Issued by US Department of State
Mar 10, 2004
This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the possibility of violence during political demonstrations in Venezuela. It supersedes the Public Announcement of March 5, 2004, and will expire on June 7, 2004.
The political situation remains fluid. Demonstrations countrywide have taken place recently and may continue periodically. The potential for violence at these demonstrations is high and deaths and injuries have occurred in the past. U.S. citizens should avoid all demonstrations and areas where groups are gathering. American citizens should exercise extreme caution when traveling in Caracas and throughout Venezuela. Americans are advised to check the U.S. Embassy web site: http://www.embajadausa.org.ve/ for additional information on the current situation in Venezuela, including information regarding road closures. Additionally, they should monitor radio and TV broadcasts for new developments.
In the case of an emergency or for the latest security information, the U.S. Embassy can be reached by e-mail at ACSVenezuela@state.gov or by telephone at 58-212-975-9777 during working hours. Up to date information on security conditions can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. For further information, please see the Consular Information Sheet for Venezuela and the Worldwide Public Announcement on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at http://travel.state.gov.