Venezuelan tourist visa for USA Citizens 2023
Is it really impossible to get a visa to visit Venezuela? It looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and Mexico City seems to be the key.
Before reading, important to let you know that:
1) We are not an agency for visas to Venezuela. Such service does not exist as far as I know.
2) We don’t have any “contacts” or internal influence, we don’t even want to try!
3) We are only making it easier for all the US & Canada citizens who are willing to visit Venezuela (hopefully with us! haha)
4) We are only a small nature tours company in Venezuela with 21 years of expertise!
Please don’t insist! We cannot help with visas!
I managed to get in touch with an officer from the Venezuelan Consulate in Mexico and this is very fresh and useful information. June 2023
I had a pleasant phone conversation with a friendly officer from the Consulate of Venezuela in Mexico City. They were verifying the information provided by clients who are currently applying for a visa. During our discussion, I gathered valuable information that can greatly assist you in obtaining the visa successfully.
Here are the simple steps you need to follow:
1) Contact the Consulate exclusively through email at firstname.lastname@example.org . It would be helpful to include “Visa to Visit Venezuela” along with the corresponding month and year in the email subject line.
2) The Consulate will promptly send you all the necessary documentation required, such as bank statements, an employer’s letter, and passport details.
3) You can easily send all the required information via email. You can simply scan your passport and attach the files. This method is much more convenient than before!
4) The initial part of the process typically takes around 4-5 weeks. During this time, the Consulate carefully organizes and categorizes the various correspondence received, including inquiries from tourists, Venezuelan nationals, new passports, and other documents.
Approximately one week after receiving all your documentation, the Consulate will reach out to you to schedule an interview. The language of the interview, whether in English or Spanish, is not yet confirmed. Additionally, the Consulate will also contact your employer during this stage.
The entire process usually lasts around 6 weeks, from start to finish.
I recently made contact with a US citizen who got his visa approved to visit Venezuela in Aug 2022.
He obtained his visa in the Consulate of Mexico City, Mexico.
I have heard at least from 3 different travelers that this can be the most effective way to get the Tourist visa in Venezuela for US citizens.
If you are an EU citizen you don’t need visas. If you are Canadian, you can apply at the Ottawa Consulate of Venezuela.
I will not reveal his name and phone number, he will probably get crazy with the amount of people asking, however I tried to put as much information as possible and I will be adding more within the following weeks, also based on the feedback of other travelers plus my personal research.
I will call him Joe in this post.
This is the transcript of our whatsapp conversation:
Joe: Hey Ben, I heard you wanted to know more about the process for Americans getting the tourist visa for Venezuela
Do you know anyone in Mexico City? You have to apply in person but if you could have a courier there to submit the documents then you might be able to get American tourists. After you drop off the documents, it takes 4-6 weeks. Then the applicant needs to visit Mexico City in person to get the visa in their passport. I hope this information helps, and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out
Ben: Yes, thanks! I have got a few questions…
Do they all have to go in person? Or they can use a courier service from the USA?
Joe: I had to visit the embassy twice (once on June 20 and again on August 1).
If you had a courier for the documents then you would only need to visit once which would be much easier
I know for Step 1 you can use a courier, but when actually obtaining the visa 6 weeks later I’m not sure. However, since you are unable to book flights directly from the USA to Venezuela you might be able to convince clients to go to Mexico first, then buy flights from MEX-CCS
Ben: So they can send documents via courier, 4-6 weeks, and then they personally go to collect the passport?
For Step 2 you do need the physical passport, which would need to be mailed to the courier. It might be easier for the tourists to just go themselves
The passport is not required for step 1, only copies of the passport and other paperwork. For step 2 passport is required
The good thing is that all documentation required for step 1 could be sent to the courier electronically
Ben: …I see!
So, they send copies + all documents in Step 1
Step 2 they must attend in person to obtain the visa and fly out.
They prepare all docs, send it electronically to the courier in Mexico City ?
Yes! All of these can be sent via email
I actually just went myself twice.
It might be hard to convince clients to go to Mexico City twice, but since I’m such a hardcore traveler and wanted to go to Venezuela so badly I thought it was worth it!
To visit Venezuela you must apply for a Tourist Visa.
Read directly from the Official Website here: https://mexico.embajada.gob.ve/visa-de-turista/
Tourist Visa (T)
It will be granted to foreigners who enter the country for recreation or leisure, health or activities that do not involve remuneration or profit.
The requirements are
Original and copy of the passport with a minimum validity of six (6) months.
Document proving your residence in the country of origin.
Two (2) recent photos (front, color and passport size).
Bank letter (indicating date of opening of the account, number and balance)
Work letter (working time, position and salary)
Copy of real estate, commercial, business, mercantile or industrial property records (if applicable)
Photocopy of the ticket to and from Venezuela.
Medical certificate issued by the health authority of the country of origin.
Hotel reservation or notarized letter of invitation.
Proof of payment of the corresponding consular fee.
Note: The cost of the consular fee must be consulted at the Diplomatic or Consular Representation.
Where is the Consulado de Venezuela en Ciudad de México?
Embajada de Venezuela
Schiller No. 326, Chapultepec Morales, Polanco V Secc, Ciudad de México, CDMX, México
They don't answer the phone or answer emails...crazy!
If you read the reviews, that is one of the most frequent complaints.
They seem to be efficient if you do it like Joe did.
I found these reviews on their Google Business page:
“The public servants surely do their very best to attend to a big number of citizens coming from North and Central America! Congratulations for your hard work!”
“Popped in on a daytrip from California to pick up my tourist visa. Dropped off my passport at 9am and picked it up at 2pm the same day. The staff was AWESOME- super helpful, nice and professional. Highly recommend anyone looking to visit Venezuela to get their visa from this embassy.”
“Friendly services, but time consuming”
“Excellent staff, very friendly, professional and efficient… My experience in particular was very pleasant with a highly qualified, prepared and efficient staff. When it comes to clarifying any doubt, they do it clearly and concisely. Overall very grateful”
:The staff provides exceptional treatment, respectful and with a great attitude of service. My recommendation is that you arrive as early as possible so that you can do the process calmly. In my case, I arrived from 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., to be one of the first and prevent the system from crashing. To obtain the passport, you must carry the passport appointment form (printed) along with a copy of the identity card or passport. The payment forms were not asked for. Success to all!”