conditions for prisoners of conscience in Venezuela, including inhumane treatment at the hands of prison officials. We reiterate our call for the release of those imprisoned for their political beliefs. The Venezuelan Government unfortunately continues to block ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Taxi Driver Protest, April 5, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that taxi drivers are calling for a protest of the declining security situation in Venezuela near the Prados del Este highway in the La Trinidad suburb of Caracas today at 11:00 AM. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consular Visit to Maracaibo, Zulia on April 5, 2016 – Voting

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Maracaibo on Tuesday April 5th, 2016 to provide voting information to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. THE CONSULAR PERSONNEL WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 1:00 PM WITH NO EXCEPTION OR EXTENSION. The following services will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Conditions in Venezuela

The U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that shortages of water, power, and other necessities have recently led to protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest with little warning several cities in different regions of Venezuela.  These disturbances have included looting of stores and blocking streets with debris.  U.S. citizens should be alert and aware of their ...
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President Barack Obama Addresses the Cuban People

Among many things, President Obama said: “In his most famous poem [“Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca”), Jose Marti made this offering of friendship and peace to both his friends and his enemies. Today, as the President of the United States of America, I offer the Cuban people a greeting of friendship and peace.“
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Remarks by President Obama regarding Venezuela during historic speech in Cuba

During his speech in Havana, with his Cuban counterpart President Raul Castro, President Barack Obama responded to questions on various issues of bilateral and regional interest. Of Venezuela, he said, “I believe that the whole region has an interest in a country that is addressing its economic challenges, is responsive to the aspirations of its ...
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Remarks from Susan Rice on Venezuela

In a speech at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in Washington, DC on March 17, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice spoke at great length about the United States relationship with partner countries in the Americas, our hopes for the future and how to meet the challenges ahead. About our relationship with Venezuela, she ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Cancellation of March 16 2016 ACS Unit visit to Puerto La Cruz

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas must cancel its visit to Puerto La Cruz on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Embassy will attempt to reschedule services in Puerto La Cruz as soon possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Cancellation of March 14 2016 ACS Unit visit to Margarita

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas must cancel its visit to Puerto La Cruz on Monday, March 14, 2016. The Embassy will attempt to reschedule services in Puerto La Cruz as soon possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Cancellation of March 11, 2016 ACS Unit Visit to Puerto Ordaz

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas must cancel its visit to Puerto Ordaz on Friday, March 11, 2016. The Embassy will attempt to reschedule services in Puerto Ordaz as soon possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Puerto La Cruz on March 16, 2016

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Margarita Island on March 14, 2016

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Porlamar, Nueva Esparta on Monday, March 14th, 2016, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will ...
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International Women’s Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the ...
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Letter from President Obama: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the FederalRegister and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Puerto Ordaz on March 11, 2016

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Puerto Ordaz on Friday, March 11, 2016 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Merida on March 4, 2016

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Merida on Friday, March 4th, 2016, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rally in Caracas February 20, 2016

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a rally is expected to take place Saturday February 20, beginning at 3:00 P.M in Caracas, Venezuela. The location of the rally has been identified as Francisco de Miranda Avenue, in front of Torre Europa near Centro Lido. It is reasonable to expect traffic disruptions and police/military presence ...
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Venezuela: Inclusion of All Parties a Key to Solving Challenges

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States remains concerned about actions taken by the Venezuelan administration to silence its opponents, which have led to a climate of intimidation and repression. Dozens of leaders from Venezuelan society have been imprisoned for their political beliefs. These include: Leopoldo Lopez, who will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is upgrading its advisories regarding the Zika Virus.  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website.  To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Information

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas reminds U.S. citizens that voting season is approaching.  Below you will find some upcoming dates for states’ presidential preference primaries (P) and state primaries (S).  If you want to register to vote in the following states, visit  http://fvap.gov  now to complete a registration application and request your absentee ballots. February New ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political March in Caracas, January 5, 2016

Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a march will take place Tuesday, January 5, 2016 , beginning at 10:00 a.m., proceeding from the La Hoyada metro station (downtown) to the National Assembly. Expect traffic disruptions and police presence in and around this location. This is an area that is already off-limits to U.S. diplomatic staff. ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick Marking Human Rights Day

