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Venezuela Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 06, 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 10, 2004, and will expire on August 24, 2004.

The political situation in Venezuela remains fluid. The opposition continues efforts to recall President Chavez. Supporters of both the government and opposition can be expected to hold political demonstrations and marches in the period covered by this announcement. There is always potential for violence at these demonstrations. Deaths and injuries have occurred in some previous demonstrations. U.S. citizens should avoid all demonstrations and areas where groups are gathering. American citizens should exercise caution when traveling in Caracas and throughout Venezuela.

Recently, there has been an increase in anti-American rhetoric. Additionally, two churches outside Caracas affiliated with a denomination headquartered in the U.S. were attacked with grenades in late May. American citizens should exercise caution when in places where U.S. citizens congregate as well as places associated with the United States.

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 the latest developments.

In the case of an emergency or for the latest security information, the U.S. Embassy can be reached by e-mail at 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.

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