Protests are expected today in Venezuela, against a backdrop of incredibly tense politics. President Maduro has closed the border with Brazil, and has suggested the Colombia border could  be close too. Huge amounts of aid have been shipped to the two neighbouring countries, and the opposition – lead by Juan Guaidó – has pledged to bring it in and distribute it to Venezuelans suffering from shortages of food and medicine.

Due to the volatile security situation and the planned protests, the US Government is restricting the movement of the remaining personnel still in the country.

If you are in or planning travel to Venezuela, make sure you have reviewed your travel risk management plan and know what to do in a crisis. If you are being sent to Venezuela for work, your company should have provided you with up to date security briefings and adequate training. If you do not feel prepared for your trip, talk to your boss as soon as possible. 

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Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

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