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Visa Requirements for Business Travelers in the Americas

Short-term Business Visit 

Visitor Visa Requirements Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries require a visitor visa for admission and transit to Venezuela:
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Barbados
  • Colombia
  •  Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Suriname
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries do not require a visitor visa for admission to Venezuela:
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • U.S.A.
  • Uruguay

Documentation Required for Application for a Visitor Visa  

A visitor seeking entry to Venezuela is required to establish to the satisfaction of the immigration officer identity and purpose of entry. 

All persons require a passport to enter Venezuela.

  • A valid passport (recommend a minimum of six months validity beyond intended stay)
  • Visa application forms
  • 1 Passport-sized photograph.
  • A character reference from employer and last bank statement

For the countries listed above that are not required to issue a visa a Tourist Entry Card must be issued by an authorized carrier on presentation of a valid air ticket.

Method of Lodgement Application for a visitor visa must be made at a mission prior to seeking entry to Venezuela. Applicants are required to lodge their visa applications personally.

Processing time

  2 working days.
Multiple Entry Visa

Venezuela issues multiple tourist and business visas.  A tourist visa is usually issued for a single entry.
Validity/Extension Any visitor entering Venezuela on tourist or business visa is allowed to stay for up to one year.  A visa cannot be issued with validity longer than that of the passport.

Cost of Visa Application

The cost is US$30 per application.
Acompanying dependants
Family members accompanying a visitor to Venezuela must also meet all requirements for temporary entry.

General Requirements for Temporary Entry of Short-term Business Visitors  Venezuela’s Immigration Regulations allow for persons to enter Venezuela to carry on certain business or trade-related activities without the need to hold an employment authorization, as they are not considered to be coming to Venezuela to work. These individuals generally have occupations where the international freedom of movement is deemed to be crucial. Similarly, these persons usually represent a foreign company or organization and are not considered to compete with Venezuelan workers. Examples are: representatives coming to Venezuelan to sell goods other than to the general public; employees of an organization coming to consult with a branch, subsidiary or parent; representatives of a foreign firm coming to purchase goods or services and persons seeking entry to attend meetings or negotiate contracts. 

Specific Requirements

Business visitors must issue a visa prior to departure.

  •  All the requirements mentioned above for issuing a visitors visa will be required for a business visa

  •  A company letter as proof of business intentions

 The cost of a Business visa is US$60.

Contact local Embassy or Consular section of the Embassy.


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