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  • Visa

    If you are a national of the European Union or Switzerland, a tourist visa valid for 90 days will be issued to you on your arrival in Brazil, on presentation of your passport. If you are a US citizen, you do need a visa. If you are a national of any other country, please check with the services of the Brazilian Embassy in your country’s capital. .

    Caution: an immigration form mentioning the date of your entry into Brazil will be issued to you on your arrival at the airport. Keep it carefully as you will be asked to present it again when you leave the country.

  • Health

    No vaccinations are compulsory except against yellow fever if you are travelling to the Amazon and Pantanal or if you are coming from infected regions (particularly Africa, Peru and Bolivia). For these two regions, anti-malarial drugs are advised.

    During the rainy season there is a risk of dengue fever everywhere. The carrier of this disease is the mosquito. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those of influenza (fever, stiffness, headaches), but it must be treated with paracetamol. Taking aspirin is not advisable. The incubation period of the disease is around eight days; you should inform your doctor when symptoms similar to influenza appear after returning to your country. There is no vaccine for prevention.

    In your personal medicine kit, bring anti-mosquito sprays or mosquito repellent creams. For the Amazon, you should also take quinine-based medication for malaria. To prevent and cure stomach upsets, put in anti-diarrhea and anti-infection drugs. Also take along an antihistamine for allergies and itching due to insect bites, a disinfectant and an ointment for burns (like Biafine).

  • Insurance

    Our trips and vacations DO NOT include any insurance. We highly recommend you to subscribe complete travel insurance for medical emergency, a cancellation of trip, lost luggage, and more.

    You may want to check the available options on

  • Climate

    Situated between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, Brazil mainly has a tropical climate, which means hot and humid. In most of the territory, the seasons are marked by the rains. As the country is located in the Southern hemisphere, remember their pattern is the opposite of seasons in Europe and USA.

    • Summer in Brazil starts end of November and goes on till March. The hottest months are December, January and February. During this period, temperatures vary between 30ºC and 40ºC. Summer is not the ideal season for going to the Amazon as it rains heavily and is extremely hot and humid.
    • Winter is almost nonexistent; it simply means the arrival of the rains. However, considering the vastness of the country, temperatures are far from uniform. In Rio, nights are cool and daytime temperatures are pleasant (15ºC - 25ºC). In the Northeast, temperatures are lower than in summer but still close to 28ºC. The months of June, July and August bring tropical rains, which means cool weather. Finally, winter is the best time to go to the Amazon. This is the dry season, lasting from March until September, with relatively lower temperatures and humidity levels.
    • Spring (September to November) is an excellent compromise. It does not rain much and you still don’t get the summer heat.
  • Tableau récapitulatif:

    Destinations Good season Ideal Season Season to be avoided
    Amazon June to December June/July January to June
    Northeast All year round September to March -
    Rio All year round June to September -
    Iguaçu All year round July to November -
  • Safety

    As in other parts of the world, the metropolitan cities in Brazil are dangerous and tourists could be easy targets for thieves and crooks. To avoid unpleasant experiences which could ruin your holiday, here is a list of simple dos and don’ts which we ask you to follow. As you will see, most of them are just common sense rules and hold for all your travel abroad.

    • Be careful and discreet (avoid external signs of wealth like jewels and expensive looking clothes which could attract attention and envy).
    • Try not to be too obvious as a tourist. Don’t flaunt your cameras and camcorders all the time.
    • In case of attack, do not resist the aggressor.
    • Take precautions when you use credit cards (see that the card does not leave your sight when making a payment, check whether you are being followed before approaching an ATM. It is preferable to use the ATMs inside bank premises and airports).
    • Make photocopies of your official documents and leave the originals in the hotel safe.
    • Do not carry large amounts of money, but make sure you always have a 50 Reais note to hand over, without hesitating and without wasting any time, in case you are attacked.
    • See that you always have the number of alter-nativ Brazil (031 81)* 91 32 45 54) and call us in case of an emergency. We will immediately get in touch with the nearest consulate of your country.
    • When you go to the beach, take only the minimum you need.

    * If you are calling us from Recife or from the State of Pernambuco, directly dial 33 26 58 56. If you are calling us from any other state in Brazil, dial 031 81 33 26 58 56.

  • Currency

    Brazilian currency is the Real (R$). For several years now it has been quite stable. To get the latest exchange rate, go on You could take Euros or US dollars (in cash) and a couple of credit cards (it is possible to withdraw cash in most cities at the Banco do Brasil, Citibank, HSBC, Bradesco).

  • Time zones

    Brazil has four time zones! To make it simpler, we’ll just say there is a difference of 3 hours between Brasilia and London in winter and 4 hours in summer.

  • What you should take with you

    • your passport with a validity of at least six months starting from the date of your return flight (for instance: if your return flight is booked for January 1 of 2014, your passport must be valid till July 1 of 2014). Make sure you bring some Xerox copies of all your documents. Those can be quite useful in case you lose the originals and need to get new ones from your country Embassy or Consulate.
    • the numbers of your insurance company (policy number and telephone number) or photocopy of insurance policy,
    • cash (in Euros or US dollars) and one or several credit cards,
    • your alter-nativ Brazil program + telephone number of our agency (031 81) 33 26 58 56 and emergency cell phone number (031 81) 91 32 45 54,
    • personal medical kit (see paragraph on Health),
    • anti-mosquito lotion,
    • light clothes (Tee-shirts, shorts...),
    • light rainwear,
    • swimwear,
    • sun glasses,
    • sun screen lotion with strong sun protection,
    • hat or cap,
    • walking shoes in case you plan to do some trekking
  • Voltage

    Voltage is not standardized; it varies between 110 and 220 Volts, depending on the cities and the regions. Most plug points are adapted for flat or round pins. You definitely want to bring an adaptor.