US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to Venezuela

1. Are commercial flights operating to Venezuela?

No. Flights to Venezuela are suspended until October 12, 2020.

Exceptions flights include: humanitarian, medevac, and repatriation flights

2. Does the US Govt have any restriction on travel to Venezuela?

Yes.

The US Depart of State maintains August 06, 2020 Level 4: Do Not Travel for Venezuela. The current advisory reads:

3. How safe is Venezuela to travel for US citizens?

Crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and hostages are major security issues that the Depart of State has taken into considerations to place Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory for Venezuela.

Crime: Violent crime is pervasive throughout Venezuela. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and take personal security precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Here are some recommendations.

  1. Maintain a low profile
  2. Carry as little U.S. currency as possible
  3. Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry
  4. Avoid having cell phones or other electronic devices visible
  5. Remain vigilant even in upscale residential areas
  6. Do not take public transportation
  7. Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs
  8. Travel in groups
  9. Provide your itinerary to a family member or friend
  10. Avoid traveling at nighttime

Demonstrations: Political marches and demonstrations are frequent in all areas of Venezuela, including major cities and tourist destinations. Avoid demonstrations as even peaceful demonstrations may turn violent or result in arrests. Follow local news media reports or contact the U.S. Department of State for up-to-date information.

Kidnapping: Kidnappings are a serious issue.

Virtual kidnappings: Criminals collect information on minors and then use the data to call parents for ransom without the children being taken,

Inside kidnappings: Domestic employees are paid large sums of money for keys and information in order to kidnap children for ransom.

Drugs: There is an active narcotics trade in Venezuela. Do not accept packages from anyone, and keep your luggage with you at all times. U.S. citizens have been actively recruited to act as narcotics couriers or “drug mules.” U.S. citizens arrested at the airport with narcotics in their possession can expect to serve extended jail terms in Venezuela under extremely difficult prison conditions.

Taxis: Do not use “libre” taxis or any taxis hailed on the street. Taxi drivers in Caracas are known to overcharge, rob, injure, and even kidnap passengers. Use only radio-dispatched taxis or taxis from reputable hotels. Call a 24-hour radio-dispatched taxi service from a public phone or ask hotel, restaurant, or airline staff to contact a licensed taxi company. U.S. Embassy Montevideo

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel

PASSPORT VALIDITY

06 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES

One page for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENT

Yes before traveling

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS ENTRY/EXIT

Beyond $10,000 must be disclosed

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas suspended operations on March 13, 2019 and therefore cannot provide protection or consular services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela.

For any assistance, you may reach out to the US Dept of State as per the following contact informaiton:

Email: ACSBogota@state.gov; VenezuelaEmergencyUSC@state.gov; or
Phone: 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas).