- We advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. We advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. In addition, travellers should take particular care if attempting to cross in to Colombia from any state since border crossings can attract criminal activity. Travellers should only use official crossing points.
- In late 2010, Venezuela suffered exceptionally heavy rains which affected wide areas of the country. Travel was affected in many areas, and road conditions remain poor.
- Large scale protest marches take place across Venezuela. Large scale demonstrations may turn violent, with little or no warning. You are advised to take particular care to avoid demonstrations and to monitor this travel advice and local media regularly for updates.
- The incidence of street crime in Venezuela is high. Armed muggings and ‘express kidnappings’ are a regular occurrence. You should exercise caution at all times, especially when arriving in, and travelling around, Venezuela. See Safety and Security - Crime.
- Where possible you should avoid travelling on the road to and from Caracas International Airport (Maiquetia) during hours of darkness when there are few vehicles on the road. See Local Travel.
- Around 13,000 British nationals visit Venezuela every year. 25 British nationals required consular assistance in Venezuela in the period 01 April 2009 – 31 March 2010. See General - Consular Assistance Statistics.
- Do not handle illicit drugs; penalties are among the most severe in the Americas, and the prisons among the most dangerous. See Local Laws and Customs.
- There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
- You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See General - Insurance.
Breaking Chains and Not Burning Rubber
BREAKING CHAINS - Freedom: Cycle touring is the greatest way I have found to experience freedom. Whilst I celebrate mine I hope to help others gain and realise theirs, and protect ours, by fundraising for Amnesty International
NOT BURNING RUBBER - Environmental Awareness: Cycling is one of the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport. It's slow speed allows you to become more aware and connected with our surroundings, and therefore the pressures that they may be under. I intent to have a minimal negative impact on the environment whilst I travel, and will share my observations and experiences about my journey, environmental issues, and sustainable living here: