Government to allow flights from Mexico, Dominican Republic and Turkey in December (NTN24,15.10.2020). Aviation authority extends ban on passenger flights until 12 November (Sputnik, 13.10.2020)
Domestic and international regular commercial flights are, in principle and subjected to further local authorities’ announcements, meant to progressively re-start from 13 November 2020 onwards. Commercial flights to and from Venezuela remain very limited. A limited number of special (charter) flights operated by local airlines, through Mexico and Dominican Republic amongst other destinations in the Americas, have been progressively scheduled since the beginning of September 2020. These operations are limited and under constant review due to COVID-19. Websites contain very limited information.
*Entry to Venezuela: Entry into Venezuela is currently limited to Venezuelan citizens and foreign national residents.
All visas and accreditations issued on or before 13 March 2020, including entry stamps for tourists/visitors, will automatically extend until the national emergency decree in place related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is officially lifted.
*Quarantine requirements: COVID-19 testing and quarantine on designated state-run health facilities is compulsory for travellers entering Venezuela.
*Testing on departure: Passengers departing Venezuela might undergo a medical assessment at their departure point, including answering questions on possible symptoms and having their temperature checked. Individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to depart.
In order to travel across states from certain regions of the country, such as leaving Margarita Island in Nueva Esparta state for example, authorities might request individuals to be COVID-19 tested before they are allowed to depart.
Domestic and international regular commercial flights are, in principle and subjected to further local authorities’ announcements, meant to progressively re-start from 13 November 2020 onwards.
*Travel in Venezuela: Authorities have announced social/community-wide quarantine and bans on inter-state travel with roadblocks in place. Inter-state travel requires a special permit or “salvoconducto” to be issued by the respective regional REDI or ZODI authorities.
Passengers located in the Caracas (Distrito Capital) area with confirmed travel itineraries are allowed to reach the airport in Maiquetia (La Guaira) without any special permit. Movement to the airport via land from other states require a “salvoconducto” in advance of travel. There are no domestic flights to Maiquetia operating until further notice. The use of face covering is mandatory at all times, including when travelling via land in private vehicles. Certain municipalities might be under stricter lockdown than others depending on the number of COVID-19 infections reported. Stay informed through local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
*Accommodation: 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 into their premises, please consult on specific requirements in advance.
*Public places and services: Social/community-wide quarantine and bans on inter-state travel with roadblocks are in place since 16 March. Local authorities have recently moved on to an alternating lockdown/flexible scheme where during a “flexible week” certain specific economic sectors are allowed to operate limited hours; on a “lockdown week” only essential businesses and medical services remain operational. Schools and universities remain closed until further notice. Public gatherings are prohibited and people have been instructed to wear face covering at all times when outside. Only one member per family is allowed to go outside of their home to access supermarkets/pharmacies. The supply of fuel is severely limited.
Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
COVID-19 testing and quarantine on designated state-run health facilities is compulsory for travellers entering Venezuela, for a period of 14 days.
If any citizens, residents, or any workers for essential purposes arrive in Venezuela from a high-risk country with any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be quarantined for 30 days.
COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known.
COVID-19 testing is handled by the public health system through CDIs (centros de diagnóstico integral) and a designated network of public hospitals or “hospitales centinela” throughout the country. Testing usually takes from 24 to 48 hours, and during this time the patient with symptoms must remain in isolation on a designated health facility. If an individual tests positive, quarantine in a designated medical facility is mandatory.
Enhanced screening at airports. Passengers required to sign and hand in health declaration to immigration upon arrival.
Passengers departing Venezuela might undergo a medical assessment at their departure point, including answering questions on possible symptoms and having their temperature checked. Individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to depart.