US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens, especially those living in Maracaibo, of the worsening security situation in the city. On the night of April 26-27 there were media reports of rioters looting and blocking city streets. These protests are likely to repeat. Venezuelan government authorities may take measures to control the situation which could include the imposition of a nighttime curfew and deployment of National Guard troops.
U.S. Citizens are urged to review their safety and security precautions, monitor local media, and remain in their homes in the evening and overnight hours.
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.
For further 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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