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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela
March 12, 2019

Location: Nationwide

Event: Travel Advisory Update – Level 4: Do Not Travel

On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from U.S. Embassy Caracas.  All consular services, routine and emergency, are suspended until further notice.

The Travel Advisory remains a Level 4, urging U.S. citizens not to travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela.  Commercial flights remain available.

Actions to Take:

  • Consider departing while commercial flights are available.
  • If choosing to stay, ensure you have adequate supplies to shelter in place.
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Review personal security plans
  • Remain aware of surroundings
  • Review complete Travel Advisory for Venezuela
  • Refer to Venezuela Unrest Information page on Travel.State.Gov


If you are a U.S. citizen or are concerned about a U.S. citizen in Venezuela, you may contact the Department of State through one of the following ways: