For driving in Venezuela, any foreign visitor needs to have driver license which is valid in country of his residence and International driving permit.

The main Venezuelan road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right-hand side.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  • The speed limit is 60 km/h (37 mph) in built up areas, 80 km/h (50 mph) outside built up areas, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on highways.
  • Drivers and all passengers in the front seat must use seat belts while driving.
  • Motorcyclists must wear protective helmets.
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.08%.
  • Stops at National Guard and local police checkpoints are mandatory. Drivers may be asked to show their car and insurance papers, passports and driver licenses.
  • Every car must be equipped with a warning triangle, a spare tire, and wheel block.
  • The police phone number is 171.

Additional information:

  • Night driving outside the cities can be dangerous as of unmarked roads, unlighted vehicles, and livestock.
  • Special child car seats are not always available in rental cars.
  • In Caracas, traffic jams are common the day. Armed motorcycle gangs often operate in traffic jams.
  • In the rainy season from May to October, dirt roads may be explored only by 4WD vehicles.
  • When you take a car, ask the rental company where you can find the motor number as the police may ask you for it.
  • Brining a car to Venezuela is time-consuming as involve a plenty of paperwork; it is more convenient to rent a vehicle locally.
  • A driver needs to be at least 21 years of age to rent a car in Venezuela. Some companies have a maximum age, 65 years.
  • Hitchhiking is not recommended.
  • There is no national railway system in Venezuela.
  • In Venezuela, pedestrians do not have the right of way so to slow down or stop at a crosswalk may cause an accident.

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