COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Venezuela (15 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Citizens and residents are allowed to enter Venezuela.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Travellers from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Bolivia, Mexico, and Turkey may be allowed to enter Venezuela.

  • Foreign nationals may enter for essential reasons only and need permission before arrival.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Anyone arriving in Venezuela will be subject to COVID-19 testing at the port of entry.

  • Travellers entering the country are required to take a COVID-19 test at the Casalab 2020 Clinical Laboratory at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes

  • All travellers entering Venezuela must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours of boarding their flight to the country.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Travellers who test positive when tested at the point of entry must quarantine in a state-run designated health facility.

  • Based on the above restrictions, the traveller must be prepared to spend up to 14 days in quarantine.

Is insurance required?

  • No

  • Proof of insurance coverage for COVID-19 expenses is not required to enter the country

Is vaccination required?

  • No

  • A vaccination for COVID-19 is not required for entry into the country.

Entry form required?

  • Yes

  • Prior to travel to Venezuela, all travellers must provide their flight dates and contact information at this link to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.

Airline restrictions

  • Significant

  • All regular commercial international flights are suspended, except for commercial flights to and from Turkey, Dominican Republic, Panama, Bolivia, and Mexico.

  • Humanitarian, cargo, mail, technical landings, emergency flights, special authorized, and repatriation flights are allowed.

Border restrictions

  • Significant

  • Borders are closed to most foreign travellers who are not residents of Venezuela, with some exceptions.

  • All visas and accreditations issued on or before 13 March 2020, including entry stamps for tourists and visitors, will be automatically extended until the national emergency is officially lifted.

Curfew restrictions

  • Significant

  • As of 12 April, Venezuela has returned to the week of “flexible quarantine” across the country, with certain exceptions. Under the 7+7 plan (seven days work and seven days quarantine), businesses and other activities will resume for seven days, and then strict quarantine measures will be in place for the subsequent seven days.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Significant

  • Social distancing must be maintained.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Inter-state travel requires a special permit or “salvoconducto” to be issued by the respective regional REDI or ZODI authorities.

  • The supply of fuel is severely limited, and access to it is subject to restrictions. The gasoline distribution restrictions during the week of flexible quarantine (12 to 18 April 2021) can be found here.

  • Passengers located in the Caracas area with confirmed travel itineraries are allowed to reach the airport in Maiquetia (La Guaira) without any special permit. The movement to the airport via land from other states requires a “salvoconducto” in advance of travel.

  • Checkpoints have been installed at the entrances to the capital, Caracas.

  • Face masks are compulsory on public transportation.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes

  • During the flexible quarantine, 50 sectors of the economy, including certain non-essential sectors, are allowed to open. The full list can be found here.

Accommodations open?

  • Yes

  • 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 to their premises

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open.

Bars and cafes open?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Bars are closed during the radical and flexible quarantine.

  • Clubs, coffee shops and cafes may operate during the flexible quarantine.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes

  • Beaches, amusement and theme parks, and cable cars are open.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Hairdressers, gyms and spas are open.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Churches and other places of worship reopen with limited capacity.

Events allowed?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Sports events without spectators are allowed.

  • All political demonstrations, as well as public events, are prohibited until further notice.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Wearing a face covering/mask is mandatory on public transport and in private vehicles, medical shops, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, ports, airports, and other public places.


  • Under the flexible quarantine measures, banks, offices, construction, registries/notaries, veterinary services, drive-in cinemas and government entities (Seniat, Sapi, SUNDDE, SENCAMER, CANTV and CORPOELEC) are open. Registries and notaries will be open.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.