Official language is Spanish. Native American languages ​​serve regionally as colloquial language. English, French, German and Portuguese are also partially spoken.

Public Holidays

01.01.2022 New Year

28.02.2022 carnival

14.04.2022 Maundy Thursday

15.04.2022 Good Friday

19.04.2022 Declaration of Independence

01.05.2022 Labor Day

24.06.2022 Battle of Carabobo

05.07.2022 Independence Day

12.10.2022 Indigenous Resistance Day

25.12.2022 Christmas


There are also regional holidays. Details from the embassy or tourist office.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Venezuela: 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250 g of tobacco; 2 liters of alcoholic beverages; perfume and eau de toilette for personal use; Gifts valued at US$1,000 or less. More information is available from

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Prinz-Eugen-Str. 72
+43 (0)1 712 26 38.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00. Consular Dept.: Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (by appointment only).

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Waldeggstrasse 47, PO Box 237
+41 (0)31 350 57 57. Consular Dept.: Tel: +41 (0)31 350 57 53.
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Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00. Consular Dept.: Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00.

Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Consulate General in Frankfurt/M.

Schillstrasse 10
+49 (0)30 832 24 00. Consular Dept.: +49 (0)30 83 22 40 31.

Mon-Thu 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00, Fri 09.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00.


Business etiquette

English is the main language spoken in business circles, but knowledge of Spanish is an advantage. Appointments should be made well in advance and punctuality is expected. Business cards are exchanged.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00 with an extended lunch break between 12.00-15.00 to avoid the midday heat.

Business contacts

Handelsabteilung der Botschaft von Venezuela Schillstraße 9-10, D-10785 Berlin Tel: (030) 832 24 00. Deutsch-Venezolanische Industrie- und Handelskammer (CAVENAL) COINASA Center, 4th Floor, Avda. San Felipe, La Castellana, VE-Caracas Tel: (02 12) 277 38 11. Internet: Lateinamerikanische Handelskammer in der Schweiz c/o DPS Communications, Gessnerallee 28, CH-8001 Zürich Tel: (044) 699 54 47. Internet: www.latcam. ch Venezuelan Federation of Chambers and Associations of Commerce and Production (FEDECAMARAS) Apdo. 2568, Fedecàmaras Building, Floor 5, Pent-House 2, El Empalme Avenue, Urb El Bosque, VE-Caracas Tel: (02) 731 17 11. Internet :



According to, the country code is 0058. All major cities are well equipped with public telephones. They can be used with coins or phone cards. The cheapest way to make calls is with prepaid cards, which can be bought at the airport, in hotels, in CANTV branches, at kiosks, in the post office or in tobacconists. Emergency numbers are: police 17, fire brigade 18 and ambulance 15.

Cell phone

GSM 900 and GSM 850. Mobile phone companies include Digitel (Internet: The reception/transmission range is limited to Caracas and the surrounding area. International roaming contracts exist. It may be worth purchasing a Venezuelan SIM card.


One of the main providers is CantvNet (Internet: There are internet cafes in most cities.


Airmail to Europe is 3 days to 5 weeks on the way; Domestic mail shipments sometimes take longer. Post to Europe takes at least a month by land and sea. In addition to stamps, the post offices (ipostel) also sell airmail letterhead, the price of which includes postage. Mailboxes for international mail are marked extranjero or internacional. Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A two to three hour lunch break should always be expected.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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