Message for U.S. citizens: Demonstration/Traffic Disruption in Caracas, February 12, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that a student opposition march is expected to take place in Caracas beginning at 10:00 a.m. on February 12.  A student opposition group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting the one year anniversary of last year’s protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. 

The demonstrators are expected to gather at Plazas Las Tres Garcias at 10 a.m. and end at the San Pedro Church located on Victoria Avenue.  Other streets nearby may be affected as well.  It is reasonable to expect traffic disruptions and police/military presence in and around these locations.  The Embassy recommends taking preventive measures and avoiding 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. 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 at https://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.