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Several government travel advisories have now issued "Do not travel" warnings as a result of the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. Consular and medical assistance may be limited or non existent.
The Venezuelan government has closed the border crossing points between Venezuela and Colombia. Borders with Brazil and Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao (known as the ABC islands) have also been closed. Diseases which had once been eradicated are now spreading. Malaria has been reported in 10 out of 24 states, diphtheria in 22 states and measles has also made a return.
Travel providers such as Expedia and Orbitz have suspended sales of products to Venezuela and airlines such as Delta, United, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Argentine Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Alitalia and Avianca have suspended services to Venezuela.
Violent crime has escalated across the country and there are shortages of food, fuel, medications and water. Travelers are strongly advised not to travel to Venezuela.
Tension and unrest in Venezuela has escalated following inconclusive elections. What was already a dangerous place for visitors due to civil unrest, violent protests and economic hardship has worsened. There are shortages of food and other commodities, poverty is endemic, crime is rampant, inflation is skyrocketing and infrastructure and services are falling apart.
Foreign governments are issuing stern warnings to their citizens about the danger.
The UK Foreign Office is advising British travelers to dfer all but essential travel to Venezuela, and advising those already there to leave the country by commercial means as soon as practicable.
The Australian government has put the entire country on the second highest level of travel warning - "reconsider your need to travel".
The US Sate Department also advises against all non-essential travel.
Venezuela is currently in the grip of civil unrest. The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro has declared a 60 day state of emergency within the country in an attempt to hang onto power and oppose foreign interference however this has impacted many local businesses and companies which rely on importing resources from other countries.
Looting and citizen led justice has been met with miltary force opposition including the deployment of tear gas. Government imposed rolling blackouts have occurred across the country causing distress and unrest amongst Venezuelans. Public services have also been slashed causing some public services to become inaccessible by locals.
Protests are also frequently held and clashes have occurred between pro and anti government groups. The country is in an economic crisis with food, fuel and medical resources being rationed since January 2016. Locals are spending hours lining up just to receive basic supplies.
Many hospitals are struggling to function with the government imposed restrictions. As a result, infants and others are dying due to lack of adequate care and poor levels of hygiene. This could also impact travellers in the country who may require medical assistance. Zika virus is still prevalent within Venezuela.
A military or governmental coup could possibly occur to remove President Maduro.
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