Brazil Insider

Best travel period

Brazil can be visited at any time of the year, but there are large regional differences in climate. In the vicinity of the equator, the climate is the most constant (tropical).

High season
The main tourist season for domestic and foreign tourists is between December and early March, the Brazilian summer months. The temperature in Rio de Janeiro then rises to more than 40 degrees. From March to November, the climate is more comfortable, but still warm with average temperatures of about 30 degrees per day and about 20 degrees at night. In addition, July is the main travel period.

Low season
In the low season (spring and autumn), most resorts are quieter and cheaper. In the northeast of the country, the climate is also tropical. In the south and south-east, it is cooler and drier. During the Brazilian summer, it is warmer throughout the country; in the northeast and Amazon region, rainy season, it is stuffy and raining more. During the Brazilian winter, from June to September, the weather is pleasant in the northeast, while it can be very cold to the south and southeast. (Low temperatures of 10-15 degrees are possible.)

Entry requirements (updated December 21st. 2021)

• All travelers must have a vaccination certificate and a negative Covid-19 PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or a negative antigen test (maximum 24 hours old) upon arrival in Brazil. A certificate for those who have recovered will not be accepted. The control takes place at check-in by the airline. Boarding will not be approved without a certificate.
 • Children under 2 years and children between 2 and 12 years of age are exempt from taking the test, provided their companion meets all the requirements fulfill.  
• Entry by plane and by land is possible
• Cruises: Travel with cruise ships remains approved according to Anvisa (health authority) and compliance with the protocol established by Anvisa is mandatory. Only ships that operate exclusively in Brazilian waters during the cruise season are allowed.
• No specific occasion or reason for entry required
• Completely normal entry for tourists and business travelers
Health insurance: For all travelers, health insurance is required for the entire duration of the trip, which must have a minimum coverage of R$ 30’000. Proof of insurance must be in Portuguese or English.

Visa regulations

Business travelers and tourists from EU countries or Switzerland do not need a visa for their trip to Brazil. Entry can be made with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. For all other countries, the respective visa regulations must be observed.  Contact the Brazilian Consulate General or Embassy in your country for Visa information.

Travel documents required to enter Brazil

Passport (valid for at least 6 months)
• For children: children’s passport
• Ticket for return or onward journey
• Travelers must fill out the “Travelers’ Health Declaration”. This declaration can be requested under the link and a further link will then be sent by e-mail. The form must be completed electronically before arrival.
• The traveler receives the usual entry form for foreigners either on the plane, at the arrival airport or can be downloaded from the following site: “Entry and Exit Card” 
• Sufficient funds for the stay
• After entering the country, the authorized length of stay is a maximum of 90 days. A longer stay must be requested from the Brazilian Police (Polícia Federal). However, it is not possible to stay longer than 90 days. A 90-day stay is only possible once every 6 months. Important! It can happen that the length of stay is limited to 30 days at the discretion of the official. This is visible on the entry stamp.

Immunizations/Vaccines

No vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. Depending on the travel destination within the country (e.g. the Amazon region), it is advisable to contact the local institute for travel medicine or your family doctor.

Time zones

Brazil has three different time zones. The time difference is therefore very dependent on your country of origin and the areas to be visited

Money and credit cards

The Brazilian currency is called Real (Plural: Reais, R$), 1 Real equals 100 Centavos. In order to get money at the ATM, a bank card with the Maestro / Cirrus symbol is usually sufficient. Otherwise, you can even pay the smallest amounts with a credit card. The most common are Visa and Mastercard. In remote areas with no Internet connection, eg. on Amazon, you sometimes have to pay in cash. For pocket money, especially immediately after arrival, it may be good to take small notes in US dollars. 

Smartphone and internet 

In cities and tourist places, there is almost everywhere a Wi-Fi reception. The best way to do this is to use Skype or WhatsApp. Roaming costs can be very high. At Claro, Oi, TIM or Vivo, you can buy prepaid cards for your mobile phone, but be careful: networks are regulated in a federal state so you can pay high roaming costs once you change state!

Power

The voltage in Brazil is sometimes 110 volts, sometimes 220 volts.  There are often sockets for both voltages, but if you want to be safe, you only have to bring devices (razor, hairdryer, etc.) switching buttons for both voltages, Brazil uses N-type plugs. An adapter is required.

Tips

In restaurants, the bill usually shows 10% for service. If not, the bill indicates: “serviço não incluída”. Extra tipping, in this case, is not expected, but you should round up the total amount. If the service is not included, you should give 10-15%. Reasonable for room staff and luggage carriers: about R$ 15-25.

Potable water

Tap water is not drinkable. But you can use it without hesitation to brush your teeth. You should only drink bottled drinks, filtered or boiled water.

Important contact – your local representation 

Brazil Insider Incentives & Tourism
Avenida Pasteur 110 – 7th floor – Botafogo
CEP 22290-240  Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
info@brazil-insider.com
+55 21 99555 1134
+55 22 99755 1134Nove