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Communication

Mail · Telephone · City Codes · Collect Calls · Internet

Mail

A letter from Venezuela to Europe or the US normally takes 10 days - 2 weeks to arrive, but there are many exceptions. Some mail takes 6 weeks or more, if it arrives at all. Mailboxes are difficult to find, so always take your letters and parcels to the local mail office (IPOSTEL), and try to send mail from major tourist towns. For important mail, either use a courier or send it registered/certified (certificado).


Telephone top

CANTV is Venezuela´s national telephone company and it has a modern, efficient telephone network. Making international phone calls is not a problem, but is very expensive. In some touristy cities there are private offices that offer cheaper international phone calls via call back systems.

There are plenty of public telephones in Venezuela, even in the more remote places, all of which accept CANTV cards only (tarjeta CANTV). Credit cards are not accepted. Telephone cards are available for 2000 and 5000Bs (the latter enough for a three minute call to Europe) and can be purchased from CANTV offices and most supermarkets and souvenir shops. However, if you are travelling to a more remote area and will want to make a call, it is wise to buy a card beforehand and take it with you.

In Mobile Telephony the major companies are TELCEL and MOVILNET.

The international code for Venezuela is 58. For international calls from Venezuela, dial 00+country code.

CANTV has an information system that can be accessed by the number 103. Some of the operators speak English.


City Codes of major cities in Venezuela
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Caracas

0212

Maracay

0243

Acarigua

0255

Maturin

0291

Barinas

0273

Mérida

0274

Barquisimeto

0251

Porlamar

0295

Ciudad Bolívar

0285

Puerto La Cruz

0281

Cumaná

0293

Puerto Ordaz

086

Maiquetía

0231

San Cristobal

0271

Maracaibo

0261

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Numbers to dial from Venezuela for international collect calls
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Argentina

800-1-1540

Hong Kong

800-1-1852

Australia

800-1-1610

Israel

800-1-1972

Belgium

800-1-1320

Italy

800-1-1390

Bolivia

800-1-1591

Japan

800-1-1810

Brazil

800-1-1550

Panamá

800-1-1507

Canada

800-1-1100

Perú

800-1-1510

Colombia

800-1-1570

Portugal

800-1-1351

Costa Rica

800-1-1506

Puerto Rico

800-1-1120

Chile

800-1-1188

Spain

800-1-1034

Dominican Republic

800-1-1184

United Kingdom

800-1-1440

Ecuador

800-1-1593

United States

800-1-1120

France

800-1-1330

Uruguay

800-1-1598

Germany

800-1-1490

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The Internet top

In some major cities there are internet cafés or agencies that offer internet services. However, as the internet in Venezuela is just beginning, these establishments might be difficult to find and prices are still quite high. Travel agencies might let you use their internet connection, and some marinas also offer an internet service.

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