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.
- February 22, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Crisis: Maduro To Close Border With Brazil
- February 20, 2019: Quick Read: Deadly Crackdown Stokes Fear Among Protesters In Venezuela
- February 19, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Opposition Slams Raid Of Ngo That Supports Humanitarian Aid
- February 12, 2019: Quick Read: Total Says Accounts Blocked, Evacuating Staff From Venezuela
- February 8, 2019: Quick Read: Kidnapped Trinidad Fishermen Freed After Us$90,000 Ransom Paid
- February 7, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuelan Military Barricades Bridge To Stop U.S.-Backed Opposition Effort To Bring Humanitarian Aid
- February 6, 2019: Quick Read: International Red Cross Steps Up Aid Operations In Venezuela
- February 5, 2019: Quick Read: Airline Crews Ditch Venezuela Layovers To Stay Out Of Harm’s Way
- February 5, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela’s Foreign Journalists Hamstrung By Visa Problems
- February 1, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Frees Foreign Journalists; Euro Parliament Recognizes Guaido
- January 31, 2019: Quick Read: Protests Held Around Venezuela; Trump Assures Guaido Of Full Support
- January 31, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Detains Colombian, Spanish, French Journalists
- January 30, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Power Struggle Heats Up With Guaido Curbs, Protest Plans
- January 30, 2019: Quick Read: United States Warns Americans Not To Travel To Venezuela As Tensions Rise
- January 29, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuelan Crisis: 33 Killed, 791 Arrested In Week Of Heavy Repression
- January 28, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuelan U.S. Defense Attache Breaks With Maduro As Diplomats Leave
- January 28, 2019: Quick Read: Russia Denies Sending Mercenaries To Protect Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Amid Power Struggle
- January 25, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Crisis: Familiar Geopolitical Sides Take Shape
- January 24, 2019: Quick Read: Venezuela Crisis: What Happens Now After Two Men Have Claimed To Be President?
- January 22, 2019: Travel Advice: Venezuela Set For Nationwide Protests On Wednesday 23rd Against Tense Backdrop – Advice And Information
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
#Venezuela Alert: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout Venezuela starting on February 22 and are expected to continue in the following days. The movement of U.S. government personnel will be restricted to the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy. https://t.co/HI4FcLgQ8T pic.twitter.com/ClrOyhtKun
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) February 21, 2019
#Venezuela The borders with Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are temporarily closed, with no air or sea traffic operating between Venezuela and these islands. If you’re planning to travel on these routes, contact your tour operator for further advice. More info: https://t.co/WkMysjBm5r pic.twitter.com/cwuqAyIIc8
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) February 21, 2019
Further news and information
Competing concerts to duel on Venezuelan borderhttps://t.co/HQZlXfrHF7
📷 Equipment is installed on the border between Colombia and Venezuela for a concert organized by British billionaire Richard Branson to raise funds and exert pressure on Maduro to allow in humanitarian aid pic.twitter.com/xb3VMXXiaQ
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 22, 2019
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 22, 2019
— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) February 22, 2019
— Reuters Venezuela (@ReutersVzla) February 21, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2019
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 18, 2019
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 16, 2019
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