On June 7, Venezuela’s National Assembly published a decree signed by Interim President Juan Guaido, to extend the validity of Venezuelan passports for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration.
Passport renewals in Venezuela are nearly impossible because of the high cost of the document, lack of primary materials to make new ones, and other actions taken by the Maduro regime to curb the exit of Venezuelans, which makes the decree a real necessity for many.
The United States’ Department of State recognizes this extension of passport validity for visa issuance and other consular purposes. Customs and Border Patrol will likewise recognize the passports covered by this decree, as their Media Note states.
Venezuelan passport holders will have the validity period extended by five years from the expiration date in their passport and are valid for admission to the United States, as long as the traveler has a valid visa. Nothing in this action alters the requirements for obtaining a U.S. visa or for admission to the United States. Furthermore, these extended passports are not valid for entering or leaving Venezuela.
The validity of extended Venezuelan passports has been recognized by about 50 countries, including the United States.