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Travel Guidance

Last edited: 22.01.2014

Travel Guide for Brazil was last updated January 22, 2014 with redactional changes. The overall security level has not changed.

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Summary

Most Danes who travel to Brazil do not encounter any problems. However, travelling in Brazil should always be done with caution due to risks of criminal activity.

Security risks

Large Brazilian cities host demonstrations at times. Travellers are advised to stay away from such events and to follow safety instructions provided by local authorities should there be any.

There is a risk of assault and robbery and travellers should attempt to stay near central squares and other places where large crowds are present. One should be cautious against youth bands and never go into slum areas - favelas - or close to prisons in big cities.

Staying the on beach and other remote areas after dark is not advised.

In general, one should always be careful when alone at night. As such, you should never accept a ride or lift from strangers.

Geographical risks

Parts of Brazil sometimes face heavy rain, floods and landslides. Travellers who find themselves in such situations should follow safety instructions provided by local authorities.

Criminality

The amount of violent assaults, armed robberies, thefts and carjacking is significant, especially in larger cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where many tourists stay.

You should not wear jewels and other expensive valuables and leave these, along with your important document such as passport and flight tickets, in a safe. Only carry with you the necessary cash and credit card to manage the day.

Travellers who are victims of robberies and other such acts should not try to defend themselves and avoid eye contact with offenders. The use of weapons in crimes is common in Brazil.

Paedophilia, specifically under-age prostitution, is common in Brazil. Sexual intercourse with under-aged is punished with long prison sentences, which are served under extremely difficult circumstances.

The trafficking and smuggling of drugs is illegal and punished severely. You should never carry someone else’s luggage or package when entering or leaving the country.

Transport

Pickpocketing and assaults are common in public transportation, and city buses in Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador and Sao Paulo should be completely avoided. The use of public transport should, in general, be avoided at night.

The use of taxis is only recommended if they are certified and come from taxi stops and hotels. You should not hire taxis on the street or accept unrequested taxi rides. When driving from and to Brazilian airports, you should make sure that you are being driven by an authorised driver. You should check whether the driver’s obligatory license and picture are visible, as required.

Travellers should avoid as much as possible driving outside bigger cities after dark. There is a significant risk of traffic accidents due to, amongst others, poor maintenance of roads. Traffic safety is poor in general, which calls for attention.

In big cities, you should at all times drive with locked doors and closed windows.

Special entry conditions

Denmark assists Danish citizens and others with permanent residence in Denmark. People with double citizenship cannot require Denmark’s protection if Brazil opposes itself to it, according to international law. People of Brazilian origin who plan to travel to Brazil should carefully consider their situation in relation to local authorities, including in terms of convictions, military status, and passport stamps, which may compromise or indicate the need for special care when travelling.

It is a requisite to carry proof of identity at all times. A photocopy of your passport may be sufficient but the police may ask to see the passport, which should therefore be readily available.

Danish citizens should ensure that their passports are stamped when entering and leaving the country.

Travel health insurance

Danes in Brazil are not covered by the national yellow health card, nor the blue EU health card. All Danes who travel or stay in Brazil are therefore recommended to arrange for a private health insurance plan.

Health care in Brazil

Relevant information on health care and on illnesses can be found on the homepage for Statens Serum Institut (SSI) or Sundhedsstyrelsen (SST). SSI does not advise individuals but you can always visit your general practitioner, vaccination clinics and SST.

Register yourself on the Danes list.

Danes who travel or stay in Brazil are, regardless of the duration of their stay, recommended to register themselves on the Danes list, which is how the Foreign Office contacts Danes, should a crisis situation occur. Register yourself on the Danes list.

Map of Brazil

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Contact

Danish Embassy or Consulate General in Brazil

 

Embassy of Denmark, Brasília

Tel.: +55 61 3878 4500
E-mail: bsbamb@um.dk

Consulate General, São Paulo

Tel. +55 (11) 2127 0750
E-mail: saogkl@um.dk