December 8, 2017
The U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela informs all U.S. citizens of the upcoming municipal elections, scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Although no demonstrations have been announced, it is reasonable to expect traffic disruptions or large gatherings over the weekend related to elections. Also, increased visibility of security and law enforcement personnel is likely.
The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protests; even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 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.
For further detailed information regarding Venezuela and travel:
- 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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