Summary

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Brazil’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For guidance on how to stay safely in Brazil as a visitor if you are unable to return to the UK, see Coronavirus

The Brazilian government permits international travel to and from the UK. There remain, however, measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the country and at the border. You should read the Entry requirements section in full before planning to travel. See Entry requirements

154,586 British nationals visited Brazil in 2018. Despite high crime levels, most visits are trouble free.

On 8 January, protestors stormed Brazil’s congressional buildings, Supreme Court and presidential palace in Brasilia. By order of a Federal Decree, the central government district has been closed for 24 hours while the National Guard restore order. There is an ongoing risk of further protests across the country. British Nationals in Brazil are encouraged to avoid political rallies and events where crowds have gathered to protest. See safety and security section.

Levels of crime including violent crime are high, particularly in major cities. You are likely to see a heavy police presence on the streets, particularly in Rio de Janeiro. Bank card fraud including credit card cloning is common. See Crime

The FCDO advise against all travel within 40km of the Venezuela-Brazil border on the Venezuelan side of the border. See FCDO travel advice for Venezuela

Terrorist attacks in Brazil can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation. This applies if one parent is Brazilian, even if your child only holds a British passport. See Entry requirements

Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil and incurs severe penalties. See Local laws and customs

You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites. UK health authorities have classified Brazil as having a risk of Zika virus transmission and chikungunya, yellow fever and dengue are present. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and check the recommendations for vaccination. See Health

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.

The Money Advice Service can help you to consider the type of insurance you need. It is a free and independent service set up by government.