Health Certificate – Steps and Requirements in Venezuela

The health certificate It is an essential document when applying for certain jobs, as can be guessed from the moment it is even mentioned.

It is extremely important that you meet certain health conditions when working in certain spaces, since otherwise any activity comes with many easily avoidable risks. That is the primary function that your health certificate fulfills.

However, we all know how difficult it can be to get some procedures in our country and many times the indications become somewhat vague and unclear in the best case and totally non-existent in the worst scenario, so it is convenient to have an order of your documents, know their function and know where and how you can carry out this process.

In a situation like the one that Venezuela currently presents, it is common for our relatives, friends or colleagues to go crazy looking for guides on what documents they should have in line to leave the country, and most of the guides on the internet are often imprecise or very complicated to find, even contradicting each other!, leaving you with more doubts than before and wondering if it will be worth the trip to ask a State institution what is the procedure to carry out, and even in those cases the same thing happens same!

Congratulations then! This is the reason why we have created a precise and organized list on which steps you must follow and what requirements you need to process your health certificate.


In this case, the following health exams are not used as individual documents, but the medical certificate itself is a summary or summary that lists them in the same procedure. This way you don’t have to carry a folder full of your exams, reports, appointment records, recipes and others every time you want to apply for a job. These exams are:

  • Your complete original vaccination card: Toxoid, Hepatitis “B”, Trivalent and Anti-Yellow.
  • The report or proof of the last cytology (in the case of women) with a validity of less than one year (preferably made in the last six months)
  • Evidence of updated physical examination.
  • Stool test valid for 10 days.
  • Urine test valid for 10 days.
  • VDRL test (to detect syphilis) valid for a maximum of 6 months.


When you already have all the exams in your hands issued by a health center and updated or valid, you must continue with your necessary identification documents and permits, which are:

  • A recent passport photo with a white background.
  • A photocopy of your identity card.
  • A copy of the food handler’s certificate if the user works in this area.
  • In the case of a minor, you must comply with the same requirements, adding a photocopy of the identity card of the representative of the latter and the corresponding signed authorization.

Steps to follow

  1. Have all the aforementioned requirements in order and as recent as possible, and if not, ask the center you are going to if there is availability to do them. You will save a lot of time.
  2. You must know which centers or entities authorized by the Ministry of Popular Power for Health are carrying out this procedure.
  3. It is important that you take into account the schedules, the centers within your area and prepare the requirements in advance. You must be attentive.
  4. With this in mind, try to arrive as early as you can to expedite the process.
  5. Finally, after you are assigned a number for your appointment, all you have to do is wait for the corresponding time to be attended to and promptly deliver your documentation. I recommend being very patient, since we all know how long bureaucratic processes can be in our country.

Where can it be done?

The capital is divided into health districts, which each include a section of a municipality, their corresponding parishes and within them the health centers where you can carry out the process to obtain your health certificate.

In Caracas, these divisions are made as follows

  • Sanitary District No.2 (Av. Bolívar, Edificio Orleans, Laguna de Catia, behind the Catia Shopping Center) corresponds to the parishes of El Junquito, 23 de Enero and Sucre. Some centers available are the Nueva Caracas Ambulatory (Av. Sucre de Catia) and the El Junquito Hospital (Kilometer 25 of El Junquito). They serve only individuals belonging to the aforementioned parishes after 7 in the morning.
  • Sanitary District No.3 (Av. San Martín, corner of Cruz Verde from La Vega to Palo Grande), which deals with the parishes to the west of Caracas, such as Antímano, Caricuao, El Paraíso, La Vega, Maracao and San Juan, has the Sanitary Unit San Martín (in front of the elevated San Martín, two blocks from the Capuchinos metro station). They serve only individuals belonging to the aforementioned parishes after 7 in the morning.
  • Sanitary District No.4 (located on Avenida Intercomunal del Valle with Calle 4, Los Jardines de El Valle, close to the Clínica Popular del Valle, behind the Comandante Supremo Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías Maternal and Child Hospital, three blocks from the Los Jardines Metro station) picks up to the parishes of Coche, San Agustín, Santa Rosalía, San Pedro and Coche and is one of the few that accepts requests from people from other parishes, sectors and municipalities.
  • Finally, Sanitary District No.7 It takes the Sucre, Chacao, El Hatillo and Baruta municipalities, and some available centers are the Francisca Pérez de León Hospital, in Petare, and the La Carlota Ambulatory. They serve only individuals belonging to the aforementioned parishes after 7 in the morning.

In most public and private care centers they allow you to take the necessary exams for the delivery of this procedure.

Since the procedure outside of Caracas is carried out by operations, it means that participation is in very specific places and dates, so it is convenient to keep yourself informed regarding these movements in hospitals and outpatient clinics near the area from which you come. . If you belong to a remote town, community or sector, it is best to go to the nearest city and ask about the procedure at your favorite health center.

What is?

A health certificate is a document that describes and confirms the optimal health of an individualverifying that he does not suffer from any infection, disease or considerable disability, especially respiratory and sexually transmitted.

What is it for?

It fulfills the function of guaranteeing in your place of work or requesting documents to leave the country that in case of being part of an environment surrounded by people, food or very delicate objects, such as an infirmary or a fast food chain , there is no risk of transmitting any type of respiratory disease, sexually transmitted infections or sexually transmitted diseases, mainly.

It is the document that informs the entity that requests it that you are fit to work and handle products that require great care.

It also summarizes in a practical and concise way the most important data regarding your health.

Is it the same as the medical certificate?

This is a question that generates immediate confusion in the reader.

I think that to continue you must first be clear about what a medical certificate is:

The medical certificate It is a kind of certificate written by a doctor where it attests to the state of health of a person at the time it is issued.

It may sound very similar to you, but the medical certificate gives reason for information such as your history, habits, blood group, vision difficulties. This is also signed by a doctor accredited for this task, has a longer validity (approximately 3 years) and is the one that is usually requested when applying for a driver’s license or permit.

On the other hand, the health certificate contains data regarding your vaccinations, general tests such as urine and feces, infections. respiratory diseases, among others. It expires in a much shorter period (1 year) and is issued directly by a health authority or unit instead of a doctor. It is usually requested in case of opting for a job or procedures necessary to leave the national territory.

What are the costs of this certificate?

The truth is that, unlike other procedures, the health certificate is free of chargewhich makes it somewhat easier to acquire compared to other documents.

If you plan to leave the country for reasons of studies, work or any other situation, although not much is said about it, always keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your documents up to date, including this one, since these are the ones that will open the doors to many opportunities outside of Venezuela, and particularly your health certificate is one of the keys that will help you not only in Venezuela but throughout the world.

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