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Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance. Go to the traveler's office and take all the necessary vaccinations and prevention medications, if applicable.

Climate

The climate of Venezuela is tropical and isothermal because it is close to the equator. However, there are several different climatic types due to the topography and direction of the prevailing wind. The average temperature is around 26ºC to 28ºC, and the rainiest months are from May to December.

Time zone

GMT - 4

Geography and Politics

Venezuela is a federal republic located in the northern part of South America, between Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.

Tips and Payment

The Venezuelan Bolivar (VEF) is the currency of Venezuela. It is advisable to have cash with you, since international credit cards are not always accepted and there may not be an ATM nearby. It is considered normal to tip 5 to 10%, although there is usually a service charge on the bill.

Language and expressions to memorize

The official language of Venezuela is Spanish. In Spanish, “Hola” = hi, “Por favor” = please; “Muchas gracias” = thank you very much; “Perdón” = sorry.

What to do

Personal relationships are of the utmost importance to Venezuelans and family plays a central role. Establish friendly relationships in business - it is normal to talk about informal matters before moving on to business. Direct eye contact is very important when you are talking because it shows that you are interested and helps establish a close relationship.

What not to do

Do not be surprised if there are delays. Venezuelans have a more relaxed attitude toward meeting schedules, though they are usually punctual when dealing with foreigners.

What to wear

Dress in a conservative and professional style - suit and tie for men and a suit or dress for women. Appearance is very important for Venezuelans, so dress stylish!

First contact

When meeting someone for the first time in a business context, greet them with a handshake. 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 the initiative.