Moving to Venezuela: Things you should know before you immigrate to Venezuela

Moving to Venezuela: Things you should know before you immigrate to Venezuela

Venezuela is a country with great geographical variety which has a lot to offer to expats. Centrally located in South America and bordering Colombia, Guyana, Trindada&Tobago, and Brazil, Venezuela is an eclectic mix of cultures. Besides many ethnicities and backgrounds, Venezuela also takes 7th place when it comes to biodiversity, which means that there is an overwhelming range of plants and animals within its borders. Add to that the warm climate and the low cost of living and you understand that Venezuela has everything in store for a new adventure in Latin America.



International removals to Venezuela with Eurosender

The area we know as Venezuela these days was colonized by the Spanish in 1522 and almost 300 years later, in 1721, Venezuela gained its independence. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was discovered that Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world. That is why the Venezuelan economy shifted from producing things such as cocoa and coffee to reaping the benefits of oil export. The oil dollars helped develop the country and its major cities such as Caracas, Anaco, Valencia and Perto la Cruz. Nowadays the oil industry is the largest employer of expats, with many engineers and other oil-related personnel working and living in Venezuela. So, when you are moving to Venezuela from the USA, join us when we explore all the important things you need to be aware of, before taking the plunge.

Living in a new country also includes knowing the basic facts about your new place of residence.

CapitalCaracas, with 1.9 million inhabitants also the largest city in Venezuela.
TimezoneUTC-4
CurrencyPetro, Bolívar Soberano(VESS)
PopulationVenezuela has a population of approximately 31.5 million inhabitants.
How do you call someone from Venezuela?Venezuelan
Official languageSpanish. Besides that, there 26 officially recognized regional languages.
International dialing code+58
Emergency number911
DrivingOn the right side
TippingMost of the time a 10% service fee is already added to the bill. However, with good service, it is common to add another to 5-10%.
Unusual factVenezuela has six times Miss Universe winners and five times Miss World.

When you are looking for international removals to Venezuela, Eurosender helps you find the most convenient options and the lowest price. Whether you want to send your cello, tv, water skis or your whole inventory with the help of pallets, with Eurosender you can be sure that you profit from convenient prices. When your shipment doesn’t apply for standard shipment, you can always contact one of our logistics experts, who will provide with a free individual offer. Relocating from the USA to Venezuela could not be any easier.

Living in Venezuela

Even for a seasoned expat, Venezuela has lots of surprises in store. So, let’s have a look at some of the things that immigrants in Venezuela noticed when they just arrived in the country.

  • Arepa, a flatbread sandwich with beans, cheese and meat is the national dish in Venezuela and most people eat it at least once a day.
  • Due to the dire economic situation of Venezuela, the crime rate has gone through the roof and Caracas has become the murder capital of the world.
  • With more than 40 national parks and approximately 20 nature reserves, Venezuela is a country with vast natural beauty.
  • Public transport is quite well-developed and is a good option compared to the dangers that driving a car by yourself provoke.
  • Venezuela is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Among others, Venezuelan culture is a mix of Spanish, African and American Indian. Add to that the influx of immigrants from Arab countries, Portugal and Italy and you have an eclectic mix that has something interesting for everyone.

Visa Regulations for Venezuela

Many countries have a visa-free regime with Venezuela (such as Russia, Australia, Japan, and so on) and can stay up to 90 days in the country.

The USA is one of the countries that doesn’t have a visa-free regime with Venezuela. American citizens can apply for a visa at their local Venezuelan embassy and get a visa for up to 90 days.

For those who want to stay longer than 90 days and also want to work, no matter which country you are from, you will have to apply for these 2 things:

  • Residence permit, temporary/permanent
  • Work permit

Check the website of the Venezuelan government or embassy for the most up-to-date requirements for these documents.

Healthcare in Venezuela

Unfortunately, healthcare in Venezuela is in poor condition. Due to huge deficits in the government budget, medical facilities have to deal with lack of funds and understaffing. For expats living and working in the country, it is recommended to take out private healthcare insurance to ensure yourself of complete coverage and to have access to acceptable medical facilities.

School and education

The school system in Venezuela is structured as in the table below.

Education GradesAge
Primary1-66-11
Middle7-912-14
Secondary10-1115-16

After finishing secondary school, it is possible to continue education at a vocational education facility or at a university.
The biggest education center is the Central University of Venezuela (founded in 1721) and is one of the oldest universities in the Americas.

The job market in Venezuela

Due to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the job market is not what it used to be. Many international companies have left the country and due to the economic crisis, companies are not able to pay the high salaries of expats. When you do decide to go on a job hunt in Venezuela, you will have the most chance when your profession is related to:

  • Security and military services
  • Oild related professions
  • NGO activities

Property information

When looking for accommodation, it is best to focus on the cities in Venezuela, such as Caracas, Maracaibo, Puerto La Cruz, and Valencia. Even though you might find cheaper rates in more rural areas, these areas are also more prone to criminality.
That is why most expats, and Venezuelans too, prefer to live in the cities which also provide better facilities such as healthcare, education and transport options.
When looking for an apartment, pay attention to the following things to avoid disappointment.

  • The distance of your apartment to your workplace. Traffic is a daily thing so you want your commute to be as short as possible.
  • Make sure that an air conditioner is installed as you might not be able to fall asleep in the heat.
  • These days it is recommended to rent living space in a gated community. In any case, make sure that your apartment is properly secured with guards and or security cameras.

Cost of moving to Venezuela

When you are relocating to Venezuela, you might be wondering about things as:

  • How much is shipping from the USA to Venezuela?
  • What is the cheapest way to move furniture to Venezuela?

When shipping your furniture, or any other item, through the services of Eurosender, you need to think of 3 things.

  1. The dimensions of the shipment
  2. The required delivery date.
  3. The details of the pick-up and delivery address.

When you have the answers to the above-mentioned topics, you know the average moving costs to Venezuela. When you have difficulty in placing your order, you can always contact our multilingual team of logistics experts, who will be glad to provide you with free advice where necessary. When you choose the services of Eurosender, you can be sure that you experience the lowest cost of moving house to Venezuela.

Cost of living in Venezuela

Due to the ongoing crisis and the inflation that comes with that, the cost of living in Venezuela is extremely low. This only goes when your income is in dollars or any other strong currency. Keep in mind that, even though life is cheap, many basic things are not available in stores.

Driving in Venezuela

To drive in Venezuela you need the following documents:

  • Driving license ( An International Driving Permit is not mandatory though advised)
  • Registration document
  • Insurance document
  • Copy of your passport

When your paperwork is all set, you are ready to hit the Venezuelan roads. However, driving in Venezuela might be a little different from your home country. So, let’s look at some of the things you will have to pay attention to.

  • You will encounter military checkpoints on many roads so always have your passport and other documents within reach.
  • Before you start driving Venezuela, it is recommended to have a few rides as a passenger first so that you can experience the situation on the roads. Reason for that is that the traffic in Venezuela is dangerous and drivers ignore most of the rules.
  • Petrol in Venezuela is extremely cheap, so a road trip is a cheap option compared to all other kinds of transport.
  • As there is an ongoing crisis in Venezuela, always top up your car with petrol when you have the chance. This way you avoid being a victim of possible shortages.

 

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