Foreign travel advice

Venezuela

Summary

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 and Apure. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime

Political protests are common. You should remain vigilant and avoid protests and demonstrations. There’s potential for travel disruption.

The Venezuelan government has ordered the temporary closure of the borders with Colombia (open to foot traffic only) and Brazil (not open to vehicles or pedestrians); contact your tour operator before you travel for more information.

During December 2016 local media have reported looting in several states. Avoid queues or groups of people by shops at all times.

There is a high threat from violent crime and kidnapping throughout Venezuela. Take care at all times, including when arriving in the country. 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.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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.