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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March Scheduled for August 12 (Aug 11, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March Scheduled for August 12 (Aug 11, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that an opposition march has been scheduled for Saturday, August 12th beginning at 11:00 a.m. in various locations throughout Caracas, including Chacao, El Hatillo, Parque Cristal, and Plaza de las Américas in ...
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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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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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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Santa Fe Distribuidor Blocked (July 29, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Santa Fe Distribuidor Blocked (July 29, 2017) U.S. Embassy Caracas has received information that the Santa Fe distribuidor is blocked to traffic. ‎U.S. diplomats have been restricted to the Valle Arriba and Santa Fe housing areas. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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