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In brief

The  Autonomous Service of Registries and Notaries (“SAREN”) published on June 14, 2020 in its website’s news section and in its social media1 an announcement about the incorporation of Commercial Registries, Public Registries, Public Notaries and Principal Registries (“Registries and Notaries”) to the 7+7 easing timetable established by the National Executive.

The 7+7 easing timetable consists of seven quarantine days per seven easing days, until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. Registries and Notaries will only open in specific work hours within the seven days of the easing period.

To this date, no regulation in this respect has been published through an Official Gazette.

Work hours

During the easing period, Registries and Notaries will work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with limited staff. Additionally, the announcement establishes that adults older than 65 years and individuals with chronic diseases must remain in quarantine.

Duration of the easing period

Through a national broadcast, the National Executive stated that the 7+7 easing timetable would last until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found.


Registries and Notaries located in a special regime municipality are not subject to the 7+7 easing timetable, such as those located in frontiers with other countries.


José P. Barnola Jr. joined Baker McKenzie in 1996 and became partner in 2003. He is a senior member of the Venezuela tax practice group and counsel of the tax practice group in Mexico, and has extensive experience in tax advice, transactional tax and tax litigation. José has authored over 30 legal articles on several legal and tax issues published in Venezuela, United States, Canada and México (see list in and has over 18 years' experience as tax law professor. He has written and spoken on investment protection and tax planning, cross-border distribution activities, corporate reorganizations, VAT, tax litigation, employee taxation and other hot topics of the Venezuelan tax system. Since 2018, José has been based in Baker McKenzie's office in Mexico City on a special temporary assignment, where he provides complex planning and transactional investment protection and tax advice, especially for the oil and gas industry, as well as tax litigation. José is the Latin America representative in Baker McKenzie's Tax Dispute Resolution Global Steering Committee, in charge of designing and implementing the global, regional and local strategic plans of the Firm.


Jesús Dávila joined Baker McKenzie in 2002 and became partner in 2009. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Venezuela by Chambers Latin America and IFLR1000. Jesus advises domestic and multinational companies on the full scope of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures and a variety of other corporate work. He has a strong track record providing insightful advice to companies on matters of antitrust, foreign investment and technology transfer, IT/Communications, and trade and commerce. Jesus has been a professor in various renowned universities in Venezuela.


Maria Celis joined the Firm in 1997 and became partner in 2008. She has 20 years of experience working in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, telecommunication, real estate and anti-trust matters, and works with important national and international companies on corporate reorganization and M&A matters. She heads the Venezuela office Diversity & Inclusion committee and she was awarded as a highly commended lawyer in the category “Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year Venezuela” by Chambers and Partners in the Latin America Awards 2019. In addition, she is member of the Sustainability committee of the Venezuela office and represents Venezuela in the Real Estate and M&A Latin America Steering Committees.