Published On: Thu, Mar 19th, 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel warning for Venezuela

Venezuela riotTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands issued since yesterday a travel warning for Venezuela. “It is important to know that travel tickets are hard to get in Venezuela. This is especially true for domestic flights and flights to Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire.”

The airport and the road between the airport and Caracas are extremely dangerous. “When you arrive in Venezuela, make sure you are being picked up by a taxi or a shuttle bus from the hotel where you are staying. Or acquaintances. Ignore pushy people who offer transport to the city. These people lead travelers to vehicles of accomplices. The henchmen threaten and sometimes rob passengers,” said the ministry.

On the website of Foreign Affairs there are more tips for travelers. The advice is based on information from the Dutch embassy in Caracas, intelligence, representations of foreign countries, local authorities, businesses and other organizations. The Ministry refers to the demonstrations of students and the opposition parties last year in many (large) cities. Demonstrations can reignite due to an increasing political unrest and shortages in shops.

Furthermore, it is not recommended to travel to the border areas with Colombia. It is dangerous because of tensions in the area. Heavily armed Colombian guerrillas are present. Also, these areas are known for drug trafficking. There are serious crimes, such as kidnapping and mutual settlements.

But Caracas, Valencia, Maracaibo and Isla Margarita are named because of the risk of robbery or even a being kidnapped for ransom. Also yachts anchored off the coast, are often the target of robberies.

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