Foreign travel advice

Brazil

Summary

Large-scale protests are planned for Sunday 26 March 2017 in major cities across Brazil, including: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Recife, Brasilia, Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte. In Rio, the focus will be Copacabana; in São Paulo it will be Avenida Paulista. There have been violent incidents and injuries at previous protests. Roads and public transport are likely to be disrupted. Avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of the local authorities.

Tourist Police in Rio de Janeiro are not currently issuing police reports due to a dispute over pay. If you need to report a stolen passport or other item, please contact the British Consulate on +55 21 2555 9600 (option 2) for advice. All other crimes should be reported directly to the police.

Protests take place regularly, often without warning, in Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. There have been violent incidents and injuries.

There has been an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

UK health authorities have classified Brazil as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Strikes affecting transport and security may take place at short notice across Brazil. These are often short but may cause disruption. Monitor local media for updates and advice.

Levels of crime and violence are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods. Bank card fraud is common. See Crime

You should remain vigilant, follow local advice and monitor local media.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

189,269 British nationals visited Brazil in 2015. Most visits are trouble free.

If you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation. See Entry requirements

Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil, and incurs severe penalties. See Local Laws and Customs

The number of dengue fever cases in Brazil as a whole has increased considerably in 2015, especially in the south-east and central-west. Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in Brazil and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Brazil’s land border with Venezuela has reopened, but may be closed at short notice. You should monitor local media for updates and advice.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.