Venezuela Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Jun 11, 2002
This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement of May 16, 2002
to reflect a change in Venezuelan immigration policy and continued
uncertainties in the political and security situation. It expires on
October 10, 2002.
Venezuelan immigration officers have recently begun requiring citizens of
United States and certain other countries to have at least six months
validity remaining on their passports to enter Venezuela. While this law
has not been uniformly enforced, some U.S. citizens have been denied entry.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to ensure that their passports
have at least six months validity from the date of expected entry into
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to use caution when traveling to
Venezuela due to the unstable political environment and unpredictable
security situation. U.S. citizens in Venezuela should consider their own
personal security situations and take those measures they deem appropriate
to ensure their well-being.
Violent clashes took place during the April 11-14 attempt to remove
President Chavez. Similar clashes could reoccur if the political situation
deteriorates. There are increasing reports of American citizens being
singled out for threats or harassment.
Colombian terrorist groups continue to openly target U.S. citizens for
kidnapping along the Venezuelan/Colombia border. The State Department
United States citizens avoid travel to any area within 50 miles along the
entire Venezuelan border with Colombia until further notice.
Travelers should be aware that there are increasing incidents of robbery of
arriving passengers within the airport terminal and in the airport parking
area. The State Department recommends travelers use only official airport
taxis. These taxis are black Ford Explorers with a yellow door panel
insignia and can be pre-paid for at the yellow taxi booth inside the
airport. Additionally, American citizens should take appropriate
precautions to protect themselves from increasing street crime and armed
While regularly scheduled international flights continue, travelers leaving
Venezuela should confirm their flights before leaving for the airport.
American citizens needing assistance or emergency services should telephone
the U.S. Embassy at 011-58-212-975-6411, prior to appearing personally at
the Embassy. Current information regarding services at the U.S. Embassy is
available on the Embassy's web site: www.embajadausa.org.ve. For further
information, please see the Department of State's current Consular
Information Sheet for Venezuela, available at the Bureau of Consular
Affairs' Internet web site: http://travel.state.gov.