So, too, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein.  In his November 12 address to the UN Human Rights Council, he raised serious concerns about the independence of the judiciary in Venezuela, the impartiality of judges and prosecutors, and the pressures they face in handling cases of political prisoners. He reiterated ...
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International Human Rights Day 2015

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations ...
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Venezuelan Legislative Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY The United States congratulates the people of Venezuela for making their voices heard in a peaceful and democratic way on Election Day. We urge Venezuelan electoral authorities to continue to tabulate and publish voting results in a timely and transparent fashion. Venezuelan voters ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Gathering in Caracas November 29, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas advises U.S. citizens visiting and living in Caracas that a gathering to mourn the death of Luis Manuel Diaz, will likely take place Sunday, November 29, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Plaza Brion, Chacaito.  Expect traffic disruptions and police presence in and around this location. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections

Venezuela’s parliamentary elections will be held next week on Sunday, December 6, 2015.  U.S. citizens living, working or traveling in Venezuela are advised to exercise caution on that date, and also during days before and after that may be affected by election-related rules, practices, and security operations.  While election campaigns are generally peaceful in Venezuela, ...
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Condemn Killing of Opposition Member in Venezuela

John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC We condemn the attack and killing of Luis Manuel Diaz at a political rally November 25 in Altagracia de Orituco, Venezuela. This was the deadliest of several recent attacks and acts of intimidation aimed at opposition candidates. We call on the Government of Venezuela to protect all political candidates ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TRAVEL ALERT – WORLDWIDE

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March in Caracas November 21

Embassy Caracas advises U.S. citizens visiting and living in Caracas of a student-led opposition march that will take place Saturday November 21st, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in La Avenida Francisco de Miranda, near Francisco Miranda Park, and proceeding to Chacao Metro station via AvenidaVenezuela in El Rosal. Expect traffic disruptions and police presence in and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Additional Passport Pages

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas would like to inform all U.S. citizens that effective January 1, 2016, the Department of State will eliminate the consular service of supplemental 24-page Visa Page inserts for U.S. passports.   We will no longer be able to add supplemental pages to your passport after December 31, 2015. The Consular Section ...
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Engel statement on OAS efforts to ensure free and fair legislative elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement praising Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro for his recent letter to the head of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena urging her to level the playing field to make the country’s ...
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Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the HRC on the Venezuelan President’s Address

The Venezuelan president’s address today was a transparent attempt to use the UN Human Rights Council to shift attention away from his government’s own actions to restrict fundamental freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, and expression, particularly just before important national elections.  This is an affront to a Council whose sole purpose is to protect and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Valencia on November 17, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Valencia on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as identification. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Barquisimeto on November 6, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Barquisimeto on November 6, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as identification. U.S. ...
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Chief of Mission of the US Embassy Visits Barquisimeto

Lee McClenny, Head of Mission of the Embassy of the United States visited the State of Lara to strengthen ties with leaders of political, business, academic and sporting sectors, as well as community and cultural leaders of the state to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the United States and Venezuela, especially in this ...
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Colombia-Venezuela Border Dispute

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 29, 2015 The Department of State notes its continuing concern about the situation along the border between Venezuela and Colombia. The Department supports efforts by Colombia and Venezuela to resolve the dispute diplomatically, and welcomes initiatives to address the situation in appropriate multilateral fora. We stand ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency in Tachira State

U.S. Embassy in Caracas informs U.S. citizens that the government of Venezuela has declared a state of emergency affecting six municipalities in the state of Tachira, near the border with Colombia.   A state of emergency gives the military broad powers such as implementing curfews, making arrests, and limiting movement. Even though there are currently no ...
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OneBeat 2015: Groundbreaking Cultural Exchange Program Returns

Groundbreaking Cultural Exchange Program Returns for 4th Annual Residency and Tour, Promotes Global Collaboration, New West Coast Partners “A United Nations of Music … world music in its truest sense.”-The New York Times The same producers who invited such accomplished musical storytellers as Just a Band’s Blinky Bill Sellanga; Russian beatbox and YouTube sensation Mitya ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Crime Environment in Caracas

U.S. Embassy Caracas reminds all U.S. citizens of the continued criminal threat in and around Caracas.  The recent death of a member of the American community in Caracas demonstrates that Venezuela remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world.  Criminals target the more affluent areas of Caracas as well – including those areas ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Possible Traffic Disruptions in Caracas, 8 August 2015

