Published On: Fri, May 20th, 2016

Travel advice for Venezuela: only necessary trips

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in CaracasWILLEMSTAD - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday updated their travel advice for Venezuela. Travel to cities and densely populated areas is not recommended. The advice is to only go there if it is strictly necessary. The reason is the increased crime in Venezuela.

The country is in an economic and political crisis. Food is scarce and therefore rationed and the chance of unrest and demonstrations is great. Last week there were already looting of several shops in big cities. The road between the airport and the center of the capital Caracas is "very dangerous", says the government service on its website.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a public emergency threatening to arrest factory owners and hold large scale military exercises during the weekend. According to the socialist autocrat, the measures are needed to tackle the economic crisis and to protect the country from foreign invasion.

Demonstrations are planned in the capital Caracas this Saturday, which could end up violent. Half a million soldiers will be on foot this Friday and Saturday. According to President Maduro, there is a foreign threat. Tuesday Maduro complained of US spy planes, originating from Curaçao, violating Venezuelan airspace. The military exercise is the largest ever in the country.

Travelers can better stay away from the demonstrations, particularly in the cities. They must take into account the scarcity of food, water and electricity. Travelers are also advised no to travel to the border with Colombia because of increased tensions between the two countries.

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