Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition Demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela. February 25, 2015

U.S. Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place at the  Nunciatura, Av. LaSalle, La Florida from 12:00 p.m. on February 25, 2015  The Opposition in Venezuela will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the recent death of students in Venezuela.  We anticipate the size of the protest to be approximately 50 to 100 people.

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 (Country) enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (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, including the Travel Warning for Venezuela, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Venezuela.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” 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 in 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 the embassy on Twitter (@usembassyve) and Facebook and the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit on Twitter (@acsvenezuela) and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. embassy in Caracas is located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., +58 212-975-6411.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is 0212-907-8400.