Thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) is an important antifibrinolytic factor that has been shown in increased concentrations to be associated with an increased risk for venous thrombosis. However, the effect of TAFI gene polymorphisms on the risk of venous thrombosis remains debatable. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the association of three single nucleotide polymorphisms: 505G>A (rs3742264), 1040 C>T (rs1926447) and −438G>A (rs2146881) with venous thrombosis risk using a meta-analysis. A systematic literature search for eligible studies published before 20 January 2015 was conducted in PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, WanFang database and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure. We assessed the possible association by pooled odds ratio and its 95% confidence interval. A total of 14 independent case–control studies including 2970 cases and 3049 controls were enrolled in the final meta-analysis. A significant reduction of venous thrombosis risk in the 505G>A polymorphism was observed under allele comparison, homozygote comparison and recessive models, but opposite results were seen in Asians. Likewise, there was a significant decreased susceptibility to venous thrombosis in the 1040C>T polymorphism in homozygote comparison and recessive models. In the subgroup analysis, the nonvenous thromboembolism disease group showed a significantly increased venous thrombosis risk. Pooled estimates did not show evidence of association between −438G>A and venous thrombosis risk in any genetic model. This meta-analysis suggested that although the −438G>T polymorphism is not correlated with venous thrombosis risk in all models, a trend toward reduced risk still could be observed. The A allele and AA genotype of 505G>A in whites and the TT genotype of 1040C>T were significantly associated with a decreased risk of venous thrombosis, except in the non-venous thromboembolism group.