Emergency Notification
January 29, 2019

Venezuela Unrest


On January 29, 2019, the Department raised the Travel Advisory for Venezuela to a Level 4: Do Not Travel, urging U.S. citizens not to travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.

On January 24, 2019, the Department ordered non-emergency U.S. government employees to depart Venezuela. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela. U.S. citizens should contact U.S. Embassy Caracas for consular assistance. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. Commercial flights remain available.

Political rallies and demonstrations occur, often with little notice. Demonstrations typically elicit a strong police and security force response that includes the use of tear gas, pepper spray, water cannons, and rubber bullets against participants and occasionally devolve into looting and vandalism.

We are closely monitoring the situation in Venezuela, and we encourage you to closely monitor this site for important crisis information.    

We urge U.S. citizens in Venezuela who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.

Notify the Department about U.S. Citizens in Venezuela:

If you are concerned about a U.S. citizen in Venezuela, you may inform the Department of State through the following ways:

  • Visit Task Force Alert and select “2019 Venezuela Unrest”
  • Email and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide the full name, gender, and last known location of the U.S. citizen)
  • Call us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas)

Please also see the latest Travel Advisory on the Travel.State.Gov website for additional information about this event, as well as contact information that U.S. citizens in the affected area can use to contact the Embassy for emergency consular assistance.  

Please be assured that our offices are doing everything possible to assist our U.S. citizens in Venezuela.

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Caracas
Calle F con Calle Suapure,
Urb. Colinas de Valle Arriba,
Caracas, Venezuela 1080
+(58) (212) 975-6411
+(58) (212) 907-8400
+(58) (212) 975-8420

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