A visa is required. We cannot assist in processing this document, but we provide instructions on how to apply.
All About the Visa for Venezuela
Are you going to visit Venezuela on your next vacation? Maybe on a business trip, a cultural exchange, or do you have to enter the territory as part of a flight transfer?
Whatever the reason, you may need an official document proving that you are allowed to enter the country temporarily, and that you are doing so legally.
But what type of travel document is right for you, and how do you apply for it?
If you are still not sure, do not worry because on this page you will find all the information about the different types of visas for Venezuela.
Unfortunately, the Government of Venezuela does not currently have any type of electronic permit that can be requested online, so all the procedures to request it will have to be done in a Venezuelan consulate or embassy.
Although we cannot currently process any type of travel authorisation for Venezuela, we are pleased to offer all the following information in regard to the requirements, documents, forms, and frequently asked questions about the entry policies and procedures for this country.
Read on to discover all the information regarding the entry policies to this Caribbean country!
Requirements and Eligibility for a Venezuelan Visa
You can check if you need a travel document for Venezuela with our verification tool. Simply search for your nationality in the list, and select the country you want to travel to.
Alternatively, if you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you can enter Venezuelan territory without having to apply for any sort of pre-authorisation. But keep in mind that the maximum period of time you can be in Venezuela is for up to 90 days.
List of countries that do not require a visa for Venezuela
All the member states of the European Union
Antigua and Barbuda
Iran (maximum stay of 15 days)
Saint Kitts y Nevis
San Vicente and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
* Nationals of these countries can enter with just their national identity document, but only if they are traveling as tourists.
** Bolivian nationals must have a hotel reservation or notarised invitation letter in order to enter Venezuela.
Visa to Venezuela for American Citizens
This is a very particular case, which is why it is worth commenting on separately.
If you are a citizen of the United States of America, you need a travel authorisation to enter this country. You must apply for one in advance because, according to the country’s regulations, it’s not possible to obtain one on arrival for US citizens.
In addition, both the Venezuelan embassy and consulates in the United States are usually not very fast in processing the applications. Therefore, you may encounter some bureaucratic difficulties that could be problematic.
We highly recommend that you always take into account the State Department’s warnings about the security situation of the country before travelling.
Venezuela Visa Application Process
When it comes to applying, the first thing you must take into account is the type of visa you need to apply for. Currently, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has 7 different types, as we will explain below.
Types of Visas for Venezuela Currently Available
This is the list of the types of entry permits available to visit this country:
Officially, as stated on the website of the Administrative Service of Identification, Migration, and Foreigners (SAIME), they can all, in turn, be grouped into 3 specific categories:
- Authorisation of Temporary Work and Family Temporary Work Visa (TR-L).
- Authorisation for Issuance of Temporary Immigration Visa.
- Authorisation for Issuance of Temporary Immigration Work Visa for Athletes and Artists.
In addition, there are also 2 other specific cases that are included in the list of permits:
- Consular Approval Order
- Stay Extension
Unfortunately, at Byevisa we cannot process travel documents to this South American country for you, so you have to go personally to a Venezuelan embassy or consulate located in the country where you reside.
Below you will find all the necessary details in regard to the steps you need to take when applying for a travel document to enter this country.
We will focus on the main types of permit that are most in demand: the tourist one, the work one, and we will also briefly talk about the other types.
Venezuelan Tourist Visa Application Process
The tourist permit allows you to enter the territory of Venezuela to visit it for a period that cannot exceed 90 days.
To apply for a tourist entry document, you will need to contact the Venezuelan consulate or embassy that is closest to you.
You can request an appointment by phone or email at most consulates and embassies.
Once the appointment has been granted, you will have to go to the embassy or consulate and fill out a form that you must submit along with the following documents:
- A signed printed copy of the application form to Venezuela.
- An original passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and at least 2 blank pages, for consular authorities to place the printed visa.
- A recent passport-size photograph.
- Copies of your hotel reservation.
- A bank statement as proof that you have sufficient funds to pay for your stay in the country.
- A copy of the return tickets.
- A medical certificate that specifies that you do not have any type of infectious disease.
- Pay the administrative fees of the consular application.
Occasionally, you may also be asked to provide other documents, such as:
- If you have been formally invited by an acquaintance, institution, or relative, but for tourist or recreational purposes, you will have to provide a letter of invitation from the host entity or person in the country.
- If you are traveling to Venezuela from a tropical country, you will likely be asked to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
- If there are minors traveling without their parents, you will be required to provide a copy of both parents’ passports along with a signed authorisation letter.
Once you submit your application for this majestic country, and if the consulate or embassy approves it, they will inform you from the consular office that you can pick up your passport with the travel paper stamped inside.
Venezuela Work Visa Application Process
This type of entry authorisation allows you to visit the country for business, and a Multiple Entry version is also available. Its validity is for 6 months, with a maximum stay of 90 days for each visit.
To apply for this type of document for business, you will need to make an appointment at the nearest Venezuelan embassy or consulate and visit their offices. Therefore, you will have to:
- Complete the application form to Venezuela.
- Have a valid passport.
- Have a passport-type photograph with a plain background.
- Have a bank receipt that proves that you have funds to pay for your stay.
In addition, we will also need to provide 3 other documents on a mandatory basis:
- A letter of invitation from the host company in the country.
- A certificate confirming that you have no criminal record.
- A copy of your identity card.
Finally, you may be required to attach other documents along with your application, such as a cover letter from your country’s Chamber of Commerce, certificates of business activity, international trade licenses, and other similar documents.
Application Process for Other Types of Visa for Venezuela
If what you are looking for is to be granted entry into Venezuela for work, studies, a cultural exchange, or any other reason, you will have to talk directly with the nearest Venezuelan embassy or consulate about the specific authorisation you require.
For example, if you are interested in making investments in Venezuela, you will be asked for a series of documents signed by a notary that certify what type of economic investment you are going to make in the country.
In the same way, if you apply for a travel permit because you want to settle there during your retirement, you will have to provide a series of documents related to your assets, pension, and savings.
As each particular case is different, depending both on what activity you perform and on the Venezuelan consular office of each country, it is best to speak directly with the nearest consulate or embassy.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Visa to Enter Venezuela
If you still have doubts before embarking on your trip, do not worry. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the country’s entry policies, with detailed answers.
At the moment, there is no way to know online if your application to visit Venezuela has been accepted, or if it has been denied.