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Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens: Venezuela, Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Western Hemisphere > Venezuela > Caracas

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas informs all U.S. citizens living, working and traveling in Venezuela that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez passed away today.  During this period of national mourning, U.S. citizens residing or travelling in Venezuela should be respectful and maintain an awareness of their surroundings.  The U. S. Embassy encourages citizens to avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, and to exercise caution in the vicinity of such activities.  U.S. citizens should monitor local media sources and the Embassy’s website for new developments.

Please consult and review the “Emergency Preparedness” information list in the text.  Items on hand should include a flashlight and extra batteries, cash for emergency purchases, prescription medications, and a charged cellular telephone.

Monitor local news and practice good personal security measures.  If your school or employer has a security or emergency preparedness plan, please be sure to familiarize yourself with its content and otherwise have a plan in place to ensure you and your family’s safety.  If there are changes to the assessment of the overall situation, the Embassy will post updated information in messages to U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens living in Venezuela are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website,, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Venezuela.  If you are receiving this message, then you are registered with the Embassy.  Please pass this information on to any U.S. citizens who may not be registered.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements can be found.  Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is located on Calle F con Calle Suapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba. The telephone number during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) is (011) 58-212-975-6411. For after-hours emergencies use (011) 58-212-907-8400. The fax is (011) 58-212-907-8199. Please check the Embassy website for additional information.