Overland Venezuela Travel
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- 1 Visiting Venezuela
- 2 Entering Venezuela with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Venezuela
- 4 Gas and Diesel price in Venezuela
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Venezuela
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Venezuela
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.
Entering Venezuela with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: July 2013
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Venezuela, application instructions and fees see: Venezuela Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
- Passport of registered owner.
- Drivers license of registered owner.
- Original vehicle registration.
- Third Party Vehicle Insurance for Venezuela (may be an international insurance as long as there is "proof")
Process at border
Just past the border, you need to stamp your passport. This is not necessarily to be done the person him/herself. If you are traveling with 2 or more persons, the other person can already go to the office to stamp the passports. -This depends on the border as we (Lost World Expedition) were asked to both be present at the Brasil/Venezuela border
Cost of entry
No entry fee
Permitted length of stay
90 days for passport and vehicle import permit
Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
Exiting with a vehicle
Drop of vehicle import note with aduana
Driving in Venezuela
Recommended books for Overlanding in Venezuela
Car insurance is required in Venezuela. You can’t buy it at the border. We bought insurance in Santa Rita (by plaza), a town just beyond Maracaibo
Cost of insurance
$35.00 USD for 1 year (minimum period).
Look for Shopping Centres, they usually have a booth that sells it. you are looking for "SOAT"
State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
Driving side of road
RHD vehicles can be driven in Venezuela without a problem.
Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
General Road quality
Usually the roads are in good condition, there are highways that pass through major cities in very good condition.
Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
There are almost no toll roads in Venezuela. 99% of the toll booths that you pass through are not in use, everyone just slows down a little. There will often be a police presence there.
Bribery in Venezuela
The bribery can be common if your vehicle is seen colorful, this can arouse the interest of the authorities and their curiosity, a good way to handle this is to remain friendly and calm, if authorities percisten you can negotiate a bit, but never for very large amounts of money.
See the bribery tips page for advice.
A very good way to avoid having to pay money to police officers or others, is to act like you absolutely don't understand them. Utter a few basic words in your worst Spanish, look them very friendly in the eye, look like you are having difficulty understanding even the simplest words, and keep on doing that till they let you go. Most of them don't speak English anyway. And if they do speak a little English, you could for example demand that they call your ambassador to translate properly. Big chance that they back off.
Now and then you'll meet some checkpoints, and even some kind of customs (in between two districts). When your paperwork is okay, most of them will give you no problems, and we met some very friendly people at those points. Other checkpoints people were very "stiff", but also correct. At just a few checkpoints they'll try to get money from you (see "bribery"). If your papers are okay and they still give you problems, try to stay friendly and keep on saying the same things over and over again, like you don't understand them, till they let you go.
Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
Gas and Diesel price in Venezuela
Last updated: June 2013
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Price will depend also on which exchange rate you use official or black market. In June 2013, with the "black market" exchange rage, 160 Liters of diesel was less than $1USD - for all intents and purposes it's close enough to free.
|Regular||€0.02 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||$0.07 USD per Liter|
Link to external websites with price & quality information, if available.
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.
Gas and Diesel Quality
It is very difficult if not impossible to get fuel within a few hundred KM of the borders for any vehicle without a Venezuelan number plate. When you enter, be sure you can cover 300km or so.
The diesel quality in general seemed fine, however the diesel quality of some "black market" diesel at the brazil border was so bad it blocked our fuel filters within 20km.
Safety and Security Considerations
Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Venezuela - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Venezuela
Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
We traveled by camping truck with a huge water tank. We refilled at water shops who sold the 20L water cooler bottles. We would refil our tank while parked outside these stores. This was working out at about Error in price tag: The currency attribute must be specified. per bottle. There were taps at some fuel stations, but when we asked we were told it was not potable. Even the fuel station staff were using the 20L water bottles for drinking.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Venezuela
GPS Maps of Venezuela
Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).
GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Venezuela
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
Special Overland Travel interests
The Gran Sabana region is just above Brazil. It is the most relaxed and safe part of Venezuela, and we wild camped all over the place there.
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Add known good mechanics here.
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Venezuela
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.
- Venezuela: Visa and Passport requirements | World Travel Guide
- Health Information for Travelers to Venezuela - Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Venezuela travel guides at wikivoyage
- Venezuela - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Venezuela Overland | Overland Sphere Overland travelers currently in Venezuela