Visa to Venezuela. Overland from Colombia.
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 4:07 AM Last Post By: TomaszJarzabek
Feb 5, 2013 10:30 AM
I've got a question about getting visa to Venezuela at the overland border between Colombia and Venezuela.
I´m a Polish citizen and as citizens of quite few countries I don't need visa if I come by plane, by I need one if I travel overland :(
I´m in Bogota (Colombia) now and I wanted to get a visa in the embassy here. I went there yesterday and I was told that only citizens and residents of Colombia can get a visa here. From what I understood I can't get it either at the border. I was told that the only place I can get it is Poland.
But few people told me I can get it at the border. So I´m confuse now. The woman at the embassy didn't look very informed and wasn't helpful at all (most of her answers were "Yes" and "No").
So I've got a question here to anyone who crossed the border between Colombia and Venezuela recently. Is it possible to get a vise there or no?
I'm planning to cross the border at the cost between Maicao and Maracaibo.
Waiting for your answers.
Feb 6, 2013 9:10 PM
1I have done the Maicao to Maracaibo trip a few times, I have seen a few people with EU passports without visas. The border is a bit confusing based on the transportation from Maicao to Maracaibo.
At the Maicao bus terminal get a por puesto (5 seater car) to Maracaibo. It will stop at the border get your passport stamped at the columbian side. Then you have to walk down the street and get your passport stamped at the Venezuelan side and on the Venezuelan side you get back into the por puesto.
Like I siad based on an internet search and previous border crossings you should be fine, as I said I have seen visa-less EU passports get stamped and it is fine,
Other border note, the wait is usually quick at the Venezuelan side, thought sometimes it can be multiple hours long. In that case inside the fenced in area there is a tree, there is a few guys that you can pay a bribe of 100 Bs to and they will get your passport stamped in a minute or two.
Feb 27, 2013 3:39 PM
Thanks for your info.
I asked the Polish embassy in Venezuela and I was told that I don't need a visa.
But as some say in Venezuela: "what the official rules and what actually happens are generally different", so I will never be 100% till I cross the border :( But now I'm far much less nervious :)
Thanks once again for your time.
Mar 19, 2013 4:07 AM
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