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Brazil Travel Information

According to ethnicityology, Brazil (English: Brazil, Portuguese: Brasil) is a country in South America bordering Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil is the largest country in South America and also one of the largest countries in the world. About 500 kilometers from the coast is the archipelago of Fernando de Noronhawhich is also part of Brazil. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. A number of major cities in Brazil are: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo and Fortaleza.

Brazil is a mountainous country whose highest point is the Pico da Neblina in the Amazon with an altitude of almost 3,000 meters. Brazil’s coastline is approximately 8,000 kilometers long and consists largely of wide white and golden-brown sandy beaches. The clear blue waters around Brazil are ideal for diving and surfing. The Brazilian population is known to be an exuberant people. This can be seen in the summer carnival and football. Football is also the most famous sport in Brazil. Unfortunately, Brazil is also known for its high crime rate, gun ownership and slums. According to estatelearning, Brazil also contains a large part of the Amazon region (the largest rainforest in the world). The largest river in the world, the Amazon, also flows through this area. The economy of Brazil is largely based on agriculture (eg

Staten van Brazilië:
Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins in het federal district (Brasilia).

Where is Brazil?

Travel information of Brazil

Official name: Federal Republic of Brazil
Continent: South America
Area: 8,514,877 km²
Capital: Brasilia
Country code: BR, BRA
Population: 211,715,973 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 2,994 m (Pico da Neblina)
Distance (Amsterdam – Brasilia): 9,095 km
Flight time: approximately 12 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Brazil that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Brazil, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Brazil. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Brazil?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Brazil at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Brazil is largely in the tropical zone. The weather is nice almost all year round in most of Brazil. Due to the large size of the country, there are different climates. During the winter, temperatures range between 10 degrees in the south and 28 degrees in the tropical parts. In the summer, the temperature throughout Brazil can reach 40 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Brazil can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Brazil can be found at Climate info.

Best time
August, September, October, November and December are the best months to travel to Northern Brazil.
May, June, July and August are the best months to travel to Central Brazil.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to South Brazil.
In the above months you avoid the rainy season.

Portuguese is the official language in Brazil. Many Brazilians know a second language (Italian, German, Spanish and/or English).
Would you like to translate from or into Portuguese for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You need a valid passport.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Brazil for less than 90 days.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Brazil:
Dutch consulates in Brazil:
Brazilian Embassy in the Netherlands:
Brazilian consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Brazil, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

In Brazil (except Alagoas, Aracaju, Bahia, Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Ceara, Curitiba, Espirito Santo, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Goiania, Goias, Iguazu falls, Joao Pessoa, Maceio, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Natal, Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Salvador, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Sergipe, Teresina and Vitoria) malaria occurs. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Brazil, payments are made with the Brazilian real (BRL).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Brazil can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Brazil are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -23% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (46% cheaper), food (21% cheaper), imported beer in catering (5% more expensive), cigarettes (60% cheaper) and public transport (59% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Brazil it is customary to tip. If no service charge has been calculated yet, tip approximately 10%.

Time difference
Brazil is divided into three different regions:
– Acre time: 6 hours earlier (winter time), 7 hours earlier (summer time).
– Amazon time: 5 hours earlier (winter time), 6 hours earlier (summer time).
– Brasilia time: 4 hours earlier (winter time), 5 hours earlier (summer time).
Find the local times, dates and time zones and time zone map for Brazil on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Brazil you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Brazil.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Brazil.

In Brazil you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Brazil can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 190
– Fire brigade: 193
– Ambulance: 192
The international numbers 911 and 112 can also be used.

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Brazil can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Brazil can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Brazil end
Official websites of Brazil: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Brazil is 0055 or +55.
If you want to call the Netherlands from Brazil, enter 00 followed by the code of the local telephone provider you are calling from and then 31, i.e. 00 XX 31. (If you are using a country code, you
must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
can be found in the Brazil Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Brazil.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Brazil.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Brazil.

An overview of all public holidays in Brazil can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels, camping sites and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Brazil, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Brazil?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Brazil. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Brazil can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Brazil can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Brazil? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, electronics, money and perfume. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Brazil.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in Brazil, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Brazil, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Brazil? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, housing, scholarship, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Brazil.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Brazil is the largest country in South America?
…Brazil has its own space program?
…More than 1 million Asians live in Brazil?
…Brazil was partly colonized by the Netherlands between 1635 and 1654?
…Brazil has more than 2,500 airports?
…Brazil produces 25% of the coffee consumed worldwide?

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