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 will be disrupted in and around these areas and that other streets in close proximity may be affected as well.

The Embassy recommends taking preventive measures to avoid 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 traveling to or residing in Venezuela enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Venezuela at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/venezuela.html.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter at https://mobile.twitter.com/travelgov and Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/travelgov.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is located on Calle F con Calle Suapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba. The telephone number during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) is (011) 58-212-975-6411. For after-hours emergencies use (011) 58-212-907-8400.  The fax is (011) 58-212-907-8199. Please check the Embassy website for additional information.