Foreign travel advice


Local laws and customs

Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil. If you are caught trafficking the penalties are severe, often involving long prison sentences in a Brazilian prison. The penalties for possession of drugs for personal use range from educational classes to community service. 

The sexual abuse of children is a serious crime and widespread in Brazil. The UK and Brazilian authorities are committed to combating travelling child sex offenders and the Brazilian government continues to crack down on those who commit such offences. If you commit sex offences against children abroad you can be prosecuted in the UK.

There is no legislation against homosexuality in Brazil. The country has a tradition of tolerance, but in recent years some attacks on homosexual couples have occurred. Since May 2011, Brazilian law recognises homosexual stable unions and gives homosexual couples equal rights.

You should carry some form of photo ID with you at all times.