The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime

Political demonstrations continue in most major cities, including Caracas, San Cristobal, Valencia, Maracay, Maracaibo, Barquisimeto and Porlamar. Some of these demonstrations have been violent, with roadblocks on main streets and avenues, and have included the use of firearms. There have been injuries and deaths.

In Caracas there has been violence in the areas of Chacao and Altamira which are not normally affected in this way. Further demonstrations are expected. You should remain alert and avoid any large gatherings. Protests may also cause disruption to travel plans.

There have also been spontaneous violent protests in Merida City. Most tourist attractions outside Merida City have not been directly affected, but you should seek local advice from your travel company before you set out. You can get updates on the security situation on the twitter channel of the Venezuelan Ministry of Justice - @GMAtodaVidaVZLA.

Heavy rains have affected wide areas of the country and road conditions remain poor. States most heavily affected are Aragua, Carabobo, Capital District (Caracas) and Falcon. See Road travel

Levels of street crime are high. Armed muggings and ‘express kidnappings’ are a regular occurrence. Resistance to robbery has resulted in victims being shot dead. Take care at all times, especially when arriving in the country. See Crime

Around 9,500 British nationals visit Venezuela every year. Most visits are trouble free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. With effect from 18 December 2013, the Venezuelan Government has made it obligatory for all people travelling to Venezuela to hold travel and medical insurance.

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