The U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that shortages of water, power, and other necessities have recently led to protests, demonstrations, and civil unrest with little warning several cities in different regions of Venezuela. These disturbances have included looting of stores and blocking streets with debris. U.S. citizens should be alert and aware of their surroundings. Travelers should avoid demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, while also monitoring local events and take appropriate steps to bolster personal security.
The on-going drought and drier-than-normal El Niño weather pattern have resulted in low water levels at hydroelectric power installations and reservoirs causing nation-wide electricity shortages. Recently, the Venezuelan government has taken steps to try to address this, such as reducing the public sector work week, instituting rolling electric blackouts, and temporarily closing public schools on Fridays.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that criminals may take advantage of power outages to target victims when lights and security alarms are nonfunctional. Also, U.S. citizens are encouraged to plan for any water outages that may occur by staying up to date with public announcements regarding water outages from local municipalities and identifying alternate sources of water for cooking and washing.
For more information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Venezuela.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba, at +58 212-975-6411 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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