The Venezuelan passport is ranked 11th in Latin America in terms of mobility, according to a report from the first quarter of 2023 by the firm Henley & Partners. The document allows entry to 129 countries without the need for a visa and is ranked 42nd in the global ranking of passports with the highest opening.
The Venezuelan Passport in the Mobility Ranking in Latin America and the World: Access to 129 Visa-Free Countries
In Latin America and the Caribbean, Venezuelan passport holders can travel to several countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bahamas, Belize, the Caribbean Netherlands, Dominica, French Guiana, Haiti, Jamaica and Suriname.
However, it is in Europe that the widest range of possibilities opens up for Venezuelans who carry their passports.
Holders of the document can visa-free access countries such as Germany, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Albania andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Vatican City, Kosovo, Montenegro, Turkey, Romania and Russia.
In the Middle East and Asia, Venezuelans can visit Lebanon, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman without a visa, as well as South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Macau, Malaysia, Palestine and Singapore.
Finally, Venezuelan passport holders can enter African and Oceanic countries with their documents such as Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Niue.
Requirements and Procedures to Obtain or Renew the Venezuelan Passport in Saime
Obtaining a passport is a procedure that requires certain requirements and diligence on the part of Venezuelan citizens. The Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Aliens (Saime) is the entity responsible for issuing passports, both for the first time and for renewal.
For those who want to obtain a new passport, it is important to keep in mind that it can be valid for three, five or ten years, while the extension is a renewal that is valid for five years. It should be noted that, to request the extension, the passport must have been issued starting in 2017.
In the case of those who reside in Venezuela, Saime has the “Scheduled Appointments” option which allows daily appointments to be assigned to users who subscribe to the service. This is done taking into account the capacity of seats allocated in the offices and the order in which the user subscribes to the web portal.
When registering in the system, the user can choose this mode by checking the corresponding box. Once the appointment is scheduled, the user will receive an email with information about the date and office where they should attend.
On the other hand, if Venezuelan citizens reside abroad and need to request an extension of their passport, they must register their details on the Saime portal and request an appointment at the nearby embassy or consulate. It is important to send the required documents a few days in advance to avoid delays and ensure efficient management.
In short, obtaining or renewing a Venezuelan passport involves following certain requirements and procedures established by Saime. It is important to know the available options and meet the requirements required to ensure successful management.