Guidance

Living in Brazil

Advice for British people living in Brazil, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Brazil, including advice on benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.

Entry or residence requirements

For advice on entry requirements for Brazil, please visit our Travel Advice.

British nationals are allowed to visit Brazil without a visa for up to 90 days. Being entitled to apply for an extension on their visa for up to 90 days more, the extension applications are handled by the Brazilian Federal Police.

For visits of any other purposes, you must contact the Brazilian Consulate in London prior to your travel to check what type of visa is required upon arrival in the country.

When applying for residency in Brazil you might be asked to obtain a certificate from the Embassy with information about criminal records which might be held about you. The British Embassy/Consulates cannot issue any type of certificate in relation to personal information which might be held about you in the UK. You should contact the following UK based agencies for advice on how to apply for this type of information:

Once you have obtained this information you should get it legalised by the Legalisation Office in the UK and translated by an official/sworn translator before submitting it to the Brazilian authorities.

In case you have lived or been living in Brazil and need a Certificate of Criminal Records from the local authorities, you should submit your request to the Brazilian Federal Police.

Foreigner Identity Card and Tax Payer Registry (CPF):

RNM – Registro Nacional Migratório (Foreigner identity card)

This is the foreigner identity card, formerly known as Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE). Information about applying for a RNM can be found on the website of the Brazilian Federal Police. This document has the same validity as the national identity card (RG) issued for Brazilian nationals.

CPF

The Cadastro de Pessoa Fisica (CPF) is the national individual taxpayer registration, issued for residents and non-residents who wish to have assets entitled to taxes in Brazil. If you are in the UK, you can apply for it through the Brazilian Consulate in London, otherwise you must contact Receita Federal (Brazilian Customs and Revenue).

Benefits

For information on whether you can continue to or apply for benefits whilst living abroad please visit the following links:

Driving licences and vehicles

According to the Vienna Convention, holders of UK driving licences are allowed to drive in Brazil for 180 days, counting from the day they enter the country, as far as they have their original passport and original valid driving licence with them. After this period, please contact the nearest DETRAN office to apply for the recognition of your driving licence.

Finance

Information about taxation in Brazil can be obtained from the Receita Federal do Brasil (Brazilian Federal Revenue).

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCDO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 8 January 2014
Last updated 1 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated consular guidance and FCDO changes

  2. Updated April 2018

  3. First published.