Foreign travel advice



If you’re travelling to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games please also visit our ‘Stay Ahead of the Games page’.

Rio’s airports are expected to be extremely busy on Monday 22 August. Arrive at the airport early and allow extra time for check in and immigration.

A number of tourists in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics have reported thefts and robberies around Rio’s beaches (particularly Copacabana and Ipanema), and in Lapa and Santa Teresa. Attempted robberies have been reported on the walking trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Avoid carrying valuables and never leave your belongings unattended in public. Be particularly vigilant and never resist attackers. See Crime

A small number of foreign nationals in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics have reported robberies in taxis, particularly at night. Only use licensed taxis. You can pick up a licensed taxi from the many official taxi ranks around Rio. Always check your taxi has the company details on the outside. Taxi apps are also a useful way to call a licensed taxi; request your taxi inside if possible to avoid displaying your smartphone on the street.

Ticket ‘touting’ is a criminal offence in Brazil. Avoid buying or selling Olympic or Paralympic tickets on the secondary market.

Santos Dumont domestic airport in Rio is due to close each afternoon until 18 August 2016. Flights affected are expected to be diverted to Rio’s international airport.

Protests take place regularly, often without warning, in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. There have been violent incidents and injuries. Avoid demonstrations, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities.

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

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

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.

From July 2016, visitors to Brazil from or in transit through Angola and/or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must present an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis against yellow fever with a vaccination date at least 10 days prior to travel.

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.