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

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

217,003 British nationals visited Brazil in 2014. 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 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 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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.