Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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Rich with beaches, rainforests, and vibrant urban centers, Brazil offers a wide variety of attractions.
For the adventurous, there are mountains to climb and islands to explore. For the more historically inclined, there are whole settlements from the colonial era that have not been renovated since their construction.
To experience the rich culture of Brazil, it is best to come during the time of Carnaval. Dancers flood the streets showing off sambo rhythms and other aspects of Brazil’s musical fabric. This is not to say Carnaval is the only time to behold such an event. Smaller versions of the festival happen throughout the year, and serve as a perfect window into the country’s heart.
Due to Brazil’s history as a trading port and colony, it is a melting pot of African, European, and Latin American cultures.
Brazil is also home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, offering an incredible range of flora and fauna. A trip to Brazil is a chance to experience a taste of everything.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Brazil. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Brazil: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
A yellow fever vaccination is not required to enter Brazil, but is highly recommended. See the yellow fever section below.
Malaria and dengue are present in Brazil. Be sure to take proper precautions to avoid these mosquito-borne diseases. Bring repellents netting and antimalarials, if needed.
Zika virus has been found in Brazil. Some travelers are at an increased risk including women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Make sure you use repellents and netting where needed.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
Brazil has been the site of multiple yellow fever outbreaks in the past few years. The most recent outbreak started in December 2016 and is still ongoing.
Yellow fever vaccination is highly recommended for travelers to:
See our health alerts section for the most up-to-date information.
A visa is required to enter Brazil for all U.S. citizens. There are several consulates in the country but it is necessary to apply to the consulate that covers your jurisdiction.
Tourist visas last 90 days, but can be extended once for an an extra 90 days. When entering the country, you must provide proof of a return ticket, or you may not be allowed entry.
For more information, see our Brazil visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Brazil’s climate can vary depending on which region you are visiting.
In the northern parts of the country, the climate is tropical, while in the southern regions the climate is more temperate. Most of the population lives in cooler areas like high altitudes or the coast.
Popular tourist destinations like Rio de Janeiro suffer from an extremely hot climate. Temperatures there are usually above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the dry season.
In the areas closer to the Amazon rainforest, temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit are rare. If you are traveling to cities in the upper region of the Amazon belt like Belem, heavy rainfall is common between December and April.
It is best to study the microclimate of the region you are visiting while planning a trip to Brazil.
U.S. citizens should travel with their passports on them at all times and be prepared to present it to local law enforcement, if necessary.
As a whole, the danger level of Brazil is classified as high. The murder rate if four times that of developed nations, and the crime rate reaches similar numbers. Travelers should remain vigilant at all times. Try not to travel outside of where you are staying after dark.
Do not ever enter the favelas. They are mostly operated by gangs, and are extremely dangerous even for locals. It is best to avoid them completely. If you are planning on going somewhere that is off the beaten path, consult with locals first to find out if it is safe.
Avoid carrying large amounts of money with you. If absolutely necessary, divide it up between several pockets. The efficiency of the police force varies depending on the region. It is imperative that you do not attempt to bribe them for any reason.
Brazil is widely renowned for its gorgeous beaches.
The most famous beaches are Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. There are gems further north such as the Boa Vista and Porto de Galinhas that are worth checking out.
If you are planning on visiting one of the more well-known beaches, be prepared to be mingling with large crowds. These beaches bring in tens of thousands of tourists, especially from Europe, throughout the year.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Brazil:
All Americans visiting Brazil should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Brazil, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES 801- Avenida das Nacoes, Lote 03
70403-900 – Brasilia, DF Brazil
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-61-3312-7400
Fax: (61) 3312-7651
Visit the Embassy to Brazil website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about travelling to Brazil or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now!
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