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Discussion in 'Latin America' started by SS in Vzla., Mar 1, 2014.
Lots still going on in Venezuela.
Hoping to cross on bike in the next couple of weeks from Columbia at the northern border near Maicao and wondered how the situation in Venezuela is for traveling solo or two bike in the country right now. Thanks for any current reports.
It's mostly quieted down at the moment. Sporadic protests still rise up here and there.
I would avoid the larger cities.
Is insurance compulsory and if so can you buy it at the borders ?
Ukbri yes insurance is compulsory and it can be bought at border( I can confirm, Cúcuta crossing )
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Crossed into VZ on the Maicao (Colombia) crossing last week. The guy at the Aduana told us that we HAVE to cancel our bike permits or VZ won't let us in. So we did. We wanted to leave them running as we were coming back to COL in a week or so. The migracion asked us if we were sure we wanted to stamp out of Colombia as VZ might not let us in if we don't have a printed hotel reservation. Had to walk up to VZ border and ask if they will let us in. They said not without a hotel reservation. Back to COL and got online to book a hotel and print the reservation off. Stamped out then back to VZ. They also said we need a reservation for a hotel in an exit country to prove we'll be leaving ! A few bucks later we convinced them we didn't need this.
So, if you go this way, I wouldn't cancel the bike permit if you're going back to COL as nobody asked to see ours. Also have a printed hotel reservation for that night and maybe another one in the country you are exiting to. Just book them online, print it, then cancel it if you have no intention of staying there.
Obviously every border crossing is different so take from this what you will.
This is a requirement only for US, UK and Canadian citizens, and only at that border entry point !! don't ask me why.
(well I asked once and the guy told me that these countries were always trying to conspire against venezuela.)
Safe measures for sure. Canada is famous for its spies, sent all over to world to destabilize legitimate democracies.
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Since the subject of Cuba has been in the headlines and since a lot of the comments have been tied to the (bad) state of Venezuela's economy and politics I thought I'd ask if there are any comments from those currently in Venezuela on what's happening there.
I used to live in Maturin and many of my contacts have gone silent so I may have more interest than some others.
I've still got my travel bike down there and will be looking to get it out sooner than later, I'm sure it will be interesting. Oil prices are beating on VZ, it looks wild from the outside and I can only imagine how it is on the inside right now.