Travel warning for Venezuela

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The US Department of State has issued an urgent travel advisory to all Americans who are in Venezuela or plan to travel to Venezuela, due to the US Government having ‘limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Venezuela due to extremely limited infrastructure and poor security conditions’.

The Department has ordered the departure of all non-emergency US government employees and family members from Venezuela, urged all other Americans in Venezuela to return to the US, and said that those who plan to travel to Venezuela should reconsider travel to the country due to poor health infrastructure, as well as ‘crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens’.

In addition, the Department said that there are shortages of food, electricity, water, medicine, and medical supplies throughout much of Venezuela, prompting the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention to issue a Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel notice.