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June 16 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela
June 16, 2020

Location: Venezuela

Event: June 16 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela

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.

The State of Alarm was extended June 11 for an additional 30 days.  The National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) announced an extension of commercial flight restrictions in Venezuela until July 12.

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.

We have also heard that some travel agencies are collecting lists of interested passengers for future flights.  We understand that none of those flights have been confirmed, nor have they yet received permission to operate by aviation authorities in Venezuela.  Do not pay for any reservations until the flight is confirmed.

The border with Colombia remains closed, and we strongly urge U.S. citizens and LPRs not to attempt to cross the border. 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.


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