A nationwide state of exception (state of emergency) has been in effect since January 15, 2016.
Even worse, the country is also facing a shortage on other basic necessities such as medicine and soap.
The country is basically split into two: those who are in favor of the United Socialist Party (PSUV), the party of former President Hugo Chávez and current President Maduro, and those who oppose the party and want new leadership.
Demonstrations can take many forms, including large-scale gatherings, marches, national strikes and roadblocks, including on major highways.
Disruptions to traffic and public transportation may occur and may make movements very difficult for long periods of time.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries.