The football World Cup will be held in Brazil in 2014. See our advice page for travelling fans.

The military police in Bahia state have gone on strike from 17 April for an indefinite period. The strike is causing disruption to public transport and other public services. Many shops and commercial establishments are closed due to security concerns. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

There are some ongoing protests in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Recife and Belo Horizonte. There have been violent incidents and injuries. You should avoid all protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.

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

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.

155,548 British nationals visited Brazil in 2012. Most visits are trouble free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

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

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.

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