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Venezuela: Civil unrest

On Tuesday 30 April 2019, violent clashes erupted in Caracas. On Wednesday, both pro and anti-government supporters held demonstrations in Caracas that were initially peaceful but there were reports of gunfire and violence. The clashes between opposition supporters and the security forces resulted in one death and at least 46 people injured.

The political and economic situation remains very unstable.

We continue to advise “do not travel to Venezuela due to ongoing high levels of violent crime, the potential for violent civil unrest, political uncertainty and shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies.”

New Zealanders in Venezuela are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations or large public gatherings as even peaceful gatherings have the potential to turn violent. We advise paying close attention to personal security and monitoring local media for information. You should adhere to any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. If you are in an area where there is a demonstration, leave as soon as it is safe to do so.

New Zealanders in Venezuela requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand embassy in Mexico City, Mexico on +52 55 5283 9460  or via email on:

New Zealanders in Venezuela are encouraged to register their details their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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