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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Jul 2019.

A national general strike has been planned for Friday 14 June which will affect public transport across Brazil. City buses and trains will not be running, metro services will be disrupted. Long distance buses and the airports are not on strike, but the strike may affect services if people struggle to get into work. Taxis will be operating but will be busy. If you are travelling on Friday, you should check with your airline / bus company before setting out and allow extra time to reach the airport or bus station as there may be more traffic on the roads.

Demonstrations are planned in major cities, including on the Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo and Avenida Presidente Vargas between Central do Brasil and Candelaria in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. We recommend that you avoid these areas on Friday. See Demonstrations and Civil Unrest.

185,858 British nationals visited Brazil in 2017. Despite high crime levels, most visits are trouble free.

You are likely to see a heavy police presence on the streets, including occasional checkpoints. Cars are usually slowed down to single file and have to drive past with windows down. If you’re asked to stop by the police at a checkpoint, stay calm and follow the instructions given.

Levels of crime including violent crime are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during Carnival when a large number of people gather in parties on the street. Bank card fraud including credit card cloning is common. See Crime

The security situation is many favelas (shanty towns) is unpredictable, particularly in Rio de Janeiro. Any visit to a favela can be dangerous. We recommend that you avoid these areas in all cities, including ‘favela tours’ marketed to tourists and any accommodation, restaurants or bars advertised as being within a favela. See Favelas

Protests take place regularly across Brazil and often without warning. Roads and public transport are frequently severely disrupted. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place, monitor local media and follow the advice from the local authorities.

There is an increased risk of unrest in the border region with Venezuela where tensions are running high over immigration. On 21 February 2019, the Venezuelan de facto authorities ordered the temporary closure of the land border. You should monitor local media for updates. The FCO advise against all travel within 40km of the Venezuela-Brazil border on the Venezuelan side of the border. See FCO travel advice for Venezuela

Terrorist attacks in Brazil can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation. This applies if one parent is Brazilian, even if your child only holds a British passport. See Entry requirements

Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil, and incurs severe penalties. See Local laws and customs

UK health authorities have classified Brazil as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Cases of dengue fever have also been reported, especially in the south-east and central-west of Brazil and cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed. You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

There has been an increase in reported cases of yellow fever, particularly in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais. You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites and check the requirement for vaccination. See Health

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The Money Advice Service can help you to consider the type of insurance you need. It is a free and independent service set up by government.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Brazilian Real (BRL)
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Dialling Code: 55
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 5,433,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Portuguese (official language) 91%

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Telephone Area Code: +55 61
Population: 2,562,963 (in 2010)
Latitude: -15.7810208842 Longitude: -47.9196166992

Largest City: São Paulo
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