July 13 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela

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Location: Venezuela 

Event: July 13 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela 

On July 3, we sent a message indicating an airline had received permits to operate a series of flights from Caracas to Cancun, Mexico.  Those flights have been suspended.  On July 12, the Venezuelan Civil Aviation Authority (INAC) renewed restrictions on international and domestic commercial flights in Venezuelan airspace for an additional 30 days, until August 12.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in Venezuela should remain prepared for an indefinite stay in Venezuela.  At this time, we do not have any information about any potential flights for U.S. citizens or LPRs to depart Venezuela.

We are aware that some embassies are arranging repatriation flights.  We have been in contact with many of these embassies, which informed us that their flights are restricted to citizens and permanent residents of their countries.  If you happen to have dual citizenship with another country, you may consider contacting the embassy of that country to find out if they have any repatriation flight options.

The border with Colombia remains closed.  Attempts to illegally cross the land border to Colombia could result in fines, arrest, and/or increase your vulnerability to crime, including kidnapping.  U.S. citizens and LPRs are subject to all local laws and regulations, including curfews and quarantines.

The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Venezuela has been “Level 4 – Do Not Travel” since February 2019, and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas suspended operations in March 2019.  The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela. Because of this, the U.S. government cannot arrange transportation, lodging, or provide emergency financial assistance to U.S. citizens in Venezuela.

Please continue to monitor the Virtual Embassy website and social media accounts (@USEmbassyVE) for any updates.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive e-mail updates.

Assistance:    

U.S. Embassy Bogotá, Colombia

+57-1-275-2000 or ACSBogota@state.gov

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444