*Entry to Venezuela: All travellers entering Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 48 hours of boarding their incoming flight. All individuals will be subjected to a further COVID-19 PCR test at port of entry, to be administered by a service provider designated by local health authorities – this PCR test costs USD $60 (United States dollars) and is payable in cash only. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow instructions from the local health authorities in respect to quarantine and sanitary assistance. All visas and accreditations issued on or before 13 March 2020, including entry stamps for tourists/visitors, will automatically extend until the national emergency decree in place related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is officially lifted.
*Quarantine requirements: All travellers entering Venezuela must be COVID-19 tested at port of entry. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow instructions from the local health authorities in respect to quarantine and sanitary assistance.
*Testing on departure: Passengers departing Venezuela might undergo a medical assessment at their departure point, including answering questions on possible symptoms and having their temperature checked. Individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to depart. In order to travel across states from certain regions of the country, such as leaving Margarita Island in Nueva Esparta state for example, authorities might request individuals to be COVID-19 tested before they are allowed to depart. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Venezuela: Authorities have announced social/community-wide quarantine and bans on inter-state travel with roadblocks in place. Inter-state travel requires a special permit or “salvoconducto” to be issued by the respective regional REDI or ZODI authorities. Passengers located in the Caracas (Distrito Capital) area with confirmed travel itineraries are allowed to reach the airport in Maiquetia (La Guaira) without any special permit. Movement to the airport via land from other states require a “salvoconducto” in advance of travel. There are no domestic flights to Maiquetia operating until further notice. The use of face covering is mandatory at all times, including when travelling via land in private vehicles. Certain municipalities might be under stricter lockdown than others depending on the number of COVID-19 infections reported. Stay informed through local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
*Accommodation: Most hotels are open and able to receive guests. Private accommodation rental remains possible, although with reduced availability. Some hotels may require guests to be COVID-19 tested before allowing them to check-in into their premises, please confirm any specific requirements in advance.
*Public places and services: Social/community-wide quarantine and bans on inter-state travel with roadblocks are in place since 16 March. Local authorities have recently moved on to an alternating lockdown/flexible scheme where during a “flexible week” certain specific economic sectors are allowed to operate limited hours; on a “lockdown week” only essential businesses and medical services remain operational. Schools and universities remain closed until further notice. Public gatherings are prohibited and people have been instructed to wear face covering at all times when outside. The supply of fuel is severely limited.