In early 2020, just when my first vacation season was around the corner and my desire to date one of those “Tetonas Latinas” was at its peak, the Venezuelan government ordered a strict shutdown after detecting an increase in COVID cases.
Now, many months later, Venezuela is back and open for tourism! As part of the gradual opening of the closure, many businesses can resume services, and domestic flights and intercity transfers can operate following security protocols.
Since September 1, limited international flights are being operated for Venezuelan citizens and diplomats. Foreigners are still not allowed to travel (at least to Caracas, the capital) and all arriving passengers must present a negative PCR COVID test report performed 72 hours prior to arrival.
It is said that in the coming months the Venezuelan government will introduce new security protocols and sanitary guidelines for tourist companies, finally trying to reopen its borders and allow tourism for all those who want to take a tour of its beautiful beaches.
But with the current situation that the country is living in conjunction with the large number of Venezuelans still infected with COVID, I have again asked myself very seriously if it is the right time to visit.
Opening tourism safely is the right thing to do, but without the right information, security, and infrastructure in place, it can backfire. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the opening of tourism in the country.
Tourism has been allowed since October 17, but no information has been officially announced about obtaining visas, the COVID test report, quarantine, hospitals, current crime situation, etc.
On the positive side, the coastal region of Venezuela does not seem to have many active cases of COVID. Very few cases have been reported in the Margarita and Los Roques region, however, as of today there are no active cases.
Venezuela is by history the nation of the most beautiful and busty women in the world, also boasts the Angel Falls and a large number of beaches with crystal clear waters and white sands. It is said that when everything was running normally in the country, more than 350,000 hikers visited the famous Angel Falls.
Unfortunately, according to tourism associations and organizations, almost 90% of confirmed reservations have been postponed even though tourism is allowed in Venezuela, there are still great security risks for tourists visiting.
Unless cases of violent crime are miraculously reduced and more COVID vaccinations are approved, travel may not return to normal anytime soon. Without safe protocols and guidelines, merely announcing the opening of tourism will not convince travelers to visit Venezuela’s beaches.
For now, it is prudent to assume that in the next few years there will not be many hikers, tourists, or mountaineers setting foot on Venezuela’s white sands to take a well-deserved vacation surrounded by beautiful busty women.