Venezuela is a violent place - there were an average of 52 murders A DAY in the first half of 2012 according to police figures released this week. With 9,510 murders to June 30th, the country is on track for a ho
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Venezuela Travel warnings
For hundreds of years Venezuela has travelled a rocky political road. Bloody coups, civil wars, violent demonstrations and paralyzing strikes all feature in its history – even up to the present day. This is after all
Venezuela is not a place you’d go to for your first overseas holiday. It’s not a place you go to for beach time and pina coladas. It’s a place you go for an adventure. Violent crime is rife in both the capital Ca
Venezuela is home to just about every scary disease on the planet. You may encounter rabies-infected bats, yellow fever, cholera, malaria, Chagas disease, water borne parasites, typhoid, dengue fever and all of the he
Recommended vaccinations for Venezuela
Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.
There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further.
Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.
Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)
Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months. The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .
Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.
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You're really going to need your wits about you to stay safe in Venezuela, unfortunately it's a very dangerous place (for locals as well as visitors). This i... read more »over 2 years ago
Duarte, Caracas can be a very dangerous place, and you'll need all your 'street smarts' and travel experience to keep out of trouble. I'm not saying it's imp... read more »about 3 years ago
Noci, I hope you're an experienced traveller because Venezuela is not for the faint- hearted. It has a shocking crime and murder rate and tourists ARE delibe... read more »almost 4 years ago