Venezuela to Charge Tourists in US Dollars

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The spectacular aerial tram in Mérida, Venezuela.

HAVANA TIMES  – Venezuelan  president Nicolas  Maduro signed an agreement on Tuesday that authorizes the  tourist industry to charge for services in  US dollars, as an “exceptional” measure under the currency exchange scheme in effect since 2003.

Maduro said the measure will allow “for charging for public and private international services “with the goal of taking in new foreign exchange for the country.”

The duty free shops at Venezuelan airports will now be able to sell their products in US dollars.

“All of these stores will be able to charge in dollars for their merchandise and pay the State their taxes”, said Maduro.

The new regulations take effect on Monday, December 5.

Venezuela has a multiple tier system for dealing with US dollars.  There are two official rates, one at 10 bolivares to 1 dollar and the other at 660 to one.  On the street the rate is over 3,500 bolivares to one dollar.

Maduro said the exchange agreement is to “adapt to the circumstances of the economic war” he claims his government is facing, “to stimulate the reception of hard currency.”

Venezuela implemented strict currency controls back in 2003 under President Hugo Chavez with the goal to stop the flight of capital.

The country is facing increasing shortages of staple food and personal hygiene products which Maduro attributes to the “economic war”.


3 thoughts on “Venezuela to Charge Tourists in US Dollars

  • Desperation time for stupid Maduro. Anything to get foreign currency, even the hated yanqui dollar. If Maduro had a brain, he would have freed the entire foreign currency exchange long ago, as it is a major cause of economic dislocation in Venezuela.

  • That will be another nail in the coffin for the economy. Few tourists will want to go to Venezuela anyway with the exception being to visit relatives. This is also part of Fidel Castro’s legacy.

  • Oh yeah baby, excellent idea. I’m sure that with all the fun that Venezuela is having right now, people are lining up to spend their vacations there.

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