President Nicolás Maduro scheduled military exercises at Venezuela's land and maritime borders on Tuesday, July 24, to test its military readiness and defense plan due to increased pressure on his regime from the United States. The exercises will also mark 208 years of the country's independence.
Processing and transportation delays are likely at land border crossings.
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 Venezuela are advised to anticipate a heavier than usual security presence, adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities, and minimize movement at or near land and maritime borders.
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