Venezuela Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 09, 2002
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
increasingly volatile political and security situation in Venezuela and to
warn them to defer nonessential travel to Venezuela at this time. This
Travel Warning expires on March 5, 2003.
The political and security situation in Venezuela has deteriorated as talks
between the Government of Venezuela and opposition forces to resolve the
current political conflict stalled. On December 2, 2002, an opposition-led
general strike began, affecting both services and supplies of essential
goods. The strike continues and, beginning December 4, has been accompanied
by both opposition and pro-Government demonstrations. Clashes among the
security forces, Government supporters and opposition supporters have taken
place. The U.S. Government is gravely concerned at the potential for an
escalation of the violence.
The State Department warns all U.S. citizens to defer nonessential travel to
Venezuela at this time. U.S. citizens in Venezuela should look closely at
their own security situation and consider whether to depart the country.
U.S. Consular personnel remain available to provide emergency information
and services to American citizens. In the case of an emergency or for the
latest security information, the U.S. Embassy can be reached at
For further information, please see the latest Consular Information Sheet
for Venezuela and the latest Worldwide Caution that are available on the
Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet home page at .