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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.

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