Venezuela Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 12, 2004
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert US citizens to the current
political situation in Venezuela. It supersedes the Public Announcement of
August 15, 2003, and will expire on May 11, 2004.
The political situation remains fluid. On or after February 13, 2004, the
Venezuelan Electoral Council (CNE) will announce whether it will ratify
either the opposition or pro-government signature petitions, aimed at
gaining approval for a recall referendum of President Chavez and a number of
pro-government and opposition legislators. Political demonstrations, with
potential for violence, may take place during this period of uncertainty.
U.S. citizens should avoid all demonstrations and areas where groups are
gathering. Additionally, they should monitor radio and TV broadcasts for
any sudden changes in the political situation.
In the case of an emergency or for the latest security information, the U.S.
Embassy can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by
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.