US Embassy Caracas has received reports regarding a demonstration to take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, 8 August, starting in Plaza Venezuela, Parque del Este, and Plaza Alfredo Sadel (Las Mercedes) and ending in Chacaito.  Expect traffic disruptions and police/military presence in and around these locations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Underwater Seismic Activity

The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI-SRC), St. Augustine, Trinidad has notified authorities in the Eastern Caribbean that there has been heightened seismic activity at Kick ‘Em Jenny, an underwater volcano located in the Southern Grenadines. The Venezuelan Foundation of Seismological Research (FUNVISIS) advises that any resulting tsunami could occur ...
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Facts about Puerto Rico

Q: Are persons born in Puerto Rico U.S. citizens? A: Yes, all persons born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.  In 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Jones Act which extended U.S. citizenship to persons born on the island. Q: Is Puerto Rico a U.S. State? A: Puerto Rico has been a Commonwealth of the United ...
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Winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards: Michael Honigstein and Michael Ervin are the recipients of the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award; and Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstan and Foro Penal, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization, are the recipients of the Human Rights Defender Award. The ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Crime Environment in Caracas

U.S. Embassy Caracas reminds all U.S. citizens of the continued criminal threat in and around Caracas, to include popular public venues frequented by U.S. citizens.  Within the past two weeks, heavily armed criminals used grenades and assault rifles to carry out crimes at banks, shopping malls, public transportation stations, and universities.  We strongly suggest that ...
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Venezuela’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my best wishes to the people of Venezuela as you celebrate 204 years of independence on July 5. Today we reflect on the strong ties of friendship, family, culture, sport, and commerce that ...
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Re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat. More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana.  Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition Demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela June 26, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that an opposition march will take place tomorrow, Friday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. in Caracas beginning at Ciudad Banesco in Bello Monte, and ending at Plaza Brión in Chacaito. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, ...
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LGBT Pride Month

President Obama has proclaimed June 2015 to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) Pride month.  We, the U.S. Embassy community, are committed to advancing human rights for all, including LGBT individuals. Fostering of a culture of inclusion, respect, and dignity by working to promote acceptance of LBGT people around the world is a top ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition Demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela June 20, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that an opposition march will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Caracas, Venezuela beginning at Iglesia La Guadalupe in Las Mercedes and Plaza Bolivar in Chacao and ending at Plaza Jose Marti (Brion) in Chacaito. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest March on June 17, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a march is expected to take place beginning at Plaza Brion in Chacaito and ending at OEA headquarters in Las Mercedes.  The march will start at 10:00 am on June 17, 2015. Even marches intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution ...
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Comments on Deteriorating Health of Political Prisoners in Venezuela

Marie Harf State Department Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications Washington, DC We are deeply troubled by reports that Mayor Daniel Ceballos’ health is deteriorating.  We remain concerned for the well-being of Daniel Ceballos, Leopoldo Lopez, and the other political prisoners currently in detention in Venezuela.  We call upon the government to ensure their welfare. We join the international ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Express Kidnappings in El Hatillo

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has received reports indicating that at least seven people have been victims of “express kidnappings” in and around the municipality of El Hatillo in Caracas since Friday, May 22nd, 2015. The criminal group carrying out the attacks is composed of at least six heavily-armed men who travel in two SUVs.  ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Maracaibo on June 4, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Maracaibo on Thursday June 4th, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as identification. ...
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Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

Statement by Secretary Kerry On May 3rd, we honored journalists who defend democratic ideals through their commitment to discovering and telling the truth. In doing so, we also paid tribute journalism itself, a profession to that is essential to good governance and the functioning of democracy. This is a critically important time to acknowledge the ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S.-CARICOM Summit – Deepening Energy Cooperation

Today, President Obama met with Caribbean leaders in a U.S.-CARICOM Summit in Kingston, Jamaica.  President Obama reaffirmed the importance of our relationship with the region, and the United States’ commitment to partner with Caribbean countries to advance economic development, security, and good governance.  Leaders discussed a broad range of issues, from our important trade and ...
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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, to Receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela

Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, at the Special Meeting of the Permanent Council to Receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, March 19, 2015 Thank you Madam Chair, good morning to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates, This session ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Unit Services visit to Margarita on March 20, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Margarita on Friday, March 20, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as identification. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit visit to Puerto La Cruz on March 19, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Puerto La Cruz on Thursday, March 19, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Rallies, March 12, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that countrywide rallies are expected to take place on Saturday March 12, 2016.  The opposition rallies in Caracas will commence at 10:00 A.M. Supporters are expected to gather in the following areas: Plaza Brion (Chacaito), Plaza Alfredo Sadel (Las Mercedes), Parque del Este and Calle Elice (Chacao). Also, an ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Receiving Information from the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Unit

The American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit would like to remind all U.S. citizens living in Venezuela or traveling to Venezuela that there are many ways to stay informed of developments in Venezuela and services that the ACS Unit provides for U.S. citizens. Enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) We believe that a well-informed ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Update: Tourist Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Venezuela

On March 3, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC posted updated tourist visa information for U.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela.  According to the website of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, U.S. citizens should plan to apply for a visa three months in advance of travel.  U.S. citizens should expect to pay $30 for a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Notifying the U.S. Embassy of Detained or Arrested U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy wishes to call to the attention of U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Venezuela the Government of Venezuela’s recent detention of several U.S. citizens in Venezuela.  Under the Vienna Convention, if you are arrested overseas, you have the option to request that the police, prison officials, or other authorities alert the nearest ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Must Have Tourist Visa to Enter Venezuela

On March 2, the Venezuelan Government published Official Gazette No. 40.611 containing Extraordinary Gazette No. 6.177 (dated February 28, 2015) announcing that all U.S. citizens planning tourism to Venezuela must apply for a tourist visa.  No further details are available at this time.  Please check with the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC or one of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition Demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela. February 25, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at the  Nunciatura, Av. LaSalle, La Florida from 12:00 p.m. on February 25, 2015  The Opposition in Venezuela will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the recent death of students in Venezuela.  We anticipate the size of the protest ...
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Venezuelan Government Detains Key Opposition Figure

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2015 The United States condemns the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma by Venezuelan security forces, as well as the systematic intimidation of other leading opposition figures. These actions appear to be a clear attempt by the Venezuelan government to divert attention from the ...
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Response to Venezuelan Government Accusations about U.S. Involvement in a Coup

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2015 The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false. The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Consistent with the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the ...
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Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstration/Traffic Disruption in Caracas, February 12, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a student opposition march is expected to take place in Caracas beginning at 10:00 a.m. on February 12.  A student opposition group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting the one year anniversary of last year’s protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.  The demonstrators are expected ...
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Refusing accusations against Vice-president Biden

Extract from the Daily Press Briefing on February 2, 2015 Jen Psaki Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC QUESTION: Venezuela. MS. PSAKI: Venezuela, mm-hmm. QUESTION: Yesterday, President Maduro said on national television that the United States is plotting to overthrow him; mentioned specifically a meeting with Vice President Biden last week with different prime ministers and heads of ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Consular visit to Valencia on February 6, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Valencia on Friday, February 6th, 2015 to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens who wish to consult with our consular team during this visit should bring their U.S. passports as identification. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Caracas January 24, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a large Opposition march is expected to take place tomorrow, January 24 at 10:00 a.m.  The Embassy understands that demonstrators are marching “against hunger and for change” and will gather in three areas of the city: Plaza Alfredo Sadel in Las Mercedes, Plaza El Indio in Chacao and ...
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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstrations in Caracas January 23, 2015

Preventive measures and avoiding these areas and to personally monitor traffic reports for the latest information. 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. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Consular visit to Puerto Ordaz on January 28, 2015

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Puerto Ordaz on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Apply for a U.S. passport for ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Maracaibo Consular Agent – New Appointment System

As a reminder, as of January 2015, applicants for consular services in Maracaibo must schedule an appointment the Friday prior to the Monday they plan to request a service. All applicants must request appointments on Friday between the hours of 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. by calling (0261) 792-7771. Consular services performed by the Consular Agent ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Change in U.S. Passport Delivery from the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas would like to inform all U.S. citizens that it changed the way it receives full validity U.S. passports from the United States.  The Embassy considered this change necessary in order to guarantee the security of your personal information.  We expect this will result in longer processing times for our passport ...
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An Exciting Night with Magallanes

