Foreign travel advice

Brazil

Health

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website and by NHS (Scotland) on the fitfortravel website. Useful information and advice about healthcare abroad is also available on the NHS Choices website.

Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in Brazilian public hospitals. Public hospitals in Brazil, especially in major cities, tend to be crowded. Private hospitals will not accept you unless you can present evidence of sufficient funds or insurance. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

There has been an increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A in Sao Paulo over the last year. For more information and advice, see the Brazil country advice page and Hepatitis A factsheet from NaTHNaC.

You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • UK health authorities have classified Brazil as having a risk of Zika virus transmission
  • Malaria is present in parts of the country
  • There have been outbreaks of yellow fever in Brazil
  • Dengue fever is particularly common during the rainy season (from November to March).

For more information and advice, visit the NaTHNaC website.

The sun can be extremely strong and UV levels are higher than in the UK.

If you’re taking medication, take a good supply with you, as they may not be available locally. Bring a prescription or letter from your doctor confirming your requirement to carry the medication. Counterfeit drugs can also be an issue, so it’s always better to travel with your own supplies. Rules for carrying personal medication vary and can change, so check with the Brazilian Consulate before you travel.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 192 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.