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Event: The Government of Brazil announced additional entry requirements on December 20, 2021, including the following:

All individuals ages 12 and older traveling to Brazil by air must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (electronic or printed), in addition to a Traveler’s Health Declaration (DSV) completed no more than 24 hours prior to boarding, and proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of boarding or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of boarding. However, the proof of vaccination requirement is waived for travelers:

  • with a health condition that contraindicates vaccination, certified by a medical report;
  • not eligible for vaccination due to age, according to criteria defined by the Ministry of Health in the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against COVID-19 and published in the Ministry of Health website;
  • due to humanitarian issues (as detailed in the December 20 portaria); or,
  •  arriving from countries with low vaccination coverage published on the Ministry of Health website.

Unvaccinated travelers who are Brazilian citizens, legal residents, or those waived in categories I – IV (see above) will be allowed to enter but must complete a fourteen-day quarantine after reaching their final destination in Brazil at the address indicated on their DSV form. After the fifth day of quarantine, if the traveler is asymptomatic and has received a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result, the quarantine may be discontinued.

Brazilians and legal residents who left Brazil by December 14, 2021 are exempt from presenting proof of vaccination and from quarantining on return.

Vaccines must be approved by the World Health Organization or by relevant health authorities in the country where the vaccine was administered. To be considered fully vaccinated, the traveler must have received the final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to boarding.

While Brazil’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements may change, the CDC recommends that U.S. citizens should not travel internationally until they are fully vaccinated.

For more details on Brazil’s COVID-19 entry requirements:

  • Review the December 20 Brazilian government announcement outlining new entry requirements. · Visit the U.S. Embassy Brasilia COVID-19 webpage for information on conditions in Brazil.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions, including potential COVID vaccine or testing requirements for countries you are transiting through.

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Travel Advisory October 19, 2023

Brazil - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with updates to Country Summary.

Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to  crime . Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:

  • Any areas within 150 km/100 miles of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to  crime . (Note: This does not apply to the Foz do Iguacu National Park or Pantanal National Park.)
  • Informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or conglomerados) at any time of day due to  crime  (see additional information below).
  • Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”) of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours due to  crime  (see additional information below).

Country Summary:   Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, and carjacking, is common in urban areas, day and night. Gang activity and organized crime is widespread. Assaults, including with sedatives and drugs placed in drinks, are common. U.S. government personnel are discouraged from using municipal buses in all parts of Brazil due to an elevated risk of robbery and assault at any time of day, and especially at night.

If you decide to travel to Brazil: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not accept food or drinks from strangers.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Avoid going to bars or nightclubs alone.
  • Avoid walking on beaches after dark.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Use caution at, or going to, major transportation centers or on public transportation, especially at night. Passengers face an elevated risk of robbery or assault using public, municipal bus transportation throughout Brazil.
  • Use increased caution when hiking in isolated areas.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
  • Review the Country Security Report for Brazil.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

International Borders – Level 4: Do Not Travel

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to areas within 150 km/100 miles of the international land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay without advance approval from security officials due to crime. Travel to the Foz do Iguacu National Park and Pantanal National Park is permitted.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .

Informal Housing Developments (commonly known as “Favelas”) – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to informal housing developments (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or conglomerados), even on a guided tour.  Neither the tour companies nor the police can guarantee your safety when entering these communities.  Even in these communities that the police or local governments deem safe, the situation can change quickly and without notice.  While some informal housing developments have clear boundaries or gates, or even names such as “favela”, “vila”, “comunidade”, or “conglomerado”, other such developments may be less obvious, and may be identified by crowded quarters, poorer conditions, and/or irregular construction.  In addition, exercise caution in areas surrounding these communities, as occasionally, inter-gang fighting and confrontations with police move beyond the confines of these communities.  Except under limited circumstances and with advance approval, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to enter any informal housing developments in Brazil. Read the Safety and Security Section on the  country information page  and consult the maps on the Embassy’s website for further information regarding favelas.

Visit our website for Travel High-Risk Areas .

Brasilia’s Administrative Regions (commonly known as “Satellite Cities”) – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Without advance approval from security officials, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to Brasilia’s Administrative Regions of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (non-daylight hours) due to crime.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Brasilia SES 801- Avenida das Nacoes, Lote 03 70403-900 - Brasilia, DF Brazil Telephone: 011-55-61-3312-7000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-61-3312-7400 Fax: (61) 3312-7651 Email: [email protected]

Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários 30110-028 Belo Horizonte, MG – Brazil Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000 E-mail: [email protected] Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia

Consular Agency in Brasilia’s Consular District Manaus Consular Agency Edificio Atrium, Suite 306 Rua Franco de Sá, 310 69.079-210 Manaus, AM Brazil Telephone: 011-55-92-3611-3333 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo d' Areia 91010-004 - Porto Alegre, RS Brazil Telephone:  011-55-51-3345-6000 Email:  [email protected]

