Guidance

Living in Venezuela

How to obtain residence permits, identity cards and other local procedures for British nationals living in Venezuela.

Overview

This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing or planning to reside in Venezuela, including links to local and UK official websites for advice on residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals. This information supplements the travel advice for Venezuela.

Education

If you travel to Venezuela to study, you should apply for a visa at the nearest Venezuelan consulate or embassy. If you are in the UK you can contact the Venezuelan Embassy in London.

Employment and business

If you travel to Venezuela to work or on business, you should apply for a visa at the nearest Venezuelan consulate or embassy. If you are in the UK you can contact the Venezuelan Embassy in London.

Entry and residence requirements

For advice on entry requirements for Venezuela please visit our Travel Advice pages. For residence and immigration requirements and information on obtaining an identity card known as Cedula de Identidad (CI), contact the Venezuelan Immigration authorities (SAIME).

Benefits

It is important to consider whether you can continue to or apply for benefits whilst living abroad or if you are moving or retiring abroad.

Driving licences and vehicles

You can drive in Venezuela using a British driving licence for up to 1 year. After that you will need to get a Venezuelan driving licence. Make sure you have copies of insurance documents, driving licence and passport with you at all times.

For information on how to obtain the relevant permissions for your vehicle or how to obtain a local driving licence, contact Instituto Nacional de Transporte Terreste (INTT).

For a confirmation certificate of your UK driving licence you need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Finance

If opening a personal bank account, you will be expected to submit certain documents. Please ask the bank of your choice about requirements. For information on taxes, please contact the Servicio Nacional Integrado de Administración Aduanera y Tributaria (SENIAT).

Disclaimer This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 28 October 2015