Brazil Travel Tips
No matter what time of the year you’re traveling, Brazil is always an excellent option. The weather varies from season to season and should be checked according to your travel preferences.
The summer in Brazil is from December to February and is the most visited time for tourists. It is important to know that a lot of Brazilians take vacation during this time so it is essential to plan far in advance.
Another side note is that Carnival occurs in either February or March and is the week leading up to ash Wednesday. The Carnival festival is an event you cannot miss and must be experienced at least once in your lifetime!
In order to visit Brazil, it is necessary to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the entry date. Depending on your country of origin, a visa may be required to enter the country as well.
Visa Not Required
The following countries do not require visas for stays of 90 days or less by tourists. They include Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.
If you are from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or another nationality that was not aforementioned, a visa is required to enter Brazil. Tourists with visas are allowed to stay for 6 months per year with a required renewal after 90 days at the Policia Federal in any major airport. Visas are also usually valid for 5 or 10 years.
Getting there and getting around
Many airlines from the US and Europe fly daily into Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Domestic flights also occur daily with main airlines TAM, Gol, Avianca, and Azul. We can book the best flights according to your schedule or also provide transfer services by car, bus, taxi, or air conditioned vehicles.
Tips before traveling
- It is important to know of any visa or vaccination requirements before entering Brazil. Check with your local Brazilian Consulate if you are unsure. For US citizens, a visa is required so plan accordingly before traveling.
- No vaccinations are required to enter Brazil, but if you plan to travel to the Amazon, a yellow fever vaccination is recommended. This vaccination should be planned in advance because it can take up to 10 days for it take effect. Anti- malaria medicine is also advised and should be considered upon visiting this region.
- Banks can exchange currency and travelers checks as well. If you plan to travel to a lesser populated area outside of a city, it is important to carry cash just in case. Most places accept Mastercard, American Express, Diners, and Visa. Most banks also accept foreign cards at ATMs. Just make sure the Cirrus and Visa logo is located on the ATM.
- If you plan on carrying cash, always bring smaller bills and change, since most places rarely carry enough change for larger bills.
- If you plan on sending small children with only your spouse, it is important to know that a written authorized note from the non-accompanying parent is required prior to the child traveling. This note must be translated into Portuguese at your local Brazilian consulate, and then shown to airport authorities before coming back home.
- Medical insurance should also be considered before you travel and that is a service we provide. It should include all contingencies especially a departure to your country of origin by a plane with necessary medical equipment.
- Bring appropriate clothes for the climates you plan to travel to including any sunscreen or bug repellent.
- Like in any major city, be aware of your surroundings when you travel abroad. Try not to wear any flashy jewelry or clothes. Take caution when using cameras and cell phones in public and make sure everything is in your front pocket.
- Brazil can get very hot so it is important to drink plenty of water. DO NOT drink tap water, only bottled water or water from a filter.
- The electricity voltage can vary from city to city and depending on the region you will visit. Most hotels do provide adapters and outlets but outlet adapters should be considered before leaving for your trip.
- If you plan on making international calls, the process for calling is 00 – 21 – country code – city code – phone number. For a local call within the city you are staying, only dial the phone number. For calls to other Brazilian states, dial the carrier code of (021, 031, etc) followed by the state code and phone number.
- The principal language in Brazil is Portuguese. Although the larger and more touristic cities may have hotels, restaurants and other services in English, it is important to learn some common phrases or basic Portuguese before leaving for your trip. This is more essential if you plan on traveling to smaller cities or more rural areas.
- The Metric system is used in Brazil, along with Celsius temperature like most European countries. It also should be noted that Brazil operates on military time.
- Coming to Brazil, you will find that Brazilians are very friendly and approachable people. They are willing to help with any problems necessary and enjoy that foreigners want to visit their country. Take some time to remember where you are and be respectful and courteous to others.
- Lastly, enjoy your stay in Brazil and HAVE FUN! We hope to see you again soon.