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Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time. Take all the necessary vaccinations and medication, if applicable.
The climate of Venezuela is tropical and isothermal because it is close to Ecuador. However, due to the topography and direction of the dominant wind, several different climatic types occur. The average temperature is around 26ºC to 28ºC, and the rainiest season is from May to December.
GMT - 4
Geography & politics
Venezuela is a federal republic located in the northern part of South America, between Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.
Tipping & paying
The Venezuelan Bolivar (VEF) is the currency of Venezuela. It is advisable to have money with you, since international credit cards are not always accepted and there may not be an ATM nearby. It is normal to leave a tip of 5 to 10%, although there is usually a service charge on the bill.
Languages & useful phrases
The official language of Venezuela is Castilian. In Castilian, "Hello" = hello; "Please" = please; "Muchas gracias" = thank you very much; "Excuse me" = sorry.
What you should do
Personal relationships are of the utmost importance to Venezuelans and the family plays a central role. Establish friendly relationships in business - it is normal to talk about more informal issues before moving on to business. Direct eye contact is very important when you are talking because it shows that you are interested and help establish a close relationship.
What you shouldn’t do
Do not be surprised if there are delays, Venezuelans have a more relaxed attitude towards meeting schedules, even though they are usually punctual when dealing with foreigners.
What to wear
Dress conservatively and professionally: suit and tie for men and suit or dress for women. The appearance is very important for Venezuelans, so dress up in style!
When meeting someone for the first time in a business context, shake hands. When there is already an established relationship, it is common to give a kiss on the face or a hug, but in case of doubt wait for the other person to take initiative.