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Venezuela: Do Not Travel

In light of the U.S. State Department's Level 4 Travel Advisory issued this week regarding Venezuela, APA President CA Dan Carey directs all APA pilots to cease flight operations into Venezuela. In its Travel Advisory, the U.S. Department of State cites "crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens." The Travel Advisory also notes that "violent crime, such as homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, and carjacking, is common," and recommends that U.S. residents "traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela." The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has suspended operations and has withdrawn diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, and is not providing any consular services.

Until further notice, if you are scheduled, assigned, or reassigned a pairing into Venezuela, refuse the assignment by calling your Chief Pilot or IOC Duty Pilot (682-315-4340). Inform them that you are refusing the assignment in accordance with the direction of the U.S. Department of State.

APA will provide follow-on information as soon as it becomes available.

To reiterate: Do not accept any trips to Venezuela.

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