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

There have been a number of violent clashes between the police and protestors in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela area of Rio de Janeiro. These clashes are also affecting parts of Copacabana. Take extra care and avoid any large gatherings. Monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.

There are also ongoing protests in a number of other Brazilian cities, including 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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