Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Brazil on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

There are currently no restrictions on commercial flights entering Brazil from the UK. Check with your travel provider for the latest information on available routings and flight options.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Brazil.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

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

The Brazilian government has stated that the public health system should not be used for pre-departure tests. Travellers should obtain a test from a private provider.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Brazil

A number of Brazilian states no longer mandate the use of face masks and face coverings while in public. However, the guidance may vary from state to state and there can often be different rules within different cities. You should refer to official guidance in your location for details of what preventative measures are in place and how you can comply with them.

There are additional local requirements to show proof of vaccination in order to access certain places, such private venues, including hotels, restaurants and gyms. The precise requirements may vary from venue to venue so you should check on compliancy requirements in advance.

Accommodation

Hotels are operating at capacities dictated by local rules and regulations.

Public spaces and services

The situation varies around Brazil. Each state will determine local measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, and this includes regulation on public transport and on the opening of non-essential services (shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities). You should refer to official guidance in your location for details of what preventative measures are in place and how you can comply with them.

Healthcare in Brazil

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self isolate for 14 days. You should only go to hospital if you are feeling breathless.

The public healthcare system varies across the country, and in some states in Brazil the additional burden of treating COVID-19 patients might affect services such as accident & emergency care. Some private hospitals are no longer accepting credit card payments for admissions and only accepting patients with valid health insurance.

Check if your travel or health insurance has comprehensive cover for coronavirus and refer to official channels in your location for further details.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Brazil.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Brazil

We will update this page when the Government of Brazil announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Brazilian national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech and CoronaVac (Sinovac lab) vaccines. The Brazilian authorities have issued guidance on their national vaccination programme (only available in Portuguese). British nationals resident in Brazil are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme, on the same basis as Brazilian nationals if they hold a CPF (fiscal number). Information about which groups are currently being offered vaccines is included in the guidance. Vaccination registration varies from state to state, you should refer to official guidance from local authorities for further information.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Brazil, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

You can find more information from the Brazilian Consulate in London and on the website of the Ministry of Health (in Portuguese).

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.