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View Alerts and Messages Archive. You must get a Venezuelan visa before traveling to Venezuela. Visas are not available upon arrival. Yellow fever vaccination required if coming from or transiting for more than 12 hours through Brazil. Embassy, Venezuela Calle 24 Bis No.
The U. Department of State strongly recommends that U. More information can be found within the U. Embassy in Caracas suspended operations on March 11, and therefore cannot provide protection or consular services to U. If you are a U. Please visit the U. Visas: The Venezuelan embassy and consulates in the United States are not open for visa processing. Contact the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington for updates about the future availability of visa services.
You must have the proper visa class and appropriate accreditation before traveling to Venezuela or face refusal of admission, expulsion, or detention. Immigration officials often require proof of accommodation while in Venezuela, adequate means of support, and an onward departure itinerary. Use only official crossing points when entering Venezuela. You must obtain an entry stamp upon entry. If you reside in Venezuela as a non-citizen, you must obtain legitimate Venezuelan residency documentation and renew your residency visa well in advance of expiration.
Consult the nearest Venezuelan embassy or consulate for further information. Dual Nationality: Venezuelan law requires Venezuelan citizens to enter and depart Venezuela using Venezuelan passports. If you hold dual U. Immunizations: Visit the CDC Traveler View website for vaccination information, including yellow fever vaccination requirements. Carry your International Certificate of Vaccination or yellow card with you upon arrival or departure. Find further information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction , and customs regulations on our websites.
Terrorism: Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on attacking U. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack — including knives, firearms, and vehicles — to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:. For more information, see our Terrorism . Crime: Violent crime is pervasive throughout Venezuela. Venezuela has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, and kidnappings are a serious concern. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Maintain a low profile, travel in groups of five or more, and provide family or friends with your itineraries prior to departure. Avoid police activity. Corruption within police forces is a concern, and criminals may be posing as police officers or National Guard members. Criminal gangs operate openly and with little repercussion, often setting up fake police checkpoints. Armed robberies, including with grenades and assault rifles, take place throughout the country, including in tourist areas and institutions such as banks and ATMs, national parks, shopping malls, public transportation stations, and universities.
Drugs: Do not accept packages from anyone and keep your luggage with you at all times. Some taxi drivers in Caracas are known to overcharge, rob, injure, and even kidnap passengers. Use only radio-dispatched taxis from taxi services, hotels, restaurants, and airline staff. Do not use public transportation such as city buses and the metro subway in Caracas. If you drive, be aware of attacks in tunnels and avoid obstacles in the road. Kidnappings, robberies at gunpoint, thefts, and muggings are common. Do not pack valuable items or documents in checked luggage. Individuals wearing seemingly official uniforms and displaying airport or police credentials have been involved in crimes inside the airport, including extortion and robberies.
Make advance plans for transportation from the airport to your hotel or destination using a trusted party or dispatch taxi service. Use only those located in well-lit, public places. ATM data is often hacked and used to make unauthorized withdrawals. Criminals target ATM users for robberies. Many ATMs do not have cash. Demonstrations: Demonstrations and political marches occur frequently in all areas of Venezuela, including major cities and tourist attractions.
They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically ificant holidays, and during international events. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent. Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
Check local media for updates and traffic advisories. Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Venezuela. Scammers often pose as U. Common scams include romance and online dating, money transfers, and lucrative currency exchanges. Victims of Crime: The U. Report crimes to the local police at , and contact the U. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime. See our web on help for U. Domestic Violence: U. Embassy in Bogota for assistance. Colombian Border: The area within a mile radius along the entire Venezuela and Colombian border is extremely dangerous.
Cross-border violence, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and smuggling are common. Some kidnapping victims are released after ransom payments, while others are murdered. Do not attempt to cross the land border. Tourism: No formal tourism industry infrastructure is in place on any level. Tourists are considered to be participating in activities at their own risk. Emergency response and subsequent appropriate medical treatment is not available in-country.
See our web for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Criminal Penalties : You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business. In Venezuela, it is illegal to take pictures of sensitive buildings, including the presidential palace, military bases, government buildings, and airports.
Drug trafficking is a serious problem in Venezuela and treated as such by Venezuelan authorities. Convicted traffickers receive lengthy prison sentences. Some offenses committed overseas can be prosecuted in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see the Department of State website and the Department of Justice website on crimes against minors abroad. Consular Access: If you are arrested or detained, the U. Ask police or prison officials to notify the nearest U. See our web for further information. There have been instances of U.Mas local mom looking for sex business travelers
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