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Venezuela Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 01, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to update US citizens on the current political situation in Venezuela. It supersedes the Public Announcement of February 11, 2004, and will expire on May 25, 2004.

The political situation remains fluid. The Venezuelan Electoral Council (CNE) continues to consider 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 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 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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