Foreign travel advice

Brazil

Summary

Large-scale strikes and protests are planned for Friday 28 April in major cities across Brazil. In Rio, the focus of the protests will be Copacabana; in São Paulo it will be Largo da Batata. There have been violent incidents and injuries at previous protests. Avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of the local authorities.

The strikes are likely to disrupt many public services, including most public transport. Many flights, particularly domestic flights, are likely to be affected. Check with your airline for the latest information and allow extra time to reach the airport.

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.

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.