The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that violent crime is pervasive throughout Venezuela. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
U.S. Embassy employees are highly discouraged from walking outside from dusk to dawn due to the potential for robbery, including armed robbery. If you are a victim of robbery, do not fight back. This may increase your risk of physical harm.
Other personal security tips include the following:
- Maintain a low profile.
- Carry as little U.S. currency as possible.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Avoid having cell phones or other electronic devices visible.
- Remain vigilant even in upscale residential areas.
- Do not take public transportation.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Travel in groups.
- When traveling, provide your itinerary to a family member or friend.
For further detailed information regarding Venezuela and travel:
- See the State Department’s travel website (http://travel.state.gov) for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Venezuela.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)(https://step.state.gov/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 Suapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba, at +58 212-975-64113:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.
- Call 1-888-407-4747toll-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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American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela