Venezuela: British Nationals Abroad

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of (a) British embassy staff and (b) other British nationals resident in Venezuela.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

We regularly review the safety of British Embassy staff and embassy contingency plans. This planning enables the embassy to respond to situations such as the recent blackout in Venezuela. I have been in direct communication personally with our Ambassador.

We maintain contact with British Nationals in Venezuela through a Consular Warden network and by ensuring that information is disseminated via the embassy's website. We also ensure that Travel Advice is regularly reviewed, most recently on 8 March, and published on the GOV.UK website.

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