Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closed July 4-5 and Upcoming Protests

The Embassy will be closed July 4 and 5 in observance of U.S. and Venezuelan Independence Day Holidays, respectively.

The Embassy has received reports that protesters will use improvised roadblocks at many locations in Caracas from 12pm-6pm Tuesday, July 4. U.S. Embassy personnel will be restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba during that time.

Though no specific protests have been announced for Wednesday, July 5, the Embassy would like to note that protests are commonplace on Venezuelan patriotic holidays.

The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protest areas and are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas and sometimes rubber bullets. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly. Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/security forces. During protests, travel for all U.S. diplomats is at times restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas in Caracas, as necessary.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news and media stations for situational updates.  U.S. citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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