According to programingplease, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) is a country in South America bordering Guyana, Brazil and Colombia. The capital of Venezuela is Caracas. A number of large cities in Venezuela are: Maracaibo, Barquisimeto, Valencia, Mérida and Maracay. Off the coast of Venezuela are a number of islands that are part of the country. Of these, the largest and most famous island is Isla Margarita.
Venezuela is known as a sun-drenched destination. No less than 350 days of sunshine a year! The landscape varies from lowland to mountainous with the highest point being the Pico Bolivar in the Andes Mountains with an altitude of 5007 meters. Venezuela also has the highest waterfall in the world, the Ángel waterfall with a height of 979 meters. On the coast you will find beautiful sandy beaches with clear blue water. Here you can also dive and snorkel. Furthermore, Venezuela is known for a number of National Parks, churches and caves. See andyeducation for education in South America.
Where is Venezuela located?
Travel information of Venezuela
Official name: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Continent: South America
Area: 912,050 km²
Country code: VE, VEN
Population: 28,644,603 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 4,981 m (Pico Bolívar)
Distance (Amsterdam – Caracas): 7,857 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Venezuela is discouraged.
Current color code: Orange and red. Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice
is in effect for Venezuela.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Venezuela that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Venezuela, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Venezuela. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Venezuela?
Weather and climate
Venezuela has a tropical climate.
The temperatures can be divided as follows:
– Up to 800 metres: approximately 30 degrees
– 800 to 2000 metres: approximately 20 degrees
– 2000 to 3500 metres: 10 to 15 degrees
– Above 3500 metres: approximately 5 degrees
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Venezuela can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Venezuela can be found at Climate info.
January, February, March, April and December are the best months to travel to Venezuela. This way you avoid the months with a lot of precipitation.
Spanish is the official language in Venezuela. In addition, several Indian languages are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Venezuela.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Venezuela for less than 90 days.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Venezuela: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Venezuela: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Venezuela in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Venezuela it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
occurs in Venezuela (with the exception of Caracas, Cumana, Puerto la Cruz and Isla Margarita). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Venezuela, payments are made with the Venezuelan Bolívar (VEF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Venezuela can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Venezuela are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -49% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (55% cheaper), food (33% cheaper), imported beer in catering (45% cheaper), cigarettes (75% cheaper) and public transport (96% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Venezuela it is customary to tip. If no service charge has yet been included in the bill, tip approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier in Venezuela.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in Venezuela.
Venezuela has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Venezuela can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Venezuela you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Venezuela.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Venezuela.
In Venezuela you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Venezuela can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Venezuela can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Venezuela can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Venezuela end in.ve.
Official website of Venezuela: think-venezuela.net.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Venezuela is 0058 or +58.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Venezuela? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Venezuela.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Venezuela.
An overview of all public holidays in Venezuela can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Venezuela, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Venezuela?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Venezuela. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Venezuela can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Venezuela can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Venezuela? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Venezuela.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Venezuela.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao lie off the coast of Venezuela?
…The name Venezuela means “little Venice”?
…The highest waterfall in the world (Angel Falls), is located in Venezuela?
…Venezuela has the most oil reserves of all countries?
…Gasoline costs only 2 cents per liter in Venezuela?