PASSPORT AND VISA
Visas are granted by Brazilian consulates abroad. Tourists from countries of Mercosur do not need a visa to enter Brazil, just a valid passport or ID. Click here and learn more.
To find out if you need a visa to travel to Brazil, click here.
Brazil adopts a policy of reciprocity regarding visas. This means that nationals of countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens will need a visa to travel to Brazil. According to Brazilian law (Law 13.445/2017), visa exemptions can only be granted by Brazilian authorities on a reciprocal basis, through bilateral understanding on the subject. Brazil has bilateral understandings on visa waivers with around 90 countries.
If in doubt, contact the Brazilian Consulate nearest to you before travelling. Click here and learn more.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
The Brazilian Real (R$) is the official currency of Brazil. Foreign currency and traveller’s checks may be exchanged for reais at banks, travel agencies, and authorized hotels. Exchange rates can be checked daily in newspapers and specialized websites. Brazilian Money: official information on exchange and Brazilian banknotes and coins. Get to know the site.
Cambio Legal: This mobile application shows you the nearest authorized currency exchange agencies.
Because the Brazilian territory is largely located in a tropical zone, it is recommendable that visitors take vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days preceding their trip. Yellow fever is a disease transmitted by the bite of contaminated mosquitoes. Brazilian authorities require an international yellow fever vaccination certificate for tourists from some countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela, and Zaire. It should be noted that most of the Brazilian coastline is considered a risk-free zone for the disease.
If you have any questions, consult the nearest Brazilian Consulate.. Click here to learn more.
Tourists who hold foreign driver’s licenses may drive in Brazil, provided that their stay does not exceed 180 days. One should always carry their valid foreign license and a valid form of identification. For longer stays, foreign drivers need to obtain a Brazilian driver’s license corresponding to their foreign document. Foreign drivers are liable for any Brazilian traffic violations. See the legislation.