Traveling to Venezuela: entry rules, list of required documents and useful information for tourists
Every year, Venezuela attracts more and more tourists. This country is known for its unique natural resources and minerals. Find out more about the current entry and security rules, as well as the necessary documents for traveling
Venezuela is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The snowy peaks of the Andes, the rocky island of Tortuga, the jungles of the Orinoco River Valley, golden beaches, coral reefs, atolls, Caribbean resorts, incredible nature and unique animal life - all this can be found in Venezuela.
The main pearl of the country is the highest waterfall in the world, Angel. Another tourist attraction of Venezuelan cities is colonial architecture. The name of the state translates as "Little Venice". The fact is that the houses of the Indians, which are built on stilts and stand in the water, reminded Europeans of this Italian city.
The natural diversity and architecture of the state attract more and more tourists every year. However, the diplomatic institutions of most countries of the world do not advise travelers to travel to Venezuela, because there is a high level of crime, frequent riots and an unstable economic situation. Therefore, before traveling, you should weigh all the risks, if you decide to go on a trip, avoid protests, demonstrations and follow safety rules.
List of documents and rules for entering Venezuela
Citizens of 70 countries can visit Venezuela without a visa. These include all citizens of the European Union, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean, South Africa, Qatar, Japan, etc.
Tourists can stay in the country for up to 90 days.
List of documents for traveling to Venezuela without a visa
- foreign passport that is valid for at least 6 months after entering the country;
- confirmation of the availability of a sufficient amount of funds to pay for the stay in the country;
- tour route and/or hotel reservation;
- return ticket;
- health insurance policy that covers the cost of Covid treatment and other insured events. The minimum amount is $30,000.
Visa must be issued before traveling at one of the diplomatic missions of Venezuela in the country of residence.
Importantly! It is impossible to issue a visa at the airport in Venezuela.
Documents can be submitted to the consular section of the Venezuelan embassy in person or through a proxy. The deadline for issuing a tourist and transit visa is 10-15 days after submitting the documents. A tourist visa is issued for one year, is multiple-entry and allows you to stay in the country for up to 90 days.
The consular fee is $40.
List of documents for visa application
- visa application form;
- a foreign passport, the validity of which must be at least six months;
- a certificate from the place of work, which indicates the position, salary, period of work in the company, a copy of the company's registration certificate;
- an invitation (if available), which must include the name, phone number, copy of the identity card and address of the person/company inviting;
- bank account statement indicating the account opening date, account number and balance (minimum amount $1,500);
- documents confirming the existence of real estate, commercial, trade, industrial property;
- photocopy of the internal passport with personal data;
- two color photographs of passport size;
- health insurance policy (minimum amount of $30,000);
- an original and a copy of a round-trip air ticket or an air ticket reservation, which must include the name of the airline, the number and dates of the flights.
Transit visa to Venezuela
Transit is allowed for citizens of countries with visa-free status or with a transit visa. A transit visa is issued for one year, is multiple-entry and allows you to stay in the country for no more than 72 hours for each entry.
Quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic
From December 31, 2022, Venezuela canceled all quarantine restrictions that were introduced in connection with the COVID-19 epidemic.
Vaccinations for travel to Venezuela
Vaccination against yellow fever is optional, but it is better to get it for your own safety.
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Security regulations in Venezuela
A tourist in Venezuela may be at risk of the following violent crimes: murder, armed robbery, shooting, sexual violence, kidnapping of people and property. Criminals are armed, so you should avoid walking in remote places, especially at night. Armed groups are mainly spread along Venezuela's borders with Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.
There is a high risk of kidnapping in the country. Therefore, use only the official taxi arranged by the hotel.
The political situation in Venezuela is unstable. Demonstrations and protests are common and can turn violent. If you are in an affected area, leave it if it is safe to do so.
Shortages of basic goods can cause long lines in stores and lead to fights, robberies and thefts. Keep extra supplies of food, water, medicine, and other essentials when traveling.
Natural disasters are also common in Venezuela - earthquakes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods and landslides. The rainy season lasts from May to December. While in the country, follow the information in the local mass media.
Best time to visit Venezuela
Venezuela is located quite close to the equator, so the climate here is favorable for traveling throughout the year. The temperature never drops below +20. However, it is better to plan a vacation in the so-called "dry" season - from December to April. However, if you want to enjoy the beauty of the local rivers and waterfalls, they are fuller in the summer months.
Important tips for a successful trip to Venezuela
1. Money - paying with credit cards is quite problematic even in big cities. Therefore, it is better to have cash in small bills. You can exchange currency only at official exchange points.
2. When traveling around the country, you must always have your documents with you, because the police often conduct checks.
3. The language of communication is Spanish. English is not widely spoken in the country. To communicate with local residents, you should learn basic phrases in Spanish or have a phrasebook.
4. It is better to consume and use bottled or boiled water.
5. Mobile communication and the Internet are not available everywhere. WI-FI is available in most hotels and some restaurants.
6. In Venezuela, American-style sockets and 110 V network.
Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:
Checklist for obtaining a visa and necessary documents in Venezuela;
Travel and medical insurance for foreigners in Venezuela;
Insurance for foreign students in Venezuela.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.
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