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Venezuela Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Nov 08, 2007

This Public Announcement is to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Venezuela of the potential for political unrest throughout the country leading up to and following the referendum on proposed constitutional reforms scheduled for December 2, 2007.  This announcement expires on December 14, 2007.

Recent student demonstrations in Caracas resulted in sporadic throwing of rocks and bottles, skirmishes between demonstrators and police, and the use of tear gas by law enforcement authorities.  A student protest in Maracaibo on November 2 left two students dead and 15 people injured.

Political tensions remain high in Venezuela and demonstrations may occur on short notice.  Opposition parties have called for demonstrations on November 10 and November 26, and government supporters are expected to stage similar events.  There could be other demonstrations prior to the December 2 referendum.  For updated information, U.S. citizens are advised to check the Embassys website, listed below.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution in the vicinity of any demonstrations.  Since the timing and routes of marches and demonstrations are always subject to change, U.S. citizens should monitor local media sources for new developments. 

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Venezuela are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Caracas through the State Departments travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Venezuela.  U.S. citizens without internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact them in case of emergency. U.S. citizens should consult the Department of States consular information sheet for Venezuela and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are available via the internet at http://travel.state.gov.  U.S. citizens may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or 202-501-4444 from overseas.

The consular section is open for American citizen services from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Venezuelan holidays.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Calle Suapure and Calle F, Colinas de Valle Arriba, Caracas. The telephone number during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.) is (58)(212)975-6411.  In case of an after-hours emergency, callers should dial (58)(212)907-8400.  The Embassys website, http://venezuela.usembassy.gov, contains complete information about services provided and hours of operation.

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