Some hotels in Venezuela are advising guests to bring their own toilet paper, a local tourism industry spokesperson says.
“For over a year we haven’t had toilet paper, soap, any kind of milk, coffee or sugar. So we have to tell our guests to come prepared,” Xinia Camacho told Fusion. Camacho is the proprietor of a 20-room hotel at the base of Sierra Nevada national park.
In the black market you have to pay 110 bolivares [$0.50] for a roll of toilet paper that usually costs 17 bolivares [$ 0.08] in the supermarket…We don’t want to participate in the corruption of the black market, and I don’t have four hours a day to line up for toilet paper.
This report comes in the wake of the Venezuelan government preventing people from bringing everyday goods across the Colombian border near where the hotel is located. The ban was imposed in an effort to stem the flow of contraband, Fusion also noted.
The British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a travel warning on its website regarding the Venezuelan border with Colombia. “The opening hours of the land border crossings with Colombia have been reduced as a measure to fight smuggling. Until further notice, borders will remain closed from 6pm until 5am,” said the warning, continuing:
Levels of street crime are high. Armed muggings and ‘express kidnappings’ are a regular occurrence. Resistance to robbery has resulted in victims being shot dead. Take care at all times, especially when arriving in the country.
The U.S. State Department has a travel warning of its own:
Kidnappings are also a serious concern throughout the country. In 2013, 625 kidnappings were reported to the authorities. It is estimated that roughly 80 percent of kidnappings go unreported; the actual number of kidnappings in 2013 is likely much higher.
h/t: Business Insider
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