Venezuela Travel Information
President Maduro has introduced a state of emergency
and the authorities have implemented strong measures
against the covid-19 virus. Air traffic has been
suspended, but some flights are still being reported.
All foreigners who came to the country in March are
quarantined. All of the country's residents are
quarantined, which will initially last until April 13,
with opportunities for expansion. It is recommended to
familiarize yourself well with measures and local
regulations. For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
Venezuela is one of the countries in the world with
the highest crime, and travelers must exercise the
utmost care. There may be demonstrations and violent
confrontations in the streets of the capital Caracas and
other cities. One can meet roadblocks and tear gas can
be used. Travelers should be especially cautious and
stay away from demonstrations. It is recommended that
you stay informed about the situation on an ongoing
The general crime rate in Venezuela has long been
high. Caracas is close to the top of the crime
statistics worldwide. In particular, homicide rates are
alarmingly high, especially in the Caracas area. At the
Maiquetia International Airport, kidnappings and
robberies committed by fictitious taxi drivers are
reported. Robbery, murder and assault are commonplace in
the largest cities in Venezuela. Kidnapping for ransom
is also very widespread. If you are traveling in
Venezuela, you should contact a relative who knows the
travel details and who you can contact if you are
assaulted or kidnapped.
Most of the killings take place in the poor
neighborhoods that cover the hills around Caracas. These
areas should be avoided. Crime affecting tourists is
usually money-motivated, in the form of theft and armed
robbery. Events happen both daytime and evening. It is
therefore recommended to be especially careful when
choosing a place of residence and in general when
traveling. One should avoid traveling alone. Luggage and
personal belongings should be kept under close
supervision at airports, bus stations etc.
Travelers should avoid entering the border areas
between Colombia and Venezuela as there are various
armed groups as well as a significant element of illegal
activities of various kinds.
You should not take a taxi on the street but book a
taxi per day. telephone through hotels and restaurants,
etc. from a reputable company, or organize their own
transport service. Cases of sea hijacking have also
occurred in Venezuelan waters.
When using domestic aircraft one should consider the
airline. There are rogue players and there have been a
number of accidents involving small aircraft.
Floods occur during the rainy season across the
country. During the rainy season, larger landslides may
Venezuela is regularly hit by small and large
- Countryaah: Caracas is the capital
of Venezuela. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
All travelers are advised to register at
Venezuela is visa-free for stays of up to three
months. You should ensure that the passport is valid for
at least six months after the date of entry.
If you are going to stay for a longer period or work
in Venezuela, you can apply for a visa before entering
the Venezuelan Embassy in Oslo or after entering a
consular office. Journalists must apply for a visa at
the Ministry of Communications in Caracas to enter
Venezuela, and this should in theory be done through the
Venezuelan Embassy. The Norwegian Embassy in Bogota
recommends doing this well in advance of travel. For
more information on visa rules, contact the Venezuelan
Embassy in Oslo.
Upon departure, airport charges are payable if not
included in the ticket.
When arriving at Maiquetia, the international airport
of Caracas, one should be vigilant in every way, and not
least when choosing a taxi. It is recommended to be
picked up by friends, business contacts, hotel or tour
operators. One should also be careful when exchanging
money at the airport.
Contact the Venezuelan Embassy in Oslo for more
Embassy of Venezuela
PO Box 2820 Solli, 0204 Olso
Office Hours: 09.00 - 15.00
Consular Section: 09.00 - 12.30 (Mon-Fri)
Tel: 22 43 06 60, 22 43 01 65
Fax: 22 43 14 70
Coronavirus (covid-19): The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs has urged all Norwegian citizens
traveling abroad to consider returning home as soon as
possible, in a safe and quiet manner, in consultation
with their travel or airline. Norwegian citizens who
live abroad should heed the advice and guidance of local
Norwegian travelers should generally stay abreast of
the development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation. Information from Venezuelan
health authorities can be found on the Ministry of
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
For official health professional travel advice see
the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Other important information:
- President Maduro has introduced "Estado de
Alarma" (state of emergency)
- Quarantine throughout the country as of March
17. This means that anyone who does not work in the
health or safety sector, or who provides food
distribution, must stay home at all times without
the need for food and other essential goods.
- All air traffic from Europe and selected Latin
American countries (Colombia, Panama and the
Dominican Republic) is suspended. Nevertheless, some
departures are reported and it is important to keep
up to date through contact with travel/airline
- All foreigners who came to the country in March
- National air traffic also suspended.
- Schools, universities, parks, bars and
restaurants are closed. Takeaway allowed. Religious
gatherings and cultural events canceled. Grocery
stores are open between 8am and 6pm.
- As the situation has been rapidly changing,
reservations about conditions and restrictions other
than those described above are made.
- National borders to Colombia and Brazil are
The Venezuelan health system maintains a consistently
poorer standard than in Norway. Remember to always take
out travel insurance before departure.
Lack of many vital household products, medicines and
other equipment in hospitals can make it difficult to
get an ideal medical treatment when needed. Therefore,
you should bring necessary medicines yourself.
The Venezuelan authorities recommend all travelers to
be vaccinated against yellow fever. It is recommended to
check with the Venezuelan Embassy in Oslo if it is
required to show vaccination cards upon entry.
The sanitary conditions of hotels and restaurants are
consistently satisfactory. Bottled water is recommended.
Visitors may have slightly easier stomach upset due to.
the unfamiliar bacterial flora. Cholera, dengue,
hepatitis, malaria, yellow fever and zika occur. Malaria
and yellow fever in particular are a problem in rural
areas inland. Contact the Norwegian health authorities
For foreign visitors in Venezuela, the currency
system is a particular challenge. It operates with
several different exchange rates. The official exchange
rate is fixed at ten bolivares per share. dollars (USD),
while another official course, Dicom, is much higher and
is often used by hotels and tourist sites. There is a
parallel black market with much higher rates, but
exchanges with local people at the airport or on the
street are not recommended. The exchange office at the
airport exchanges dollars for bolivares, as well as
larger hotels. It is not possible to exchange from
Bolivares to foreign currency.
Credit cards can be used in major cities, but due to
the economic crisis, it can be difficult to withdraw
cash from an ATM. It is recommended to bring US dollars
One should exercise caution when withdrawing at ATMs and
never give up the card when paying in restaurants and
Banks are open from 9am to 3pm. Public offices
usually have opening hours between 09:00 and 17:00, but
this should be checked online. The opening hours of the
shops vary, but are usually 09.00-19.00. Some offices
and shops are closed between 13:00 and 15:00.
Venezuela has 110 volts of power. The landline is
developed largely throughout the country, but old lines
can degrade the quality in some areas. The mobile
network is well developed in cities and urban areas.
Time differences in relation to Norway are: - 5 hours
(- 6 hours when there is summer time in Norway).
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance. The public can contact the UD's
24-hour operating center on tel. +47 23 95 00 00 and by
Travelers are always encouraged to bring a passport.
A copy of the passport is not a valid ID.
English is not widely used and it will be a great
advantage to be able to speak some Spanish. Venezuelans
are informal and pleasant people, and one comes a long
way with ordinary courtesy and customs. In some business
contexts, a certain dress code is expected.
Drug smuggling is punishable by long prison terms
(typically ten years) under very harrowing conditions.
The conditions in the prisons are very difficult, and
foreigners are not given any special treatment.