What To Know Before Visiting Venezuela


Venezuela is a country that has been in the eye of the storm in recent years due political and economic instability. However, despite the challenges, Venezuela remains an attractive tourist destination for many foreign travellers looking to explore the rich culture, lush nature and dreamy beaches. But is it safe to travel to Venezuela?
In this article, we will give you some useful tips about staying safe while visiting this often overlooked South American country.

Safety and crime in Venezuela

Security in Venezuela has been a concern in recent years due to the high crime rate and social and political instability. However, this does not mean that Venezuela is constantly dangerous or off-limits to visitors. As of 2023, the situation has stabilized and general safety has improved. Most people visiting Venezuela do not experience any danger, as long as they take some basic precautionary measures.
Just like many South American countries, Venezuela has areas that are safe, and areas which should be avoided. It’s best to stay out of districts such as slums and visibly deteriorated areas. If you are unsure if an area is safe you should ask locals, such as staff at a restaurant or hotel. Venezuelans want you to enjoy their country and will try to help you stay safe.
You should always be aware of your personal belongings at all times, especially in crowded places such as markets and public transportation stations. Carry only the essentials and leave valuables in a safe place. Take only the necessary amount of money with you, and leave backup cash and a credit card. Avoid prolonged use of cell phones on the streets, especially where there are motorcycles.
Avoid uncrowded areas especially at night. It’s best to get around using a taxi app, such as Ridery or Yummy, which you should download and activate when you arrive. Keep your passport in a safe place. You should get a laminated copy of your passport to carry with you.
Another tip is to travel in groups and with an experienced tour guide, especially if you plan to visit remote or rural areas. Foreign tourists can sometimes be targets for criminals, so it is best not to travel alone and always be accompanied by someone who knows the territory well and can serve as an interpreter if you do not speak Spanish.
We recommend getting a local SIM card as soon as you are in Venezuelan territory to notify your family and friends of your status. It will also help you to use online maps and apps such as taxi services.
In case you are confronted by a criminal, it is recommended not to resist them. You should carry a concealed backup wallet.

Mobility and transportation

If you land at Caracas Maiquetia International Airport, the main gateway to Venezuela, it is advisable to arrange transportation in advance. You can ask your first hotel or accommodation provider to arrange transport. There are taxis authorized to provide services from the airport. As of 2023, it costs between $25 and $50 to reach the city center. There is also a safe bus service which leaves from in front of the domestic airport and travels to the Caracas city center, with a terminal near Parque Central.
If you use public transportation in Venezuela, avoid flaunting any valuables such as cell phones, jewellery or cameras. Keep your bag in front of you and avoid having valuables in your pockets.
If driving on interstate highways, it is recommended to avoid travelling at night through remote areas. You will often drive through police checkpoints, where you will be asked to show your passport, and may have your vehicle checked.
In Venezuela, it is unusual for major natural events such as earthquakes and hurricanes to occur. However, in recent seasons there have been heavy rains that cause floods and landslides that may cause road interruptions. You should be prepared for delays and changes to your travel schedule.
In summary, is it safe to travel to Venezuela? As in any other country, there are potential risks to be considered, but with some basic precautionary measures, foreign tourists can enjoy a safe and pleasant trip to this South American country.
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Joel Dullroy

Joel is a journalist and videographer who has visited Venezuela frequently since 2022.