Quick Overview

Capital: Caracas
Population: 31.98 million
Official language: Spanish
Time zone: Venezuela Time
Emergency #: 171
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: Yes
Climate Info

Venezuela: Travel Health Information

Venezuela is known for its rainforests, mountains, ocean-side beaches, coral reefs, and diverse animal species. Nature-loving tourists can visit Henri Pittier National Park – the oldest national park in Venezuela – to witness hundreds of species of birds in the wild and hike a large network of trails.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Venezuela may differ from your home country. Venezuela has a public healthcare system as well as private hospitals and clinics. Due to the ongoing political crisis, healthcare services in Venezuela may not meet international standards. A shortage of essential medicines, water, medical supplies, and healthcare personnel may further limit the quality of care in public facilities. Generally, private medical care in Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia, and Maracaibo meets international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Venezuela typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Venezuela.

Pharmacies and medications

Due to ongoing crisis and conflict, Venezuela is currently experiencing a shortage of medical resources including essential medicines – both prescription and over-the-counter. Access to medication may be limited throughout the country.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Venezuela’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Venezuela are generally well maintained but the quality of roads may vary by region. Flooding, road work, and unlit roads at night may pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in vehicles at all times.

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