Brazil: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Brazil. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

Those travelling on a US, Canadian or Australian passport no longer require a visa for travel to Brazil. Likewise, EU and Swiss passport holders do not require a visa in advance; one will be issued at customs when you enter Brazil.  This information can change at any time at short notice and we recommend you reconfirm closer to the date of travel.

NB. Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Brazil.

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Brazil?

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change. In general, aside from standard vaccinations we advise that visitors to the extreme north and west of Brazil, ie the Amazon and Pantanal have yellow fever vaccinations. There have been some cases of yellow fever in the Iguassu region recently so we suggest a yellow fever vaccination for those visiting this area as well. What is recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Brazil is a tropical country so we do recommend you bring good quality mosquito spray with you, especially if you are going to the Amazon, Iguassu Falls or the Pantanal. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you and which ones will suit you best. Some excellent medication (with fewer side effects) is available for shorter visits to risk areas).

Should I bring travellers cheques?

In Brazil we do not recommend needing to bring travellers cheques. There are plenty of cash machines and it can be troublesome and time consuming to change your travellers cheques while out there.  Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, MAESTRO etc symbols), local ones will not work. If you are travelling to a remote area make sure you have some cash already and don’t have to rely on what may be the single cash machine in the village. Credit cards are accepted with almost as much frequency as they are at home; all major credit cards are accepted in most places. Generally it’s good to have more than one card, so that you have an alternative if there is a problem with the connection for one.

Which currency should I bring?

The local currency is called the Brazilian Real. You should be able to bring out some Brazilian currency by going to your bank or currency exchange either near your home or at the airport.