Authorities in Ecuador have implemented a contingency plan on Sunday, June 16, at the country's borders with Peru and Colombia in order to curb the number of Venezuelan migrants entering Ecuador without the required visa documents. This measure has been implemented as an urgent response to what is perceived as a potential humanitarian crisis.
An increased security presence is expected. Processing time at both borders are expected to increase over the next several weeks.
Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state.
Individuals in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia are advised to monitor developments, allow ample travel time if crossing the Ecuador/Colombia or Ecuador/Peru borders and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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