Moving to Venezuela

Venezuela is an exciting place in which to experience expat life. From the breathtaking Andes to the Great Plains, grasslands and tropical Amazon basin, there are plenty of reasons for expats to be captivated by this geographically varied country.

Venezuela is home to a large expat community, with many foreigners working in the country's oil industry. Most expats settle in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, or cities such as Maracaibo, Puerto La Cruz, Anaco and Valencia. Expats working in Venezuela often find the business environment to be more informal and relaxed than in North America or Europe, but are likely to find more corruption in the workplace as well.

Major Venezuelan cities are well equipped to serve the needs of expat families with a number of international schools that allow students to continue studying under the curriculum of their home country.

For those who can afford it, the standard of private healthcare in Venezuela is good and there are a number of reputable private hospitals in Caracas. However, medical treatment is expensive, and as such expats should always have a comprehensive health insurance package.

Venezuela has its fair share of crime. Expats should be vigilant in crowded places as pickpocketing is common. It is also advisable to avoid travelling to rural areas, as these regions are particularly dangerous.

Public transport in Caracas and Maracaibo is fairly extensive. Expats who choose to drive in Venezuela should be warned that road conditions are not always of a high standard. Expat drivers should be especially careful when driving at night. Locals in Venezuela drive erratically and therefore it is best for expats to drive defensively.

Moving to Venezuela will be an exciting opportunity for even the most seasoned expat. Those with an open mind and a desire to embrace the vibrant culture of this country are sure to have an unforgettable expat experience.

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