U.S. Consulate General Recife Rua Goncalves Maia, 163, Boa Vista 50070-125 - Recife, PE Brazil Telephone:  011-55-81-3416-3050 or 011-55-81-3416-3080 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  011-55-81-3416-3060 or 011-55-81-9916-9470 Email:  [email protected]

Consular Agency in Recife’s Consular District U.S. Consular Agency Fortaleza Avenida Santos Dumont 2828, Aldeota, Suite 708 60150-162- Fortaleza, CE Brazil Telephone: 011-55-85-3223-4902 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Recife

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro Avenida Presidente Wilson, 147, Castelo 20030-020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil Telephone:  011-55-213823-2000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  011-55-21-3823-2029 Email:   [email protected]

Consular Agency in Rio de Janeiro’s Consular District U.S. Consular Agency Salvador da Bahia Avenida Tancredo Neves, 1632, Caminho das Arvores Salvador Trade Center-Torre Sul, Room 1401 41820-020 - Salvador, Bahia Brazil Telephone:  011-55-71-3113-2090/2091/2092 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro: (21) 3823-2029

U.S. Consulate General Sao Paulo Rua Henri Dunant, 500 Chacara Santo Antonio 04709-110 - Sao Paulo, SP Brazil Telephone:  011-55-11-3250-5000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  011-55-11-3250-5373 Email:  [email protected]

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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Brazil for information on U.S.-Brazil relations.  

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens.

Effective midnight on April 10, 2024 , a visa will be required for U.S. citizens to travel to Brazil, regardless of the purpose of travel. For more information about visa requirements, visit the Brazilian government-authorized website, https://brazil.vfsevisa.com

You will need:

  • A valid U.S. passport.
  • A valid Brazilian visa or e-visa, beginning April 10, 2024 for tourists and currently for all other types of travel.
  • Visit the Brazilian government-authorized website to obtain your e-visa: https://brazil.vfsevisa.com

Find a  Brazilian consulate abroad .           

Brazilian law requires any minor who is a Brazilian citizen (even dual nationals who are both U.S. and Brazilian citizens) to have permission from each parent to travel within Brazil or exit the country. When a minor travels with both parents, no written authorization is needed. When the minor travels with only one parent or without either parent, s/he  must have two original written authorization letters from each absent parent  and carry a copy* of the child’s birth certificate or have an annotation in his/her Brazilian passport authorizing travel alone or with only one parent. Brazilian citizen minors without authorization letters and a birth certificate* or an annotated Brazilian passport likely will not be allowed by authorities to pass through immigration or to board a flight departing Brazil.     

The U.S. Embassy and its consulates cannot intervene in Brazilian immigration matters or request that this requirement be waived for U.S. citizen travelers.

Written Authorization Letter:  If the absent parent is in Brazil, written authorization letters must be in Portuguese and notarized by a Brazilian notary. If the absent parent is in the United States or elsewhere outside of Brazil, the authorization must be done at the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate using the form provided by that office. Again, please note that Brazilian law requires two original authorizations for each absent parent. This is important, because Federal Police may request and retain one authorization upon the minor’s entry into Brazil. Authorities may then request the second original document upon the minor’s departure.  Authorizations written in English or executed before a U.S. (or any non-Brazilian) notary public are not accepted by the Brazilian Federal Police.  Similarly, birth certificates issued outside of Brazil that are not  apostilled * and translated by a certified translator may not be accepted.

Brazilian Passport Annotation:  In lieu of carrying authorization letters, parents of dual U.S.-Brazilian citizen minors may instead request an annotation be placed in the minor’s Brazilian passport authorizing the minor to travel with only one parent, or to travel alone or with a third party. This annotation replaces the requirement for written authorization letters until the passport expires. Parents residing in Brazil should contact the Brazilian Federal Police for details on obtaining an annotated passport. Parents residing abroad should contact the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. The annotated Brazilian passport must not be expired and must be carried along with the minor’s U.S. passport at all times for Brazilian Federal Police to accept it in lieu of an authorization letter. There is no comparable annotation available in U.S. passports.

Children who are not dual citizens of Brazil: Please note that, while Brazilian law related to travel authorization does not explicitly apply to non-citizens of Brazil, Federal Police have, at times, delayed the travel of non-Brazilian minors who lack appropriate authorization from both parents. For this reason, we recommend that families of non-Brazilian minors who may travel through Brazil without one or both parents execute written authorizations (following the instructions in the preceding paragraph) in advance of travel and ensure that the minor, or the minor’s traveling companion, carries the original or notarized copy** of the minor’s birth certificate.

An exemplar of the form used by Brazilian authorities to document parental permission for minors to travel without one or both parents may be found  here .

*There is a useful pamphlet published by the Hague Conference called “ The ABCs of Apostilles .” The Brazilian competent authority that issues apostilles is the  Conselho Nacional de Justiça .

