The U.S. State Department announced Friday that it will recognize Venezuelan passports for five years past their printed date of expiration.
Background: A number of countries have changed immigration and travel requirements for Venezuelan nationals amid the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis. The U.S. suspended air travel between the two countries last month. The State Department’s action on Friday came after opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the U.S. recognizes as Venezuela’s interim president, signed a decree to extend Venezuelan passport validity.
BAL Analysis: The move to extend passport validity will make it easier for Venezuelans to obtain consular services or enter the U.S., especially given delays applicants often face in obtaining passports or other services in Venezuela.
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