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Taiwan warns nationals against travel to Venezuela

2019/01/24 15:49:55

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Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday warned against travel to Venezuela unless necessary, citing a fresh political crisis in the South American country.

"We're advising Taiwan nationals not to travel to Venezuela for the time being and urging those who need to go there to exercise extreme caution and avoid crowded places," the ministry said.

It said all Taiwanese expatriates in Venezuela were safe.

Last December, MOFA issued an "orange" travel warning, its second highest, for Venezuela after the political turmoil in that country intensified, but the ministry has not raised the alert to the highest level, which is a "red" warning.

The MOFA reminder on Thursday followed a fresh development the previous day, when the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature declared himself interim leader of the country.

His move prompted tens of thousands of protesters to take to the streets in the capital Caracas, in demonstrations against or in support of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro.

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation in Venezuela and post information on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website about the latest developments and when the travel warning might be lifted," MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said.

(By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang)
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