**If the birth certificate was issued in Brazil, copies must be notarized by a Brazilian notary. If issued outside of Brazil, copies must be apostilled and translated by a certified translator into Portuguese.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions:  The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Brazil.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Crime:  The violent crime rate is high in most Brazilian urban centers. Public transportation, hotel sectors, and tourist areas report high crime rates, but these incidents can happen anywhere and at any time.  Be aware of your surroundings.

  • Informal housing developments in Brazil (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or satellite cities), even on a guided tour, at any time of day due to crime. Neither the tour companies nor the police can guarantee your safety when entering these areas. Even in favelas that the police or local governments deem safe, the situation can change quickly and without notice. In addition, exercise caution in areas surrounding favelas, as occasionally, inter-gang fighting and confrontations with police move beyond the confines of these communities.
  • Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”) of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours due to crime.
  • Any areas within 150 km of Brazil’s land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to crime. (Note: This does not apply to the Foz do Iguacu National Park or Pantanal National Park.)
  • Consider avoiding the use of public, municipal buses in Brazil at any time of day, and especially at night. Crime trends indicate an elevated risk of robbery or assault on public bus systems throughout Brazil. The U.S. government recommends against personnel using public, municipal buses in all parts of Brazil.
  • Avoid going to bars or nightclubs alone and avoid leaving with strangers.
  • Before going on a date with someone you met on a dating app, tell a loved one who you are meeting, where you are going, and the details of the dating application account.
  • Be wary about inviting individuals to your residence. If inviting a new acquaintance to your residence, speak to your door attendant in advance about your invited guest.
  • Trust your instincts – if something does not feel right or if you suddenly feel ill, walk away from the situation.
  • If you believe you may have been drugged, seek immediate medical attention. Some people can have life-threatening reactions to these drugs. After that, report the crime to local police and contact us at the numbers listed below.
  • Traveling Outside Metropolitan Areas After Dark: Travelers are encouraged to organize their trips so that they can travel during daylight hours. Road conditions throughout Brazil can vary widely, and travelers must exercise caution due to debris in the road, horse-drawn carriages, unmarked speed bumps, and other infrastructure deficiencies.
  • Armed hold-ups of pedestrians and motorists can happen, including at or near public beaches. Personal belongings, left unattended even for a moment, are often taken. If you are robbed, hand over your personal belongings without resisting. Resisting will increase your risk of injury.
  • Carjackings and hold-ups can occur at any time of the day or night, especially at intersections and in tunnels. Some robberies involve individuals robbed at gunpoint and taken to make purchases or to withdraw as much money as possible from one or more ATMs.
  • Crime on public transportation occurs.  Registered taxis have red license plates and openly display company information and phone numbers.
  • Credit card fraud and ATM scams are common in Brazil. Work closely with your financial institutions to monitor accounts and keep your credit card in view while it is scanned at a point of sale.
  • Avoid using ATMs in unfamiliar, secluded, or lightly protected areas. Be aware that criminals often target ATMs and businesses in the early hours of the morning when there are fewer witnesses and law enforcement response times may be delayed. If you opt to use an ATM, select those that are located inside of secure facilities, such as an airport, hospital, bank, or government building. 
  • Avoid openly displaying your cell phone.  When using a ride share service or taxi, wait for its arrival in a secure area.
  • Avoid large groups or events where crowds have gathered. Public events of any nature, including concerts and sporting events, can unexpectedly turn violent.
  • Travel to any areas within 150 km of the international borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay, except in limited circumstances with the appropriate U.S. Department of State approvals. Individuals with ties to illegal criminal networks operate along Brazilian borders. Travel to the Foz do Iguaçu National Park and Pantanal National Park is permitted.
  • Enter any informal housing developments in Brazil (commonly referred to in Brazil as favelas, vilas, comunidades, and/or satellite cities), except in limited circumstances with the appropriate approvals.
  • Enter Brasilia’s administrative regions (commonly known as “satellite cities”) of Ceilandia, Santa Maria, Sao Sebastiao, and Paranoa during non-daylight hours.

To reduce the chance of becoming the victim of a crime, in addition to the above recommendations, please review the below precautions:

  • Limit the personal belongings you carry with you. Carry your money in your front pockets and limit the number of credit cards you carry. Make copies of all of your personal documents – including your credit cards, license, passport, etc. – and keep them in a safe place. This will be helpful if you lose your documents.
  • Do not carry or wear valuable items that will attract the attention of thieves. If you need to wear expensive jewelry or carry a camera, conceal it until you arrive at your destination.
  • Be aware of the street environment and avoid contact with those who may be looking for robbery targets. Seek a safer location. Go into a store, bank, or simply cross the street.
  • Do not walk on beaches after dark. Assaults are common.
  • Use increased caution when hiking in isolated areas, particularly near popular tourist locations in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Demonstrations  and strikes are common in urban areas, may occur unexpectedly, disrupt transportation, and may escalate into violence.

