The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of air travel between the U.S. and Venezuela, effective immediately.

Key points:

  • The suspension affects all passenger and cargo flights, and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • Individuals traveling between the two countries will need to find alternative routes through third countries that may require additional immigration procedures.

Background: The order by the Transportation Secretary is based on findings by the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security on conditions in Venezuela, and the Secretary of State approved the flight suspension on Wednesday, May 15. U.S. consular services in Venezuela have been suspended since January.

BAL Analysis: Companies should make alternative plans for those employees needing to travel between the two countries.

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