Travel Information Brazil
Find more information below on Brazil, South America, such as general information, currency, safety and more.
- FLAG 🇧🇷
- CAPITAL Brasilia
- GOVERNMENT federal republic
- CURRENCY Brazilian real (BRL)
- POPULATION 205,338,000
- TOTAL AREA 8,514,877km² (water: 55,460km² land: 8,459,417km²)
- LANGUAGES official: Portuguese, also spoken: +180 indigenous languages, English, and Spanish
- DECIMAL SYSTEM metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is from UTC-05:00 to UTC-02:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION located in South America.
Most popular cities in Brazil
- Brasília – The capital of Brazil, and an architectural spectacle. Noteworthy buildings include a basket-shaped cathedral, the beautiful Arches Palace (seat of the Ministry of Justice) and others.
- Rio de Janeiro – World famous, beautiful city that welcomes visitors with a big statue of an open-armed Jesus atop Corcovado Hill.
- Salvador – The first capital of Brazil is home to a unique blend of indigenous, African and European cultures. Its Carnival fun is famous, and the influence of African culture and religion is remarkable.
- São Paulo – Brazil’s largest, richest and most cosmopolitan city, where you can find strong influences of several ethnicities, including Italian, Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, Caribbean, Greek and Arab.
- Florianópolis – The city is located in an island in the Atlantic Ocean in the southern state of Santa Catarina, with lakes, lagoons, amazing nature and more than 40 clean, beautiful, natural beaches. Major destination for Argentines during the summer months.
- Fortaleza – The fifth biggest city in Brazil, blessed with beautiful beaches. Home of the Iracema Beach street market. A good base for exploring the beaches of the northeastern coast, including Jericoacoara. Famed for forró music and comedians.
- Manaus – Located in the heart of the Amazon, is the capital of Amazonas State and it is also the biggest city of the Amazon. At Manaus the rivers Negro and Solimões meet to become the Amazonas River. The best place to go to visit the Amazon rainforest. It is a gateway to the Anavilhanas and to Jaú National Park.
- Porto Alegre – a major city between Argentina and São Paulo and gateway to Brazil’s fabulous Green Canyons.
- Recife – A city in the Northeast region, originally settled by Dutch colonizers. Nicknamed “The Brazilian Venice”, it is built on several islands linked by many bridges. Rich in history, art and folklore. Do not miss neighboring Olinda and Porto de Galinhas. The city is also a gateway to the amazing archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.
Sockets & Plugs in Brazil
127/220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type N.
Brazil uses the Brazilian real (symbol: R$), code BRL.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 reals. Real is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 1 reals and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Brazil. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Brazil has one of the highest ATM densities in the world. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Brazil is on average 4.1 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Brazil is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 71.20 BRL, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: TIM, Nextel, Vivo, Oi or Claro.
Brazil uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1800, GSM 850, GSM 1900 and GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Brazil upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Brazil, dial +, then 55 (the country code for Brazil), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
High crime rate
Brazil has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Brazil you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-80 km/h (37-49 mph) on undivided highways, 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on expressways and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on motorways.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- your age must be over 25
- you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.
Cannabis is illegal but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 190
- Ambulance 192
- Fire department 193
- Federal highway police 191
- Federal police 194
- Civil police 197
- State highway police 198
- Civil defense 199
- Municipal guard 153
- Human rights 100
- Emergency in Mercosul area 128
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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