Foreign travel advice

Venezuela

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira, Barinas, Apure and Bolívar
  • within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho
  • within 40km (25 miles) of the rest of the Colombian border

Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela except for: Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Delta Amacuro state, the remainder of Amazonas state, and the remainder of Bolívar state south of a line from El Caura – El Casabe – Guarento – Km 88 San Isidro (as shown on the map).

There have been regular large political demonstrations and protests in Caracas and other cities since early April 2017, which have led to arrests, injuries, and deaths. You should remain vigilant and informed. Avoid protests and demonstrations, which can turn violent with little warning. During and ahead of demonstrations, there’s often travel disruption as a result of road closures. The authorities often use tear gas and buckshot containing plastic pellets to disperse protests.

The Venezuelan government has ordered the temporary closure of the border with Colombia (open to foot traffic only). Contact your tour operator before you travel for more information.

There’s a high threat from violent crime and kidnapping throughout Venezuela. Take care at all times, including when arriving in the country. During 2017 there have been major incidents of looting in Carabobo state, including the city of Valencia. Law enforcement presence in Carabobo state is considerably reduced and violent crime incidents are on the rise. See Crime

Power cuts are common and you may find yourself without water or electricity from short to extended periods of time. See Electricity and Water

UK health authorities have classified Venezuela as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Terrorist attacks in Venezuela can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.