US State Department warns citizens against travel to Venezuela
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a rally with members of the Venezuela's National Assembly regarding an amnesty law project for members of the military, in Caracas, Venezuela, January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned Americans not to travel to Venezuela, citing crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure and the arbitrary arrest of U.S. citizens.


The department’s decision to raise its travel advisory level to “do not travel” came after President Donald Trump last week recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president. Washington has withdrawn non-emergency personnel from Venezuela and imposed sanctions on the state-owned oil firm.

Reporting by David Alexander, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien