Travellers to Venezuela should keep abreast of the latest
domestic political developments. The government and various
opposition forces, both political and institutional, are
locked in a tense struggle that waxes and wanes - and
is likely to continue to do so.
As a result, the country is occasionally pushed to the
brink: demonstrations designed to close the country down,
shortages of basic necessities such as oil and food, even
violent confrontations. As the situation is changeable,
it's best to seek the latest information beforehand and
upon arrival. Current demonstrations have been organised
for the 29-30 May, 2004.
Political events rarely touch the major tourist destinations,
but the incidence of 'express kidnappings' is on the rise
in the capital, Caracas. The western region bordering
Colombia is rendered dangerous by the presence of Colombian