The Embassy advises U.S. citizens that numerous small-scale, sometimes violent protests are taking place throughout Venezuela in reaction to general shortages of medicine, food, gasoline, and electricity. The political and security situation in Venezuela is unpredictable and can change quickly. It is possible that these protests will continue over the coming weeks and months.
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. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/security forces.
U.S. citizens in Venezuela are urged to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including both planned and spontaneous local events; and monitor local news and media stations for situational updates.
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 +58 212-975-6411from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 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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