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 curfews or restriction of movement, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas urges all U.S. citizens to consider deferring all non-essential travel to Tachira State.  For U.S. citizens in Tachira, we recommend that they avoid unnecessary travel outside of their immediate area and monitor local news for updates.

We strongly suggest that all U.S. citizens review their personal security awareness and maintain a heightened state of alert in Caracas and throughout Venezuela.

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Venezuela.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba, at +58 212-975-6411 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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