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Venezuela: Updates on Major Border
 Crossing Points

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As of August 26, 2015, the Venezuelan government had closed several major border crossing points between Tachira State and Colombia until further notice; special measures have been announced in 6 municipalities in Tachira State including restrictions on the right to free movement, assembly and protest.

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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. The opening hours of the land border crossings with Colombia have been reduced as a measure to fight smuggling. Until further notice, borders will remain closed from 6:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M.

The Venezuelan government has closed several major border crossing points between Tachira State and Colombia until further notice due to concerns about security and smuggling. On August 21, 2015, special measures were announced in 6 municipalities in Tachira State which will be in force for 60 days. These include restrictions on the right to free movement, assembly and protest in these municipalities.

Political demonstrations have taken place in most major cities, including Caracas, Merida, 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.

Political demonstrations have taken place in most major cities, including Caracas, Merida, 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.

International airlines in Venezuela have recently reduced the availability of flights to and from the country. This has made it more difficult and expensive to buy flight tickets, especially if paid in local currency. Some flights have been cancelled or postponed at short notice.

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.

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

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