  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent. 
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
  • Check the website of the Embassy or Consulate nearest you for current information on demonstrations.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Victims of Crime: 

U.S. citizen victims of crime should contact the local authorities to file a Brazilian police report before departing Brazil. In most instances, you can report crimes to the tourist or civil police. U.S. citizens should also inform the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

  • Police number - 190
  • the U.S. Embassy at 011-55-61-3312-7000
  • the U.S. Consulate General in Porto Alegre at 011-55-51-3345-6000
  • the U.S. Consulate General in Recife at 011-55-81-3416-3050 or 011-55-81-3416-3080
  • the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro at 011-55-21-3823-2000
  • the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo at 011-55-11-3250-5000

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Replace a lost or stolen passport
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Provide information on  victims' compensation programs in the U.S .
  • Provide a list of local lawyers who speak English

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Brazil is divided among four services:

  • 190 - Policia (Police)
  • 191 - Policia Rodoviaria (on interstate roads)
  • 192 - Ambulancia (Ambulance)
  • 193 - Bombeiros (Fire Department)

Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault:  Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for assistance after contacting local authorities.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities are inconsistent. Hazardous areas/activities are normally identified with appropriate signage in major urban centers but may not be in other locations. Tourism industry staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate and timely medical treatment is consistently available only in or near major cities. First responders can face delays accessing areas outside of major cities to quickly provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.  

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Firearms: Brazil forbids importing, exporting, and possessing firearms without prior authorization of the Brazilian Government. U.S. citizens are subject to arrest and prosecution in Brazil for possession of unauthorized firearms or firearm components anywhere in the country, including airports. This prohibition extends to spent shell casings or ammunition, even if inside luggage during transit, regardless of whether those items were legally purchased in the United States or elsewhere.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods:  Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the  U.S. Department of Justice website  for more information.

Water Hazards:  Many of Brazil’s beaches have very dangerous riptides, even if the water looks safe. Ocean currents and waves are unpredictable, even in popular beaches frequented by tourists. Shark attacks are reported in the waters of some beaches in northeastern Brazil, particularly near Recife. Always observe posted warnings and never swim while under the influence of alcohol. Follow local authorities’ guidance and refrain from swimming alone in areas marked with red warning signs or at beaches where there are no municipal lifeguards or first responder services.

Electricity Blackouts:  Power failures in large urban centers are common and sometimes followed by increased crime. Most tourist hotels are equipped with generators, minimizing the impact of a blackout, but you should remain cautious.

Natural Disasters:  Flooding and mudslides occur throughout the country and can be fatal. Monitor news and weather reports and adhere to municipal advisories before traveling to areas prone to flooding or landslides. Many of Brazil’s larger cities have frequent heavy rainstorms that cause flash flooding and can disrupt traffic.

Customs Restrictions : Contact the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. or one of Brazil's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding import and export regulations. Please also refer to our  information on customs regulations .

  • Brazilian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporarily importing or exporting items such as firearms, antiquities, mineral samples, tropical plants, wildlife, medications, and business and communication equipment. 
  • In the Amazon region, there is special scrutiny of exporting biological material. People raising, growing, or exporting biological materials without permits can be charged with “biopiracy.”

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers:  Brazil does not have legal restrictions on same-sex marriage, relations, or events coordinated by LGBTI organizations. However, according to the 2019 Human Rights Report, violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals was a serious concern, with local NGOs reporting 297 LGBTI persons were victims of hate killings. See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Brazilian law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities in employment, education, and access to health care. However, accessibility to public transportation and the ability to accommodate the needs of physically disabled persons are limited in most areas. 

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

COVID-19 Testing: Brazil is a very large, diverse country with varying medical resources, both private and public, throughout the country. Many private labs perform COVID-19 testing at various prices, typically between $20 and $100.  PCR, serology-based antibody tests, and antigen tests are available.  Turn-around time varies widely depending upon location. Please verify turn-around time with your chosen lab before taking the test.  Express results within 2-4 hours are available in many locations at an increased fee, including in the Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo and Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. Testing is available in the private sector without a doctor’s prescription, but a prescription may be required for insurance payment.

In the public healthcare system, each Brazilian state has its own COVID-19 testing plan. We recommend that you  contact local/state authorities for more information.  Typically, a COVID-19 test is ordered by an emergency room physician and then sent to a public lab. Turnaround time is much slower and can take up to seven days, but tests are generally free.  Information on testing sites and procedures is available through the  official app of the Ministry of Health.

COVID-19 Vaccines: The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Brazil once they register with the public Unified Health System (SUS) . According to the Ministry of Health, available vaccines include AstraZeneca/Oxford (Fiocruz), CoronaVac (Butantan), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and Pfizer (BioNTech). For more information on local availability of COVID-19 vaccines, please see the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s website and also contact local health authorities .  

