10 things you need to know before arriving to Venezuela!

Arriving to Venezuela
Welcome to Venezuela!

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Important - entry protocol (COVID-19):

To enter Venezuela, we must have a PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours when entering the country. We will have to show the test (negative, of course) when checking in for the international flight. Please make sure to get the PCR result on time for the international flight. You can bring the result on paper or in digital form.

Upon entering Venezuela, according to their protocol, we have to perform another PCR test.  Some airlines include the cost of this PCR test in the price of the flight ticket, so check with your airline, but still bring cash just in case.

Before leaving to Venezuela, you need to register on the Venezuelan website:

https://pasedesalud.casalab.com.ve/ 

The process is simple. First you register with your email address and create an account, then you need to verify your email address (verify) and then the system guides you through the process. It is necessary to enter all your data and flight data. In the Contact tab, enter the location of the place where you’ll stay the first night. 

Are you joining one of our tours?  Great, we will provide the hotel address in the confirmation program.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.

Arrival to Caracas

When you enter the terminal, follow the lines to the registration desks for PCR test. Show your QR code (Pase de Salud) and you’ll get a ticket that you show to the nurse. Follow the lines to the next part where you take the test, the airport staff will guide the way. Take the test and follow immigration signs.
At immigration desk show the tour itinerary 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.

Once you get out of the plane, you will find a line to get the COVID test at no cost. This process will be before inmigration and collecting your bags

Required travel documents

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months or a valid identity card (Cedula only if you are venezuelan).
  • Digital and/or printed PCR test certificate.
  • Digital and printed vaccination / illness certificate (optional).  
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!

Venezuela Tour
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.

Communication

SIM cards are available (must be ordered in advance with our company), but the signal isn’t available everywhere and so isn’t mobile data. WIFI is available in most of the hotels and posadas and in some restaurants.

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.

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