CONSIDER BOOKING A TRAVEL CONSULTATION 6 OR MORE WEEKS PRIOR TO TRAVELING TO ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME TO RECEIVE THE APPROPRIATE VACCINES AND MEDICATIONS.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Venezuela.
Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.
Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.
Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.
Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Venezuela. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Venezuela.
CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Venezuela take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.
Find country-specific information about malaria.
Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.
Rabid dogs are commonly found in Venezuela. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Venezuela, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available.
Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.
Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include
Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
Visitors to rural areas
Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Venezuela.
Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Brazil; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in Brazil
Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to the Distrito Capital or the states of Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, Vargas, or Yaracuy. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300m (≈7,550 ft) elevation in the states of Mérida, Táchira, or Trujillo; the states of Falcón or Lara; Margarita Island; or the cities of Caracas (the capital) or Valencia .