PRACTICAL INFORMATION | Brazil Travel Tips and Advice for Holidays in Brazil

Visas : 

For a stay of less than 3 months, French, Belgian and Swiss nationals do not need a visa. A passport valid for more than 6 months (after the holiday return date) is enough. However, US and Canadian citizens need a visa. Citizens of other countries may also need a visa. (check with the embassy) 

US Citizens visa information - http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/brazil.html

Health : 

The most common illness is Dengue Fever but it is most present during the rainy season and especially in places that are unhygienic. The mosquito that carries and transmits this disease is often found in stagnant waters, there is no treatment against this illness which manifests itself by fever, red skin marks and great tiredness for 2 to 3 weeks. Malaria is present mainly in the Amazonian region, and there is not much that can be done other than protection against mosquito bites and possibly taking an anti malarial treatment (ask your doctor) Finally, it is advised to be vaccinated for yellow fever, a vaccination card is asked for for all travellers coming from South-American or African countries where there is yellow fever. 

Time difference : 

GMT/UTC - 3hr (in Brasilia), Watch out for the difference between summer time and winter time and the 3 different time zones within Brazil. The Nordeste region is the only one that doesn’t change time.

Weights and measures :  

the metric system

Electricity : 

Pay attention as the electrical supply is not standardised and can vary between 110V and 220V. Bring a transformer and check before plugging in any electrical equipment!

Telephone Area code : 

+ 55 + regional code + number