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Brazil

Brazil: At a glance

Capital: Brasilia

Population: 209.3 million

Official language: Portugese

Time zone: Brasilia Time

Emergency #: 192/193

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Brazil: Travel Health Information

Brazil is known for its bustling cities, festivals, and natural landscapes. Countless tourists visit to explore the country’s diverse cities, colonial towns, and experience famous cultural events such as the annual Carnaval. Brazil is also well known for its biodiversity and natural attractions, such as the Amazon rainforest and Iguaçu Falls.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Brazil may differ from your home country. Brazil has a decentralized public healthcare system and a private sector. The quality of private healthcare is high in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. However, outside of major cities the quality of care can vary by region and services may not meet international standards. Rural regions may experience a shortage of trained healthcare professionals.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Brazil typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Brazil.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available in most towns in Brazil. Prescriptions must be obtained from a doctor and filled by a licensed pharmacist.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Brazil’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Brazil’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Road conditions in Brazil will vary by region and may be poorly maintained outside of major cities. A lack of enforced traffic laws makes driving hazardous. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in cars at all times. Helmets must be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Brazil: At a glance

Capital: Brasilia

Population: 209.3 million

Official language: Portugese

Time zone: Brasilia Time

Emergency #: 192/193

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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