Venezuela Travel Advisory
Reconsider travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE — BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS
Do not travel:
On roads after dark outside of Caracas due to crime.
To certain neighborhoods within Caracas due to crime.
Within 50 miles of the Colombian border due to crime.
Violent crime, such as homicide, armed robbery, kidnappings, and carjacking, is common.
Political rallies and demonstrations occur daily, 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.
There are shortages of food, water, medicine, and medical supplies throughout much of Venezuela.
Security forces have arbitrarily detained U.S. citizens for long periods. The U.S. Embassy may not be notified of the detention of a U.S. citizen, and consular access to detainees may be denied or severely delayed.