For emergency services in Brazil, dial 192.

Ambulance services are not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except in state capitals and other large cities. 

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance. 

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See  our webpage  for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the  Government of Brazil  to ensure the medication is legal in Brazil. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the yellow fever vaccine is not required to enter Brazil, travelers wishing to be vaccinated should consider receiving it prior to travel, as local supplies are limited. Please note that the yellow fever vaccine should be administered ten days prior to travel for it to be effective.

Also note that, while yellow fever vaccine is not required to enter Brazil, some neighboring countries (French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Bolivia, and Paraguay) do require travelers with recent entries in Brazil to show proof of yellow fever vaccination.

All travelers to the country are advised to carry documentation, such as a vaccination card, that they have been appropriately vaccinated for yellow fever.

The following diseases are prevalent in Brazil:  

  • Chikungunya
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Travelers' diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Schistosomiasis

In recent years, outbreaks of these diseases have also been detected in certain areas of Brazil:

  • Yellow fever

Elective Surgery : Although Brazil has many elective/cosmetic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies widely. If you plan to undergo surgery in Brazil, make sure that emergency medical facilities are available and professionals are accredited and qualified. Some “boutique” plastic surgery operations offer luxurious facilities but are not hospitals and are unable to handle emergencies. 

Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Brazil.

Non-traditional Medicine: Several U.S. citizens have died while seeking medical care from non-traditional “healers” and practitioners in Brazil. Ensure you have access to licensed emergency medical facilities if seeking such services.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

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Public Transportation:  Consider avoiding the use of public, municipal buses in Brazil at any time of day, and especially at night. Crime trends indicate an elevated risk of robbery or assault on public bus systems throughout Brazil. The U.S. government recommends against personnel using public, municipal buses in all parts of Brazil.

Public buses are one of the main modes of inter-city road travel. Buses can range (depending on route and price) from luxurious and well-maintained to basic and mechanically unsound. Bus hijacking can occur at random.

Road Conditions and Safety:  Driving on Brazil's roads poses significant risks. Poor driving skills, bad roads, and high-density traffic make road travel more hazardous than in the United States. Road maintenance is inadequate in many areas and some long-distance roads through the Amazon forest are impassable much of the year due to flooding. 

Apart from toll roads, which generally have their own services, roadside assistance is available only sporadically and informally through local mechanics. The fastest way to summon assistance in an emergency anywhere in the country is to dial 193, a universal number staffed by local fire departments. This service is in Portuguese only.

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Restrictions

Temporary flights to Brazil that originate in or pass through the following countries are prohibited: Republic of South Africa; Republic of Botswana; Kingdom of Essuatini; Kingdom of Lesotho; Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe.

It is also temporarily suspended the authorization for foreign travelers to travel to Brazil, traveling or traveling in these countries in the last 14 days before embarking.

Entrance of Brazilians

The rules, according to Anvisa, do not restrict the entry of Brazilians, of any nature or origin. "Brazilians are not restricted from accessing the country", reinforced the agency, in a statement.

At the moment, Brazilians who have been to one of the six countries listed must complete a 14-day quarantine in their final destination city in Brazil.

It is also necessary to complete the Traveler's Health Declaration within 24 hours prior to departure to Brazil.

Travelers must also present a non-detectable (negative) RT-PCR test, performed within the last 72 hours before boarding, or a negative antigen-type test, performed within 24 hours before boarding.

Children under 12 years of age traveling with an escort do not need to present the exam, as long as all accompanying persons present documents with a negative or non-detectable result.

According to Anvisa, foreigners who have not passed through the six countries on the restriction list can enter Brazil as long as they meet the same determinations valid for Brazilian travelers.

The entry of foreign nationals traveling or with a ticket is suspended, in the last 14 days before boarding, in any of the six countries listed, with the exception of foreigners who meet one of the following criteria: foreigners with permanent residence, for a fixed or indefinite period, in Brazilian territory; foreign professional on a mission at the service of an international organization, as long as identified; foreign official accredited to the Brazilian government; foreigner who is a spouse, partner, child, parent or guardian of a Brazilian; whose entry is specifically authorized by the Brazilian government in view of the public interest or for humanitarian reasons; and holder of the National Migration Registry.

flight arrivals

Flights to Brazil that originate or pass through the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Essuatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe are prohibited.

The restriction does not apply to the operation of cargo flights, handled by workers dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), whose crew must observe the sanitary protocols specified in the Civil House ordinance.

Cruise ship travel, according to Anvisa, remains authorized, and compliance with the protocol established by Anvisa is mandatory.