As part of the Embassy’s baseball diplomacy outreach, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny attended a very close game between the Navegantes del Magallanes and the Caribes de Anzoategui. During his visit, he met Venezuelan baseball stars, their trainers and managers, and enjoyed discussing the U.S. and Venezuelan shared passion for baseball with several media ...
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Visiting Baseball Legends

Fulfilling his promise to return to the Baseball Museum after an initial visit in September of this year, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny returned for a second visit to see the museum’s fully renovated Hall of Fame and marvel at the collection of baseball legends in the newly-remodeled space. During his visit, Mr. McClenny ...
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3.5 Million Insects: U.S. Chief of Mission visits MIZA

During a recent trip to Maracay, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny got a glimpse of the incredible collection of 3.5 million insects currently on display at the Francisco Fernández Yépez Museum of the Agricultural Zoological Institute (MIZA). Mr. McClenny was impressed with MIZA’s dedication to tropical biodiversity and its ongoing commitment to sustainable ecology ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Caracas December 15, 2014

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in the center of Caracas from 8:00 a.m. on December 15th.  The government is calling for a march to support the Venezuelan constitution and reject “imperial interference”. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Plaza Venezuela, Avenida Nueva Granada, Plaza Capuchinos and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Venezuela

The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Venezuela. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Venezuela each year for study, tourism, business, and volunteer work. Violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, however, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. This updates ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Consular visit to Merida on November 17, 2014

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Merida on Monday, November 17th, 2014, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Apply for a U.S. passport for the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Chikungunya Virus in Venezuela

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Venezuela of a public health concern regarding the chikungunya virus.  Chikungunya virus is a mosquito transmitted virus recently identified in Venezuela and spreading.  Symptoms typically include fever and joint pain of the hands and feet that begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected ...
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Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstration & Traffic Disruptions on Thursday October 23, 2014

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a large group of “colectivos” are expected to initiate a march at approximately 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, October 23rd.  The march will begin at Plaza Sucre de Catia, continuing along Avenidas Sucre and Urdaneta, and ending at the Fiscalía General de la República. It is likely that traffic ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: October Voting Message for U.S. Citizens

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Consular visit to Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara on October 27, 2014

Consular officials from the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Barquisimeto, Lara state on Monday, October 27, 2014, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Apply for a U.S. passport ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Ballot Delivery and Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reduced Flights to and from the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas would like to advise U.S. citizens about the reduced availability of regularly scheduled direct commercial flights between the United States and Venezuela.  According to media reporting and announcements from major airlines, the number of available seats per week on direct flights between the United States and Venezuela has been cut ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Venezuela

The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Venezuela. Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Venezuela each year for study, tourism, business, and volunteer work. However, violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital, Caracas, and in the interior. Moreover, since ...
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Demonstrations in Caracas

Today is the 45-day detention mark for Popular Will party leader Leopoldo Lopez and the deadline by which prosecutors need to present evidence against him.  The potential exists for large demonstrations – based either on his release or continued incarceration – that could affect various parts of Caracas.  Already, the opposition is calling publically for ...
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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Temporary Amendment to Embassy Movement Policy

The U.S. Embassy In Caracas informs all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that the policy regulating the movements of U.S. citizen Embassy employees and their family members in Caracas and elsewhere in Venezuela has been updated.  As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations throughout Venezuela

The U.S. Department of State informs U.S. citizens of the increased risks of travel to and within Venezuela due to the ongoing political unrest and increasingly violent clashes between Venezuelan security forces and protesters.  There have been incidents of violence between protesters and Venezuelan security forces since February 19.  The Embassy advises all citizens to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations throughout Venezuela

Following demonstrations across Venezuela on February 12, there are reports of additional marches being organized for today.  There may also be marches in the coming days.  While most political marches in Venezuela are peaceful, incidents of violence have occurred, including during demonstrations yesterday. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Consular visit to Puerto La Cruz on February 07, 2014

On Friday, February 7, 2014, consular officials from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will visit Puerto La Cruz to offer American Citizen Services to American citizens in that city and surrounding areas. The officials will provide services from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the offices of Colegio Internacional de Puerto La Cruz, located on ...
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