Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Caracas (Venezuela), July 22-24

The Embassy has received reports of multiple events scheduled this weekend specifically Saturday, July 22 and Monday, July 24. Specific logistical details are unclear at this time. Due to the Venezuelan holiday weekend, the Embassy expects large marches and/or demonstrations will take place in Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities.

U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Clashes involving Venezuelan security forces are possible. Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas and sometimes rubber bullets. Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions. During protests, travel for all U.S. diplomats is at times restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas in Caracas.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news and media stations for situational updates. U.S. citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council