The US State Department has ordered family members of embassy personnel in Caracas to leave the country due to security concerns amid violent protests. It also issued a warning against traveling to Venezuela.
The State Department notification came on Thursday, warning US citizens of “social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages.”
“This travel warning also informs U.S. citizens that on July 27, the Department ordered the departure of family members and authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government employees from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas,” it reads.
The embassy employees willing to depart the Latin American nation have been sanctioned to leave, while those who are staying had their movement within the capital and other parts of the country restricted.
The warning also encouraged US tourists currently in Venezuela to consider whether it is safe to stay, saying the “security situation is unpredictable and can change quickly.”