Travel Information Venezuela
- FLAG 🇻🇪
- CAPITAL Caracas
- GOVERNMENT Republic, de facto dictatorship
- CURRENCY Bolivar Fuerte (VEF)
- POPULATION 27,150,095 (2011 census)
- TOTAL AREA 912,050km² (water: 30,000km² land: 882,050km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Venezuela uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-04:30
- LOCATION Venezuela is located in South America.
Most popular cities in Venezuela
- Caracas – Being the capital and the largest city in Venezuela, Caracas is known for being one of the most cosmopolitan and modern cities in South America. Unfortunately, crime is an epidemic. However the city has many attractions.
- Carupano – A town on the Caribbean Coast famous for its carnival and nearby paradise beaches.
- Coro – The first capital of Venezuela and a city of colonial architecture, a unique natural scenery and many tourist attractiveness. It is a World Heritage Site.
- Ciudad Bolivar – Stop-off point for flights to Angel Falls, and a comfortable stopover to Brazil.
- Ciudad Guayana – Full of heavy industry, it is Venezuela´s most organized city and the main gateway to the Orinoco Delta and the Gran Sabana. It is locally still known as either Puerto Ordaz or San Félix. In this city you will find a curious and strange phenomenon where two rivers, “El Orinoco” and “El Caroní” find each other but don’t mix up because of the density of their water.
- Maracaibo – Venezuela’s second city, built on oil. Here you can watch a natural phenomenon, “El relámpago del Catatumbo” or The Catatumbo Thunder, where during 297 nights a year you can watch electric storms for ten hours.
- Maracay – Once the capital of Venezuela, now home to the military.
- Mérida – A charming university town in the Andes, popular for outdoor activities.
- Puerto La Cruz – Thé city if you want to visit the beaches in Eastern Venezuela.
- San Cristóbal – An industrious city in the Andes mountains, next to Colombia.
- Valencia – An industrial city.
Sockets & Plugs
120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
Venezuela uses the Venezuelan bolívar (symbol: Bs.F.), with code VEF.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 bolívar. A Bolívar is subdivided into 100 céntimos. Coins they come in denominations of 1 bolívars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 céntimos.
Automatic teller machines are pretty common in Venezuela, and you can usually find them in both large & small cities. You don’t need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM because your standard magnetic card will work fine.
The internet speed is on average 1.6 Mbps.
The WiFi coverage in Venezuela is moderate and it’s relatively easy to find one when you need one.
In Venezuela you can buy a SIM card for about 386.12 VEF, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Movistar, Digitel or Movilnet.
They use GSM mobile networks GSM 850, GSM 900 and GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card upon arrival, make sure to check your roaming charges with your own telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when returning home.
To call the country, dial +, then 58 (the country code for Venezuela), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
A very high crime rate
Venezuela has a very high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
You drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 15-30 km/h (9-18 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on undivided highways.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
To rent a car:
- must be over 25
- you must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
In the country prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
No vaccinations are required to enter Venezuela
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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