I'm planning to visit Venezuela for 2 months this next fall/winter. The last time I was there was 3+ years ago when a visa wasn't necessary. I know I will need to go to the D.C. embassy to apply for one. I'd like to know is how easy or difficult this has been in recent months. Some of the questions I have are:
Is it necessary to make an appointment or can you go to the embassy during their regular business hours?
Were the staff helpful or not?
Was it necessary to have an airline reservation before making the application? Is it possible to get a via if you plan to enter by land? (I entered from Maicao, Colombia in 2015.)
Was there anything required for the application that was not not listed on the official VE embassy web site?
How long did it take to get the visa approved and your US passport returned to you?
Do you have any other relevant information or advice?
I have friends in VE and I'm aware of the current situation, so, respectfully, there's no need for any political editorializing.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.