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US re-issues severe warning for Venezuela: Here’s why you should not travel

United States Reissues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory for Venezuela Amid Rising Instability and Crime

The United States has reissued its highest-level advisory for Venezuela, urging citizens not to travel to the country due to the government’s inability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in distress. The advisory comes amid rising instability, crime, civil unrest, and anti-American sentiments in Venezuela.

Violent crimes such as homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking are common in Venezuela, prompting the U.S. government to warn travelers of the risks. The situation has become so dangerous that officials recommend setting up a “proof of life” protocol with loved ones in case of a hostage situation.

The decline in tourism to Venezuela is attributed to the country’s political state, notably under President Nicolás Maduro, who has been accused of pushing the nation towards tyranny and illegally claiming the presidency despite a global condemnation of a rigged election. Maduro’s alliances with repressive nations like Cuba, Russia, Iran, and China have further alienated Venezuela from the international community.

The advisory, first issued in 2019 when the U.S. began withdrawing personnel from Venezuela, was reiterated ahead of a crucial July election that will determine the future of the South American nation. Political rallies and demonstrations in Venezuela often result in a strong police and security force response, including the use of tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets against participants.

With the situation in Venezuela becoming increasingly volatile, the U.S. government is urging caution and vigilance for anyone considering travel to the country. Stay updated on the latest developments and exercise extreme caution if visiting Venezuela in the current political climate.

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