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Country Information

Venezuela

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.

Credit cards

  • Acceptance of credit cards is limited. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Use credit card with caution. Unauthorized use is widespread.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Bolivar VEF
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
VEF 100 =~ CHF 12.50 ; CHF 1 =~ VEF 8.00 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
unlimited
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
unlimited
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Reconversion of Bolivars difficult.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).

Time difference with Switzerland

- 5:30 h / - 6:30 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Caracas

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay and tourist card, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
The tourist card is issued by authorized airlines. The tourist cards are essential to leave the country.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Caracas, Centro Letonia, Torre Ing-Bank, piso 15, Av. Eugenio Mendoza y San Felipe, La Castellana
Tel. +58 212 267 95 85

Opening hours

Banks
8.30 - 15.30 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 12.30 h and 15.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

International driver's license required.
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Risk of malaria in certain areas.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.
Security
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.
High crime rate.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Nighttime driving not advised due to high hold-up rate.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.