Replies: 10 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 8:41 AM Last Post By: un_australian
Mar 13, 2013 2:30 PM
Mar 13, 2013 5:49 PM
Mar 14, 2013 2:06 AM
Mar 14, 2013 2:34 AM
Mar 14, 2013 3:16 AM
Since the person expected to replace Chavez has ordered an investigation into whether Chavez was infected with his cancer by the Americans, (it's a sign of how authoritarian the govt is there that people in power can spout such nonsense and get away with it) I doubt the level of friendship is going to rise much in the near future.
Mar 15, 2013 3:55 PM
5I could fly. I priced it ($US600). It's a lot of money to pay from something I'd really prefer not to do and it would put me way off my planned route through Venezuela. Some other time. Or not.
I just thought that the information might as well be out there on this forum... until recently, mid-Feburary, it wasn't an issue - you could cross the land border.
Apr 16, 2013 7:49 AM
6In my experience some of these requirements may be waived. Many countries' visa requirements require return airfare but often this is not needed. If you are in a town that has an embassy or consulate you could still try. Just dress nice. I was turned away from the Venezualan consulate in Boa Vista for wearing shorts.
Apr 16, 2013 8:59 AM
- Venezuela is no longer be the most corrupt and murderous country in South America, with intermittently empty shop shelves like in Soviet Russia, but rather will on its way back to being the best governed and most stable of the Andean countries as it used to be not very long ago
- Venezuela no longer has a fixed exchange rate at some multiple of the market rate (very convenient for kleptocrats seeking to export money to tax havens), making it by far the most expensive country to visit in South America.
The latest election was very close, only a percent in it, so unless the governing party is going to upgrade its election fiddling to sub-Saharan standards, I think they'll be kicked out before very long.
When that Some Other Time has arrived, and I no longer have to look after a small child, I'll be paying a visit to places like Venezuela and Colombia.
Apr 22, 2013 1:22 PM
8knullrufs, I did visit the Consulate and they were strident and unaccommodating in the extreme. Perhaps at the border I might have had the luck to encounter someone having a lax day but I wasn't willing to end up at the wrong end of Colombia for an exit if things didn't go my way.
iviehoff, I think your information about Colombia, at least, is out of date. It's safe and super friendly. It would be nice place to tour with a small child.
Apr 23, 2013 1:05 AM
I have a friend who visits Colombia frequently so am kept updated on the situation there. He's happy enough to go cycle touring there now, though did have a gun pulled on him on one of his recent tours, so he wouldn't call it super-safe yet.
Apr 23, 2013 8:41 AM
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