Only ships that sail exclusively in Brazilian waters during the cruise season are authorized.

cargo ships

The operation of cargo ships is also authorized. Vessels, according to the agency, must follow strict protocols, which provide for examinations for the embarkation and disembarkation of crew members and quarantine in the event of a suspected or confirmed case on board.

land access

Anvisa highlights that the entry into the country of foreigners of any nationality by highways or any other land means remains prohibited.

Exceptions provided for in the ordinance include, for example, freight transport and transit between twin cities (municipalities that are crossed by the border, drought or river).

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Covid: Brazil to demand proof of vaccination from foreign visitors

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A Supreme Court judge in Brazil has ruled that foreign visitors will need to provide a Covid-19 vaccination certificate to enter the country.

The ruling invalidates regulations issued previously by the national health agency demanding only a negative PCR test for foreign arrivals.

The judge said it would be impossible to check all visitors and prevent the spread of the new Omicron variant.

Lenient measures had made the country popular among non-vaccinated tourists.

The ruling is seen as another defeat for President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly undermined efforts to control the spread of the virus in one of the world's hardest-hit countries by the pandemic.

The president, who says he has not been vaccinated, had denied requests of the health agency Anvisa to demand vaccination proof from visitors.

Judge Luís Roberto Barroso said exceptions would be made for those coming from countries that had been unable to vaccinate most of their populations. They will need to quarantine on arrival for five days.

It is not yet clear when the new requirements will be introduced.

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The announcement comes ahead of the country's busy summer season, with cities hosting popular New Year's Eve parties and Carnival parades.

But several celebrations have already been cancelled because of the Omicron variant. In Rio de Janeiro, the famous fireworks display at Copacabana beach on 31 December has been called off for the second year in a row.

Since the start of the pandemic, Brazil has reported 22 million Covid-19 infections and 616,000 deaths. About 65% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

The country has confirmed four cases of the new Omicron variant.

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The decision issued by a Supreme Court judge on Saturday invalidates regulations previously announced by the National Health Agency that required only a negative PCR test for visitors.

Brazil will require international arrivals to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and for unvaccinated travellers to quarantine for five days.

The fresh ruling goes against the wishes of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is still unvaccinated.

Bolsonaro had previously prevented the health agency from demanding proof of vaccination from visitors ahead of the world-famous Rio carnival.

Last week, the Brazilian president likened the vaccine requirement to "a dog collar" and questioned why it should be imposed on the Brazilian people.

The latest ruling is seen as another defeat for Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly undermined efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, despite Brazil being one of the world's hardest-hit countries.

However, it is unclear how effectively Brazil can or will track those required to quarantine.

Travellers coming to Brazil will still need to submit a negative PCR test result before boarding in their country of origin and submit a declaration to the country’s health regulator.

Unvaccinated travellers will have to take a new virus test after the five-day quarantine period and must check in with a health agency centre that will have their addresses.

Meanwhile, city officials in Rio announced last Thursday they will go ahead with New Year's celebrations, despite fears the celebrations could become a super-spreader event as tens of thousands of people gather around the city to watch the fireworks.

Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, reminded people that "it is mandatory to present vaccination passports in bars, restaurants, and hotels", a measure strongly criticized by Bolsonaro.

Health officials and municipal authorities feel confident that limiting transportation to areas like Copacabana Beach can limit crowd size and avoid mass COVID-19 contagion.

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Brazil makes changes to its entry rules adding quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals

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International passengers arriving into Brazil by plane who are not vaccinated will have to quarantine for five days in the city they're visiting, in line with new rules published on Thursday.

In addition to the current requirement that travelers present a negative COVID-19 test before departing for Brazil, from Saturday unvaccinated passengers will now have to quarantine for five days at the address registered in their traveler declaration form , the government announced . Once the five days are up, travelers must submit a second negative test and check-in with local health authorities before they're permitted to leave quarantine.

Brazil has been an outlier in South America and indeed much of the world with its relaxed border policies, particularly concerning unvaccinated arrivals. Antonio Barra Torres, Brazil's top health official, told the Associated Press that the new quarantine policy will "mean discouragement of anti-vaccine tourism to Brazil." However, the rules are still pretty vague; it has not yet been made clear how quarantine will be tracked by health officials or even implemented.

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Earlier this month, Brazil placed a travel ban on arrivals from six southern African countries after it recorded Latin America's first case of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 from a passenger returning from the region. Most non-resident foreign nationals remain banned from entering Brazil through its land and sea borders.

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What other COVID-19 measures are in place in Brazil?

A number of domestic restrictions remain in place throughout Brazil coronavirus cases continue to mount. In Rio de Janeiro , for example, individuals must prove they are vaccinated to enter tourist attractions and restaurants, nightclubs and bars, or to board public transport and take taxis. Face masks are mandatory indoors. In São Paulo and Brasília , proof of vaccination is required to attend certain events but is not generally required to visit establishments.

