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VISITORS INFORMATION

Here you will find some useful information if you are coming from abroad.

VISA

Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian embassies/consulates unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an electronic visa.

Countries for which a Visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Check Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain/UK, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Netherlands/Holland, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Guyana, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.

Visitors who are residents of Australia, Canada, United States and Japan are eligible to apply for an electronic visa for up to a maximum stay of 90 days per year, for tourism or business purposes.

Visitors from other countries must request a visa at least seven working days prior to travelling to Brazil. Information regarding documents can be obtained from Brazilian embassies/consulates in each country. For addresses, visit.

For more information  you can visit: www.brazilgovnews.gov

 

HEALTH

It is strongly suggested that foreign visitors and participants acquire a travel insurance.

The Ministry of Health recommends that tourists have their vaccination card up-to-date, at least ten days prior to travel specially for the following diseases:

 Measles • Rubella • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Yellow fever • Influenza (flu)

IMPORTANT: Brazil does not require the presentation of vaccination certificates for entry into the country, (unless there has been a temporary request).

November to March are the warmer months in Brazil and therefore there is an increase  amount of mosquitoes which can transmit diseases.  You can find more information from the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) websites to know how to prepare your visit in this matter.

Zika virus (CDC): Web
Zika virus (ECDC): Web

Yellow Fever at (CDC): Web

Travellers may use insect repellents applied to the skin and clothes, to avoid being bitten. Repellents should always be applied after sunscreen, for effective protection. Repellents should be reapplied at regular intervals (after a few hours), after swimming and in hot, humid conditions when they may be removed by perspiration.

 

SAFETY

  • Your security depends very much on yourself therefore here are some suggestions:
  • Be discrete and try to blend in as much as possible in the locals so preferably don’t use identifiable “tourist clothes”.
  • Acting confident and as you walk through the streets familiarize with the area you are visiting, rather than gawping at a map and looking lost.
  • Stare at everyone, everywhere, as everyone will stare at everyone else in Brazil. It’s polite to do so and you will always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Carry a copy of your passport and leave the original and other credit cards in the safe at the hotel.
  • Do not carry a lot of cash around only enough for your expected purchases of the day.
  • Be careful about public transportation at night. At late hours a taxi would be preferred than a bus. If possible call a taxi company rather than picking one randomly in the street.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others when walking on the street, especially at night. If you see a group of young kids that look suspicious walking towards you, cross the street.
  • Avoid dark/enclosed areas. Try to move around in a group, preferably with local friends. At night, avoid walking on the streets alone.
  • Don’t take strangers you’ve just met back to your hotel room – This is the easiest way to become a victim of violence or theft.
  • Don’t get drunk, you will hardly see a Brazilian get drunk. Try to drink up to your limit and stop before feeling tipsy or getting drunk. Otherwise you’ll be an easy victim.

MONEY

The Brazilian currency is called “Real”. You do not need to bring Brazilian money when you arrive. It is easy to exchange Euros, American Dollars and British Pounds in Brazil. However we recommend you to withdraw Brazilian money from ATMs since brazilian money exchange companies usually have a bad exchange rate and they charge a fee to exchange money. Credit cards are usually accepted. At some places – especially restaurants – a 10% tip is a rule.