10 things you need to know before arriving to Venezuela!

Arriving to Venezuela
Welcome to Venezuela!

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Arrival in Caracas

At immigration desk show the tour itinerary and or hotel reservation if asked. Make sure you get a visible entry stamp. 
Once you’re done at immigration, follow the signs for baggage claim, get your baggage and find a form for customs declaration. Fill out the form, give it to the officials and then you can exit the arrival area.

Inmigration line can be slow sometimes.

Required travel documents

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months or a valid identity card (Cedula only if you are venezuelan).
  • Return ticket our of Venezuela (unless you are a resident). 
  • Hotel Reservation. 
Inmigration officer at your arrival to Venezuela

Once you pass the customs this is going to be the first view after the final sliding doors. You will be outside by then!

Coffee shops are the best meeting points

Money

In Venezuela, we pay everything in US dollars $ / USD. It is important to have cash with us as ATMs do not work. We also cannot get cash from banks. Therefore, it is necessary to order enough cash in dollar banknotes in your bank inyour home country. We also recommend many “smaller” banknotes for $ 1, 2, 5, 10, 20. These will come in very handy.
Sometimes you will receive your change in local currency, Bolivar and you can spend those together with $ or take them home as a souvenir.
Nowadays things are improving in Venezuela and it is possible to pay with your credit or debit card at several locations (more and more are added daily), so bring the card too, together with cash and it might also be useful.
For drinks and extra meals, we recommend between $15 and $30 / person / day in as small banknotes as possible (maybe less, but it’s good to have a reserve because ATMs don’t work). Water costs between $ 0.5 and $ 3 (depending on the size of the bottle), beer between $ 1 and $ 5 (locally – price depends on location), other drinks alike. Meal in a simple restaurant between $5 and $10, in a better one between $15 and $25.
Tips for the team and everyone involved are also given in $. Allow 5$ / day for tips.

SIM card for Venezuela

Get your SIM card at Digitel (from 06:30 AM to 06:30 PM) upon arriving at Simón Bolívar International Airport in the domestic terminal. Just bring your original passport, and you’re all set! The price is around US $10-20.

Next to the central exit you find Digitel office
Next to the central exit you find Digitel office
Venezuelans love talking to foreign visitors!

Language

The official language is Spanish. In some places they speak at least the basics of English.

Do Venezuelans speak English?
Not really; however folks are generally very helpful and you will usually be able to get your point over if you are patient. We do recommend that you learn a few basic phrases prior to your visit – every country loves to help folks that try. All of our office staff speak English and most of our guides too, although some local tour guides have a very basic knowledge. We will always try to give you sufficient information for you to be comfortable in case of unforeseen circumstances and to be able to complete your travel segments.

Climate

Venezuela has a typical tropical climate and is known for its dry and rainy periods. Traveling is advisable throughout the year. Daytime temperatures are between 25 and 35° C and nighttime temperatures are between 15 and 25 ° C. The sea is warmer, the interior is a degree lower. In the Andes it can get cold during the night.
Occasional showers are always possible, but these do not usually last that long.

You will love Venezuela!

What to pack for your tours in Venezuela?

We are constantly updating this list!  Click on the picture and download it, it is so useful. What else can we add? Any suggestions? 

Ideal Backpacks for Venezuela?

We don’t have agreements with Osprey but we really love their backpacks!  Feel free to bring the bag you find more convenient, just keep in mind that airlines allow 1 piece of 20 kilos + 1 small bag of 5 kilos as hand luggage.   

Electricity Converter is a must!

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Don’t forget your converter! We use 110V.

Our tours are just great!