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Message for U.S. Citizens: Caracas (Venezuela), Tourist Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens Traveling to Venezuela

OnMarch 3, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC posted updated tourist visainformation for U.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela.  According to the website of the VenezuelanEmbassy in Washington, U.S. citizens should plan to apply for a visa threemonths in advance of travel.  U.S.citizens should expect to pay $30 for a one-year, multiple-entry visa good fora 90 day stay in Venezuela.


AllU.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela must have a tourist visa.  The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is aware thatairlines have refused to board U.S. citizens who do not possess a Venezuelantourist visa.  The Embassy strongly urgesall U.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela to check both the VenezuelanEmbassy’s English and Spanish webpages regularly for the most up to dateinformation about visa application requirements and procedures.  U.S. citizens should direct questions to theVenezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC or Venezuelan Consulates currently locatedin Boston, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, San Francisco, and SanJuan, Puerto Rico.


Pleasevisit the Venezuelan Embassy’s Spanish-version webpage for the most up to dateinformation: 



TheVenezuelan Embassy’s English-version webpage is not currently up to date:



TheAmerican Citizens Services Unit reminds U.S. citizens that there are many waysto stay informed of developments in Venezuela.  Follow the embassy onTwitter (@usembassyve) and Facebook andthe embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit on Twitter (@acsvenezuela) and Facebook to have travelinformation at your fingertips.  Please visit the embassy website at http://caracas.usembassy.gov/.


Westrongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Venezuelaenroll in the Department of State’s SmartTraveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier forthe U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in anemergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with thenearest U.S. embassy or consulate.


Regularlymonitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov, whereyou can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning forVenezuela, Travel Alerts, andthe Worldwide Caution. Read the Country SpecificInformation for Venezuela.  For additional information, referto the "Traveler'sChecklist" on the State Department’s website.


While we cannotprovide you with information on Venezuelan visas, please feel free to contactthe U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-dateinformation on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from othercountries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


TheU.S. embassy in Caracas is located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas deValle Arriba and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., +58 212-975-6411.  If youare a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for theU.S. Embassy is 0212-907-8400.



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