Getting to Venezuela
As a result of the political crisis in Venezuela throughout 2017–18, the situation along the border between Colombia and Venezuela has been irregular. On occasion the border has been closed completely on the Venezuelan side, while for extended periods it has only been open to those on foot.
At research time in late 2018 the border was open but far from operating normally, with thousands of Venezuelans crossing into Colombia to escape the chaos in their home country; traffic the other way was virtually nonexistent.
If you're planning to cross into Venezuela by land, be sure to thoroughly evaluate the security situation in that country before departure. Contact the Migracíon Colombia regional office in Bucaramanga before you set out to establish the latest situation on the ground. As of late 2018, most government-sanctioned travel advice was recommending that all nonessential travel to Venezuela, especially along its 2219km-long border with Colombia, be avoided.
When the border is operating normally, Expresos Bolivarianos (every 20 minutes between 5am and 5:30pm) and Corta Distancia (every eight minutes between 5am and 6:30pm) operate buses to San Antonio del Táchira in Venezuela from Muelle de Abordaje (Boarding Zone) 1 inside the Cúcuta terminal. Private-taxi fares are around COP$12,000 (though you will be quoted much higher fares than that!). Get your Colombian exit stamp at Migración Colombia, on the left just before the bridge. From there, walk across or grab a moto-taxi (COP$3000).
Once in Venezuela, go to the immigration building in central San Antonio del Táchira for entrance formalities at the SAIME office (not the SAIME office right at the bridge). It's best to have a moto-taxi take you all the way there.
Move your watch forward 30 minutes when crossing from Colombia into Venezuela. Nationals of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK and most of Western and Scandinavian Europe don't need a visa to enter Venezuela.
The crisis in Venezuela has wreaked havoc on the local currency – it's imperative to check on the monetary situation before planning any trip.