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.
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.
|Capital||Caracas, with 1.9 million inhabitants also the largest city in Venezuela.|
|Currency||Petro, Bolívar Soberano(VESS)|
|Population||Venezuela has a population of approximately 31.5 million inhabitants.|
|How do you call someone from Venezuela?||Venezuelan|
|Official language||Spanish. Besides that, there 26 officially recognized regional languages.|
|International dialing code||+58|
|Driving||On the right side|
|Tipping||Most 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 fact||Venezuela has six times Miss Universe winners and five times Miss World.|
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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.
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:
Check the website of the Venezuelan government or embassy for the most up-to-date requirements for these documents.
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.
The school system in Venezuela is structured as in the table below.
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.
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:
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.
When you are relocating to Venezuela, you might be wondering about things as:
When shipping your furniture, or any other item, through the services of Eurosender, you need to think of 3 things.
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.
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.
To drive in Venezuela you need the following documents:
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.
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