Venezuela Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 17, 2002
This Travel Warning supersedes the Public Announcement of April 11, 2002 to
reflect the deterioration and continuing volatility of Venezuela's political
and security situation. It also reflects the approval of Authorized
Departure Status for the U. S. Embassy.
The Department of State warns American citizens against travel to Venezuela
due to the unstable security situation. The Department has authorized the
voluntary departure from Venezuela of Embassy personnel in non-emergency
positions and family members of U.S. Government personnel. U.S. citizens in
Venezuela should consider their own personal security situations and take
those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their well-being, including
considering departure from the country.
The security situation in Venezuela is volatile and unpredictable.
Following widespread strikes and other public disturbances, the political
situation remains fluid and there has been widespread civil unrest, with
multiple deaths and reports of gun battles between pro-and anti-Chavez
groups. There have been some reports of American citizens being singled out
for threats or harassment. Violent clashes, looting and demonstrations may
take place at any time.
While the international airport in Caracas remains open, many airlines have
suspended flights. American citizens who wish to depart Venezuela should
confirm availability of transportation before leaving for the airport.
American citizens needing assistance departing the country or other
emergency services should call the U.S. Embassy at 011-58-212-975-6411,
extensions 2291, 2292, or 2299 prior to appearing personally at the Embassy.