Stay Safe in Venezuela
Venezuela is not without its share of poverty and criminality. Venezuela has one of the world’s highest murder rates. Pickpockets and muggers may be present in busy cities, so be on the lookout. Most areas of major cities are not safe to stroll through at night. Keep to crowded places. At night, always go by car. Many cities’ fringes are impoverished and crime-ridden, making them unsuitable for visitors. When in doubt, ask locals or taxi drivers if a location is safe. In general, if a person seems to be a (probably affluent) tourist, certain areas of town should be avoided. It is not a good idea to wear costly jewelry or timepieces. When taking photos and unfolding maps amid crowds, use caution. Even if you’re not sure where you’re headed, act as if you do.
Always take a legal taxi (Yellow plates). Taxis with white plates are not authorized and may be hazardous.
Furthermore, one must be cautious of unscrupulous authorities (police and National Guard). Some authorities may demand bribes or extort tourists in various ways. Always keep an eye on your things. Despite all of these warnings, traveling in Venezuela is generally fairly safe if one uses common sense and avoids seeming too rich. Women with large bags should avoid walking about alone. Unless you know where you’re going, tourists should avoid walking large distances in towns and cities. Whenever feasible, arrange for car transportation. Female visitors should avoid walking into impoverished regions or shanty communities unless accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. If they go through certain locations, they are more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted.
Above all, while visiting Venezuela, it is essential to exercise common sense. If you take the necessary measures, you should have no problems. Don’t stare at anybody in the wrong way, and don’t seem to be too rich.
If you are mugged, do not resist and avoid eye contact; most muggers in Venezuela carry firearms and will shoot at the slightest provocation; keep calm and give the mugger whatever he wants; failure to do so is often fatal; also, reporting a mugging to the police is rarely worth the trouble; it is best to forget it as muggers abound.
Despite all of the security concerns, you may escape the most of them by remaining in tourist hotspots or exploring less touristy places with someone who resides in the nation.
Venezuela too has an intriguing cannabis policy. You may own up to 20gr, but be advised that anything more will land you in jail for an extended period of time. Despite the fact that this regulation is fairly permissive by American or British standards, you should keep all cannabis usage secret, if only to avoid unwanted attention.
Avoid long-distance vehicle driving at night since many roadways are unsafe. If you have an issue, Venezuelans are generally eager to assist you. However, they are unlikely to stop for you in the dark since they would risk being attacked for no reason.
Kidnappings and cross-border violence are more common along the Venezuelan-Colombian border. As a result, several countries strongly advise against traveling near the border.
Stay Healthy in Venezuela
You may have diarrhea when adapting to Venezuelan meals and drinks. You should consume bottled water rather than tap water, although iced beverages and salads are usually OK (depending on the water supply quality of your native country). Expired meals and cheeses that are several days old should be avoided. Street vendors selling food along roads are common, and they don’t necessarily have a good understanding of sanitary food handling procedures. When deciding what to eat on the street, use common sense. Keep in mind that owing to the local environment, fresh food and mayonnaise may spoil quickly.
Health hazards include sunburn and tropical illnesses, as they do everywhere in the tropics.