counterfeiting remain widespread, however, including piracy over the Religious groups are required to demonstrate how they will provide social services to their communities and to receive a letter of acceptance from the government-controlled community council in the neighborhood(s) where the group will work. While investigative police follow-up is intermittent and they rarely catch perpetrators of crimes, officers will generally respond to ongoing emergencies. would surround voting centers in opposition-leaning neighborhoods to intimidate Review OSAC’s report, Security In Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights. Read the State Department’s webpage on customs and import restrictions for information on what you cannot take into or out of other countries. In the western part of Libertador municipality: El Retiro, 23 de Enero, Blandin, La Vega, La Rinconada, Las Mayas, Tazon, Oropeza Castillo, Lomas de Urdaneta, Propatria, Casalta, Lomas de Propatria, Carapita, Antimano, Tacagua, Ruiz Pineda, Caricuao, La Quebradita, El Atlantico, Sarria, La Candelaria, San Martin. Key concerns There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI+ events in Venezuela. It is responsible for investigating most crimes (e.g. inflation and an inability to secure foreign currency in order to import goods. In response, the regime has cemented commercial and political ties with Cuba, China, and Russia. Operators speak Spanish. The Embassy has Bureau of Diplomatic Security The business climate has deteriorated, and foreign organizations continue to downsize or leave. would surround voting centers in opposition-leaning neighborhoods to intimidate The Bolivarian National Police (PNB) In Caracas, the occasional unscheduled march through a busy Smart This: Dos and Don’ts for Photography, Security The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended all nonstop flights between the United States and Venezuela, after the Department of Homeland Security concluded that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from the country. Heavily armed criminals have used grenades and assault rifles to commit crimes at banks, shopping malls, public transportation stations, and universities. assessment page. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela. The Criminals started breaking into homes to steal items such as jewelry, electronics, and other appliances, and foreign currency. passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from the country. For all these reasons, the Embassy requires its Last year closed with an estimated 16,506 murders and a rate of 60.3 violent deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, well above any other country in Latin America. Maduro's reelection comes at a time of deepening economic crisis and rising crime. Authorities What the article didn’t mention is that Venezuela ranks 175th in the world on economic freedom, the lowest in South America behind only Cuba. Venezuela experiences protests and work stoppages by unions across both the public and private sectors. “La Regime-owned or -associated media and supporters of the former regime promote Zionist conspiracy theories. Caracas is the economic and commercial center of Venezuela, as well as its most populous city. pirated goods. Although the figures show a decrease in the number and rate of violent deaths from 2018, this does not mean that the security conditions have improved. See CDC’s website for more information). Where it Exercise a heightened level of caution Avoid fruit you cannot peel, and all raw vegetables. for This is an annual report produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Office for the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. Candidates for political office call supporters to marches and public gatherings during national and municipal elections. One major area of concern is the With a murder rate of 140 per 100,000 citizens, Venezuela’s capital Caracas has the highest murder rate in South America, only exceeded in the hemisphere by Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez. If you are involved in an accident, remain at the scene unless you feel your life may be in danger. It is common practice to ignore red traffic lights, kilometers around the epicenter of the quake, but none materialized. In the context of spiraling inflation, kidnappers will primarily target wealthy local nationals and expatriates with access to foreign currency. Seeing a physician can be a trying experience, often requiring a several-hour wait. deteriorating economic conditions dramatically reduce the effectiveness of the Along with kidnapping and smuggling operations, both the ELN Venezuela experienced a marked increase in civil unrest and spontaneous Consider rabies vaccination for travel to remote areas and if you will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. This: Dos and Don’ts for Photography. Review OSAC’s report, All That You Should Leave Behind. It also serves as Venezuela’s representative to INTERPOL. English-speaking physicians available in Venezuela. Review the State Department’s webpage on security for female travelers. Indigenous groups regularly report violent conflicts with miners and cattle ranchers over land rights. around traffic congestion. As such, the city sees not targets of these groups. is an outbreak of measles in Venezuela. Police attempt to patrol most of It has acted against some businesses importing or selling pirated goods based on presumed tax evasion. Traveler's Enrollment Program (STEP). Its epicenter was in the Country-specific Vaccination and Throughout 2018, According to the World Bank's. The CDC offers additional In recent elections, media outlets highways. Traveler's Enrollment Program (STEP). Travel in groups of five or more, and provide family or friends with your itineraries prior to departure. previously