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Brazil is one of the world's top destinations for New Year's Eve celebrations , but official parties have been cancelled in São Paulo and Salvador this year, while last week's decision to cancel Rio de Janerio's famed New Year's Eve party has been reversed. Mayor Eduardo Paes announced on Thursday that the fireworks display will go ahead on Copacabana beach , though the annual concert remains cancelled in the scaled-back event.

"Rio de Janeiro has low (COVID-19) infection rates, low numbers of hospitalisations, and thanks to God and the vaccine, a very low number of deaths. That enables us to hold this event in complete safety," he said via AFP .

A decision has yet to be made about the the city's annual Carnaval celebrations in March, which usually attracts one million visitors.

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Brazil health regulator says time to ease COVID travel restrictions

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian health regulator Anvisa recommended on Monday that COVID-19 travel restrictions be eased due to a drop in cases and deaths, requiring only full vaccination and doing away with quarantine for unvaccinated travelers.

People entering the country who have not been vaccinated will still need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, but quarantining will be eliminated immediately.

Travelers' health declarations used for tracing COVID cases will no longer be required, with immediate effect, while testing for vaccinated travelers will be suspended from May 1, Anvisa said.

Its recommendation must still be approved by the Health, Justice and Public Security, and Transport ministries.

Cruisers and cargo ships will still be subject to quarantine if COVID-19 cases are detected aboard and must remain in isolation when docked, with only health authorities allowed to board them, Anvisa said.

Brazil reported 9,923 new cases of coronavirus and 77 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said. The pandemic peaked a year ago when more than 3,000 people were dying each day on average in the South American country.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; editing by Richard Pullin)

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Brazil’s health regulator has recommended curbs on travel from some African countries after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant , but President Jair Bolsonaro appeared to dismiss such measures.

Regulator Anvisa said on Friday its recommendation, which would need government approval to be implemented, was to immediately suspend flights from South Africa , Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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The UK and EU are already tightening border controls as researchers look into whether the new coronavirus mutation is vaccine-resistant.

Bolsonaro has been widely criticised for his management of the pandemic.

He has railed against lockdowns, often refused to wear a mask in public and chose not to get vaccinated, while a Senate commission recently recommended the far-right president be indicted for his government’s handling of the crisis.

Brazil has the world’s second-highest death toll from the virus, behind only the United States, at more than 613,000 fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“Given the epidemiological impact that the new variant could have on the global situation, we recommend, as a preventive measure, the immediate suspension of all flights from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe,” Anvisa said in a statement.

The new variant , called B.1.1.529, has a spike protein that is dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that vaccines are based on, the UK Health Security Agency said, raising fears about how current vaccines will fare.

Brazil’s regulatory agency also recommended “the temporary suspension of the authorization to stay in Brazil for foreign travelers who have passed through these countries in the last 14 days” because “the new variant appears to have a higher transmissibility”.

Before Friday’s Anvisa statement, Bolsonaro said it made little sense to close the borders.

“What madness is this?” Bolsonaro told supporters when asked if travel would be restricted. “The virus doesn’t come in if you close the airport. It is already here.”

The president’s comments come as devastation from the pandemic has receded in recent months.

More than 60 percent of Brazil’s 213 million people are now fully vaccinated, and the average daily coronavirus death toll has fallen from more than 3,000 in April to around 200.

In Geneva, the World Health Organization warned on Friday against travel curbs in light of the new variant for now.

Carnival hopes

With some semblance of normality returning to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, prior to the discovery of the new variant , samba schools in the city had been kicking into gear for iconic carnival celebrations which are set to begin in February after being cancelled last year.

The schools want 2022’s comeback carnival to be the biggest since 1919, the year Rio residents joyfully re-embraced life after the devastation of another pandemic, the Spanish flu.

That carnival has gone down in history as one of the all-time legendary parties.

At “Samba City”, the huge port-district yard where each school has a hangar to prepare, carpenters, welders and costume designers are working full-steam.

The reigning champions of Rio’s carnival parade competition, the Viradouro samba school, even chose the 1919 carnival as the theme of their comeback parade.

At a recent rehearsal, school members hugged joyfully on the dance floor and belted out the music, mostly without face masks.

As the school’s “drum-corps queen” shimmied in a gold-fringed miniskirt, the veteran head of the drummers, Moacyr da Silva Pinto, led some 50 percussionists through a booming rehearsal, a loud whistle around his neck.

“We’re going to have the greatest carnival since 1919,” said Pinto, a spry 65-year-old. “In Rio de Janeiro, samba is enmeshed in our lives, just like football and the beach.”

Attendance at the rehearsal, however, was restricted because of COVID-19.

