Foreign travel advice

Venezuela

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

The Venezuelan government has closed the border with Colombia in the Venezuelan states of Tachira, Zulia, Apure and Amazonas until further notice due to concerns about security and smuggling. Special measures have been implemented in border municipalities in these states which include restrictions on the right to free movement, assembly and protest.

There is a high threat from violent crime and kidnapping throughout Venezuela. Take care at all times, including when arriving in the country. See Crime

From 1 May 2016 Venezuela’s time zone will be adjusted to GMT -4 as a power-saving measure, bringing the country’s official time forward by half an hour.

Power cuts are becoming increasingly common and you may find yourself without water or electricity from short to extended periods of time. Exceptional power-rationing measures are in place. See Electricity and Water

Political demonstrations have taken place in Caracas and most major cities. Some have resulted in injuries and deaths. See Political situation

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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