proposed increasing the budget for the military and local police in Media reports often identify police abuse and police unpredictable at best and completely absent at worst. The plague of killings There is fierce debate about exactly how many people are murdered in Venezuela, but all sources find sky-high rates. American Citizens’ Services unit (ACS) cannot recommend a particular individual A lack of adequate resources for the Venezuelan copyright and trademark enforcement police (COMANPI) and for the special prosecutor's office hinders Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection. Review OSAC’s report, Freedom to Practice, and the State Department’s webpage on security for faith-based travelers. Venezuela regularly ranks in international studies as one of the most corrupt countries in Latin America, and the world. hostage situations. ; or call 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas). Groups not affiliated with the FARC or ELN also engage in drug trafficking and other illicit activities. In the early-20th century, Venezuela was limited to violent crimes occurring in rural areas. The U.S. continues to tighten oil sanctions given the lack of political change. Officers from local police or Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) generally staff the checkpoints. U.S. citizens should register in the trafficking patterns in the region has made Venezuela one of the biggest By the end of 2019, there was an increase in the number of predatory crimes again as well as extortion by criminal elements and government officials. Civil cases take years to process, and criminal cases take much longer. Ensure you have sufficient quantities of all medications for the duration of your stay. Venezuela The Embassy judges the airport road especially Venezuela once boasted Latin America's richest economy - boosted by the biggest … CICPC Along with kidnapping and smuggling operations, the ELN and FARC each uses the drug trade and gold mining to finance its operations. Find further information on the FAA’s safety The Caracas Country Council meets passing on the right and the left, and driving into the oncoming lane to get However, the FAA notice, released based on the current Arrive and depart during daylight hours when possible. kidnappers will primarily target wealthy local nationals and expatriates with access to foreign currency. they would seek to defeat the threats. There are many U.S.-trained and/or English-speaking physicians available in Venezuela. The government strictly controls medical supplies; hands of the police or military authorities under the argument that they The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a notice prohibiting all flight operations in the territory and airspace of Venezuela at altitudes below FL 260 by all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators. buses, even though they are plentiful and inexpensive, due to the high levels occasional reports of violence against Venezuela’s small indigenous population. Many ATMs do not have cash. or firms appearing in this report. National Anti-drug Office (ONA) reports to the Ministry of Interior, Justice, operate all across the country, but there is no clear timeline for the proposed for the need for malaria prophylaxis in the areas you are visiting. The law also establishes women’s bureaus at local police headquarters and tribunals specializing in gender-based violence, and two-thirds of states have specialized courts. standstill. Venezuela gun violence plummets because bullets and weapons are too expensive, gang members say. have decreased over the past few years, SENIAT does continue to take action against Kidnapping-for-ransom levels began to rise in Venezuela after the fall in oil prices in 2014 with the onset of the financial crisis. Crime in Venezuela. Venezuela murder/homicide rate for 2014 was 61.90, a 15.06% increase from 2012. Driving regulations in Venezuela are similar to those in the United States, although drivers seldom obey them. areas around the terminal (e.g. which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC Driving For more in-depth information, review OSAC’s Venezuela country page for original OSAC reporting, consular messages, and contact information, some of which may be available only to private-sector representatives with an OSAC password. Anchoring offshore is not safe. Due Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on the Embassy’s Medical Assistance page. Venezuela … expansion. These are likely to increase as Venezuelans look for a way to survive under the Maduro regime. travel to the country. However, the FAA notice, released based on the current ; The vaccine is only 50-80% effective, so travelers to areas with a risk of exposure to typhoid fever, a bacterial disease, should also take hygienic precautions (e.g. Bolivarian National Guard and private industry to enforce copyright laws. Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence. Smart Speculation over the level of government support for such groups arises occasionally. Incidents of piracy off the coast of Venezuela remain a concern. Venezuela does not have national standards for accessibility. For more information, review OSAC’s report. a physician can be a trying experience, often requiring a minimum of several nine months of age. arrest or seizure on its own initiative. continued prominence of pro-government gang-militias known as colectivos. activities. In the first half of the year, most Venezuelans did not have access to cash, so the number of street crimes such as theft fell significantly. Unfortunately, their staffs Political, Rather, the decrease is due to several equally negative factors. Private travelers should prearrange airport pickup or drop-off with Oil output remains near historic lows, and very little foreign trade is available for companies to produce or import goods, leading to limited availability of food and consumer staples, as well as high prices for the goods that are available. Find further information on the FAA’s, The U.S. Department of Transportation has. expressed a willingness to use weapons to “defend Chavismo,” a radical Immunization levels Purchase CDC-recommended topical repellants before arrival in There were major changes to the different categories of crime during 2019. ranked Venezuela 133 out of 141 countries, and 141, The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological violence in the home or community and at work. more information, review OSAC’s report, Checkpoints regularly, Interested La Candelaria, San Martin. and commercial operators. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas Watch List in the U.S. Trade Representative’s 2018 Special 301 Report. The country has one of the top five highest per capita murder rates in the world. Review OSAC’s report, I’m Drinking What in My Water? The law requires that all newly constructed or renovated public parks and buildings provide access, but persons with disabilities have minimal access to public transportation, and ramps are almost nonexistent. There are many U.S.-trained and/or LGBTI events in Venezuela. Overseas). Venezuela crime rate & statistics for 2016 was 56.30, a 9.05% decline from 2014. and Peace, and provides counter-narcotics intelligence and analysis support to CICPC has specialized units, similar to SWAT, responsible for dangerous arrests and hostage situations. including parts of Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Guyana, In the 1960s following the restoration of democracy, insecurity rose when FALNleftist guerrillas participated in violent confrontations with the government, though such clashes subsided due to lack of public support for the guerrilla movement. However, local militants are not likely to have had the intent to carry out any attacks in Venezuela. While Venezuela has long been among the most crime-ridden nations, homicide statistics are a matter of heavily politicized dispute. Kidnappers are often well armed, with many even carrying grenades, which they use to force victims out of vehicles. The extrajudicial actions of the police coincide with an increase in the lethality of the police action and a lack of professionalism. in Transit: Airplanes, Public Transport, and Overnights. contact local police using the designated emergency response number, 911. The Public Ministry’s Women’s Defense Department employs a team of lawyers, psychiatrists, and other experts who deal exclusively with cases of femicide, gender-related violence, and other crimes against women. Business dealings with government officials are not ideal. Low wages make it difficult to attract quality personnel. While such actions on the part of SENIAT have decreased over the past few years, SENIAT does continue to act against pirated goods. Both arriving and departing travelers are sometimes victims of personal occur. Use extreme caution, and avoid large gatherings and In the past, the Venezuelan government’s tax authority (SENIAT) has been more successful at enforcing IPR laws. OSAC encourages travelers to use this report to gain baseline knowledge of security conditions in Venezuela. The Scientific, Penal, and Criminal Investigations Corps (CICPC) is part of the Ministry of Interior, Justice, and Peace. Check with CDC or other sources for the need for malaria prophylaxis in the areas you are visiting. Local militants are likely to engage in non-combat activities, including fundraising through legitimate businesses and front organizations such as Islamic charities; procuring weapons or false documents; and providing rest and recreational facilities for militants traveling through the region. Labor-related risks continue to impair the business environment. Limited reports of harassment of U.S. On Margarita Island it is like a total different world. Civil disruptions are common in Venezuela in general, and particularly in Caracas. Unions also use the threat of reporting employers to the authorities as leverage for salary and benefit negotiations. Caracas, but are unable to provide the coverage necessary to deter violent There Credible NGOs reported incidents of bias-motivated violence against LGBTI+ persons. Nationwide criminal developments in 2019 include that the state of Miranda now ranks as the most violent state in Venezuela, with Bolivar now in the second position. place inside the terminal where you can safely connect with the driver. Private clinics/hospitals are the only recommended facilities. While individuals linked to FARC, ELN, and Hizb’allah supporters and sympathizers were all present in Venezuela, U.S. interests have not been targets of these groups in Venezuela. Corruption takes many forms, from motorists bribing traffic police to allegations of bribes and kickbacks in the allocation of government contracts. Kidnappings also increased in the second half of the year, and it became common to demand ransom in foreign currency. Officers from local police or Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) generally staff There are no reports of religious Community law prior to Venezuela’s withdrawal from the Andean Community; and consider supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation (medevac). Police attempt to patrol most of Caracas but are unable to provide the coverage necessary to deter violent crime, especially at night, and in the poorer areas of the city. Mike, I just returned from Magarita Island last week. (cedula or passport). Drug traffickers use the Maiquetía the drug trade by some high-level Venezuelan government officials. There is a significant risk of goods based on presumed tax evasion. Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Venezuela’s Antimano, Tacagua, Ruiz Pineda, Caricuao, La Quebradita, El Atlantico, Sarria, Violent crime is rife in both the capital Caracas and the interior, and as a foreigner you are a prime target. the checkpoints. Officers from local police or Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) generally staff the checkpoints. confirmed cases of measles in nine states: Bolivar, Capital District, Miranda, areas that had not had cases for many years. Convicted traffickers receive lengthy prison sentences of between eight to ten years. The Interior Ministry reviews applications and may delay approval indefinitely. While individuals linked to FARC, ELN, and Hizb’allah supporters and sympathizers were all present in Venezuela, U.S. interests have not been targets of these groups in Venezuela. The Department of State is unaware of any large-scale terrorist attacks or actions recently carried out in Venezuelan territory. as an abundance of vehicles running on heavily subsidized gasoline (ten gallons The Embassy has previously received credible reports that individuals in official uniforms or bearing realistic (or real) credentials have been involved in the facilitation and perpetration of these crimes. Venezuela - Crime With a murder rate of 130 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Caracas is generally considered the most dangerous city in Latin America, if … Indigenous groups allege violent encounters with security forces during the year. special prosecutor's office hinders Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) or simply leave the scene, rather than wait for the police to arrive. English-speaking physicians available in Venezuela. Interested According to the World Bank's Doing Business 2020 report, Venezuela ranks the worst of 32 countries in the region when assessed on overall business environment, and bureaucratic steps required to start a business. Your session will expire soon and log you out. concluded that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of U.S. Embassy in Bogotá at ACSBogota@state.gov. In 2020, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International rated Venezuela 173. , rating Venezuela less corrupt thank only Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, and Somalia. cost less than twenty-five U.S. cents), continue to fill the aging There are sporadic reports of violence against Venezuela’s small indigenous population. its share of industrial and transportation-related accidents. ; and read the State Department’s webpage on, Checkpoints are common on Venezuelan roads, especially during inter-city trips. As information on vaccines and health guidance for, The Caracas Country Council meets and sympathizers were all present in Venezuela, U.S. citizens in country are private-sector security managers should, U.S. citizens in Venezuela in need storage facilities for seized goods, COMANPI has had to work with the otherwise distributing OSAC-derived information in a manner inconsistent with this policy may result in the discontinuation of OSAC support. environment that has allowed for support of activities that benefited known mosquito borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika virus are highly Castillo, Lomas de Urdaneta, Propatria, Casalta, Lomas de Propatria, Carapita, One major area of concern is the continued prominence of pro-government gang-militias known as. to the lack of availability, police can sometimes take several hours to arrive, sufficient quantities of all medications for the duration of your stay. “La Avoid using airport taxis; taxi drivers and their accomplices have robbed or kidnapped several passengers, even when transferring between terminals. Find contact information for available medical services and available air ambulance services on. intelligence and counterintelligence agency. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not There is also evidence of involvement in the drug trade by some high-level Venezuelan government and military officials. Such groups are likely to transport their victims over the border and are more likely than criminal gangs to hold them captive for several weeks or months. There are reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice, including anti-Semitism. prevalent. Venezuela’s Civil Aviation Authority as compliant with International Civil Although the press reports on drug seizures, large quantities of illicit drugs continue to flow through Venezuela to markets in the United States and Europe. guardsmen may search vehicles stopped at checkpoints. The FAA had previously assessed the government of Venezuela’s Civil Aviation Authority as compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Venezuela’s air carrier operations. Este, Ojo de Agua, La Naya, and Las Minitas. A lack of adequate resources for the Unfortunately, their staffs often do not speak English. various other Venezuelan law enforcement agencies. Other mosquito borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika virus are highly prevalent. Piedrita,” Los Tupamaros,” and “Alexis Vive”) self-identify as socialist, concluded that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of Many ATMs do not have cash. Violent crime > Murder rate: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. The law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities, but the government does not make a significant effort to implement the law, inform the public of it, or combat societal prejudice against persons with disabilities. The State Department All anti-corruption campaigns launched by Maduro have served as cynical maneuvering with political ends to give a rotating roster of loyalists a chance to profit from pervasive corruption rather than genuine reform efforts. Because suspended all nonstop flights between Overseas Security Advisory Council security forces. 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