US citizens intending to travel to Venezuela are required to obtain visas and tourist cards in order to enter the country. Tourist cards are issued on flights originating from the US to Venezuela for those who are staying for a maximum of 90 days. For non-touristic purposes, or stays of more than 90 days, a visa must be obtained in advance of travel.
In addition, US citizens must ensure that their passports are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Venezuela, and that they are in good condition. There have been reports of some US citizens who have been refused entry into Venezuela because their passports had a validity of less than 6 months and some US citizens have experienced delays or overnight detentions for presenting passports that were of poor condition.
Americans who are residing in Venezuela are also strongly advised to exercise caution and not employ intermediaries when obtaining documentation that are appropriate to their residence status in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government agency responsible for immigration documents, SAIME, has informed the Embassy that resident visas for which the bearer has personally signed at SAIME headquarters in Caracas are the only ones recognized as valid.
- Valid US passport with no less than 6 months before expiration.
- 1 fully accomplished and duly signed visa application form.
- 2 recent passport size photographs.
- For tourist stays of more than 90 days:
- Demonstrate intention of non-emigration to a consular official.
- Proof of residence in a foreign country.
- Proof of bank account.
- Proof of employment.
- Documentation of any buildings, businesses or industries owned.
- Documentation of family members residing in Venezuela.
- Proof of economic conditions or other interests that suggest the requester intends to return to her or his home country.
- For business purposes:
- Letter from employer stating the purpose and length of the travel, contact information of the company and name of the person to be contacted in Venezuela.
- Letter of invitation from the company to contact in Venezuela detailing the name of the person his phone, address as well as the activities that will be performed by the invitee.
- Registration in the business or commercial registry, chamber of commerce, trade or industry association is required.
- For transit purposes:
- Proof of intention to continue traveling to a third country, confirmed by the business providing travel.
- For religious purposes:
- A written request signed by the head of the Congregation, indicating the religion, type of worship or related activity, length of stay and address in Venezuela.
- For study purposes:
- A request letter from the student’s institution of learning should be presented, indicating the funds available to the student in Venezuela.
- An acceptance letter from the institution of learning where the studying will take place, or from the firm where the internship will take place.
- Academic titles and/or records.
Visa Processing Fee:
Only company checks or money order are accepted. Payment should be made out to “Embajada de Venezuela”.
- Transit and tourist visa: US$30
- Business, student and religious visa: US$60
Minors traveling alone, with only 1 parent or with a third party are required to obtain the relevant travel authorization by submitting the required documents. Without the authorization, immigration officials will prevent the child from leaving Venezuela.
Travelers coming from infected areas are required to present a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. Furthermore, those departing Venezuela to a destination that requires vaccine for the same, yellow fever vaccination is recommended, which must be administered at least 10 days prior to travel. The public is also advised of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue which is common in some areas of Venezuela; visitors should take precautions to prevent infection.
Those departing Venezuela by airline are required to pay an exit and airport fee and authorities require the payment to be made in local currency. Non-US airlines usually do not include this fee in the airline ticket price. Travelers are advised to confirm this with their carriers.
All the information provided here are subject to change at any time. Travelers are advised to obtain the most current entry, exit and customs requirement for Venezuela before traveling.
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
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Telephone: (202) 342-2214
Fax: (202) 342-6820
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