10 things you need to know before arriving to Venezuela!
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.
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.
Once you pass the customs this is going to be the first view after the final sliding doors. You will be outside by then!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Don’t forget your converter! We use 110V.