You may face difficulties obtaining a Venezuela visa for the time being because the situation in Venezuela is currently unstable. Therefore, the governments of several countries have issued travel advisories warning their citizens to avoid all trips to Venezuela.
Venezuela Visa Requirements
The Venezuela visa policy offers visa-free entrance to citizens of several countries if they are entering for a short-term period.
If you are from one of the following countries, you can enter Venezuela without a visa for up to 90 days (unless otherwise stated):
|EU Member States||Andorra||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Brazil *||Colombia||Costa Rica|
|Hong Kong||Iceland||Iran (Maximum stay of 15 days)|
|Russia (Maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days)||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Saint Lucia|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||San Marino||South Africa|
|South Korea||Switzerland||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Turkey||United Kingdom||Uruguay *|
Visa exemption applies to holders of ordinary passports.
* Nationals of these countries can enter with just their ID Cards, but only if travelling as tourists.
** Nationals of Bolivia must have a hotel reservation or a notarized letter of invitation to be allowed to enter.
If you have a diplomatic or service passport issued by the following countries, you can enter Venezuela without a visa for up to 90 days, unless otherwise stated:
|Bulgaria||Chile||China (Up to 30 days)|
|Colombia (Only diplomatic passports)||Costa Rica||Cuba|
|Czech Republic||Ecuador||El Salvador|
|Indonesia (Up to 30 days)||Iran (Up to 30 days)||Israel|
|Italy (Only diplomatic passports)||Jamaica||Latvia|
|Poland||Portugal (Only diplomatic passports)||Qatar (Only diplomatic passports)|
|South Korea||Spain||Suriname (Only diplomatic passports)|
|Switzerland||Syria||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Turkey (Up to 30 days)||United Kingdom||Uruguay|
How to Apply for a Venezuela Visa?
If you need a Venezuelan visa, you have to apply for one at the nearest Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate. But at the moment, many of the Venezuelan diplomatic representation offices abroad have closed down and are not offering consular services, such as visa issuance or passport renewal (for Venezuelan citizens). This is due to the high political tensions and unrest currently taking place in Venezuela.
Therefore, obtaining a Venezuela visa can prove to be very difficult, or perhaps even impossible in some cases.
Is Venezuela Safe to Visit?
At the moment, Venezuela does not seem safe to visit. The government websites of many countries, including the US, Canada, and the UK have issued warnings against travelling there. The unsafe conditions are as a result of political conflict.
Safety concerns in Venezuela include armed robberies, kidnappings, carjackings, as well as mugging and pickpocketing. There are also frequent political marches and protests in most of Venezuela. There have also been instances of violence and fatalities if the victims resisted the perpetrators.
Venezuela Visa for US Citizens
As a US citizen, you need a visa to enter Venezuela. You must have a visa before you travel because they are not available on arrival. However, the Venezuelan embassy and consulates in the US are not open for visa processing, therefore, it may be difficult to
In addition, the US Department of State warns all American citizens to avoid any travel to Venezuela “due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, kidnapping, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”