May 25 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela

May 25 Update for U.S. Citizens and LPRs in Venezuela 

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in Venezuela should be 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 lawful permanent residents to depart Venezuela.  The tentatively-scheduled flight on Aerolíneas Estelar from Maracaibo to Cancun, Mexico, on May 26 has been cancelled.

We remind U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents that 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 lawful permanent residents are reminded that they 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