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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK :
Taking standard safety precautions are recommended in Caracas. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables. Avoid using your mobile phone or displaying any electronic device or valuable on the street or in a vehicle.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK :
There have been reports of muggings. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables. Avoid walking alone after dark. Although kidnapping is not common, express kidnapping involving tourists have occurred. Victims are abducted for a few hours and forced to withdraw money from ATMs in order to be released.
SCAMS RISK :
As in any other major city, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Bag snatching is common, so make sure you carry your bag facing away from the street and preferably always close to you.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
There are unlicensed taxis in Venezuela, so make sure you pre-arrange a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible. There have been reports of taxi drivers exploiting visitors, especially from the airport to Caracas.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
Expect floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Rainy season runs from May to November, and the hurricane season runs from June to November.
TERRORISM RISK :
Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Venezuela. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
Many women travel safely without any issues. However, if you are traveling alone, it is important to exercise particular care in crowds, on public transportation, in rural areas, and in isolated sections. Avoid traveling alone after dark. Women may get some unwanted attention from men.