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Brazil is exuberance. Nature is green and lush at every turn, from the ridges and boulder mountains of Rio to the coconut coves of Bahia and the vast rainforest and river-sea of the Amazon . Cities resonate with rhythm: the jiggery two-step of forro in Fortaleza, the heartbeat throb of carnival drums outside the glittering baroque cathedrals of Salvador , the swing of samba and lullabye lilt of bossa nova. Africa, Portugal and Indigenous America swirl together in its people, who are among the world’s warmest and most engaging. And Brazil is resolutely Brazilian, even in this homogenous internet world. The country’s vibrant immediacy is so infectious, visitors can’t help but fall under its life-affirming spell.

Current travel restrictions and entry requirements

Visitors aged 12 and over must present proof of Covid vaccination status. If you are not vaccinated, you can enter Brazil by air or land by presenting one of the following documents:

  • proof of a negative PCR test or a negative antigen test, taken no more than 24 hours before boarding or entering by land;
  • proof of having recovered from Covid-19 in the last 90 days and two negative Covid-19 tests on entry to Brazil

On 23 November 2022, the Brazilian government reinstated the requirement to use face masks inside airports and on flights as a safety precaution to limit the spread of Covid-19. You should check the website of the airport you are flying into or transiting through to see how this could affect you.

Mask-wearing rules vary from state to state. In general, they are not required in public spaces or on internal flights, but are often mandatory on trains and buses.

Check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website for the most up-to-date information.

Best time to go

Brazil is continental, and climate and seasons vary across the country. Rio and the southeast are hot November-April, warm May-October and wettest December-March. Bahia and the northeast is warm the whole year round and hot December-February. The Amazon is good all year round but wettest January-June when the water levels are high and it’s possible to explore the flooded forests. The best time for wildlife-watching in the Pantanal is the dry May-October period.

The liveliest festivals are Carnival (Feb/Mar throughout Brazil) and the Festas Juninas (June – in the northeast and Amazon). Both are spectacular dancing-in-the-street pageants, but book rooms and Sambadrome tickets (for Rio) well ahead. Avoid the mid-December to mid-January domestic high season. It can be hard to find rooms.

Top regions and cities

Rio de janeiro.

The Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil’s unmissable city is also an unmissable state. Visit the city for Christ in the rainforest on Corcovado Mountain, the creamy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the samba clubs in Lapa. Then head south along the Emerald Coast where the jungle-covered ridges of the Serra do Mar mountains drop into a bottle-green, beach-fringed ocean speckled with gorgeous road-free islands. The prettiest is monkey- and toucan-teeming Ilha Grande, cut by jungle trails that run to long, deserted honey-coloured strands and peaks with spectacular views over the jungle-carpeted broken coastline. And don’t miss Paraty, whose cobbles, whitewash cottages, beaches and bell towers provide a backdrop for the FLIP Literary Festival, South America’s Hay-on-Wye.

Read more: The ultimate guide to Rio de Janeiro

The great river Amazon flows through nine different countries, but only in Brazil is it as broad as the eye can see, hovered-over by giant thunderclouds and rainbows, and dotted with more islands than the entire Caribbean. River turtles by the hundreds of thousand nest here, manatees graze water hyacinth meadows and bubble-gum pink dolphins chase piranhas through mazes of submerged roots. These are riverscapes like no other on Earth, watched over by a forest which is half as large as the United States. And for those concerned with conservation, there has never been a more important time to visit. With Brazil’s environmental agencies starved of federal funds, it is local companies practicing genuine conservational tourism that offer a way to use purchasing power to make a difference, just as ecotourism has in Costa Rica. Book tours with Araca Expeditions and Rumo Norte .

Read more: Brazil’s Rio Negro: Exploring the largest swathe of protected rainforest in South America

South America ’s largest wetland savannah is where to go for wildlife. In the May-October dry season, you’ll see metre-long blue macaws nesting in the trees, ostrich-like rheas striding elegantly through the grasslands, and lakes wriggling with caiman crocodiles. Stay at the sleek, safari-chic Caiman Refuge ; thanks to their pioneering Onçafari conservation programme , nowhere on Earth offers a better chance of seeing jaguars and ocelots in the wild.

The Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

“Poor Niagara” said Eleanor Roosevelt on visiting South America’s greatest waterfall. It’s more than three times as wide as its North American rival and set in a protected jungle over 10 times larger than Manhattan. And if you stay at the Hotel das Cataratas Belmond , the only hotel in the national park right next to the falls, you can have those views to yourself at sunset, sunrise and, if you time it right, under a full moon.

Best under-the-radar destinations

The 16th-century St John the Baptist church in Trancoso, Brazil

Crowd-free Caribbean-white sand outside your chic-shack beach boutique? You’ll find it in laid-back but luxe Trancoso village, where forest flitting with hummingbirds and kitten-sized marmoset monkeys fringes an Atlantic wild enough for humpback whales and nesting green turtles.

The Desert Coast

Brazil has its Outback too: the Sertão. Located in the northeastern states of Ceará and Maranhão, it runs through copper-coloured canyons and lake-pocked ergs of shifting sand right to the Atlantic. Stay in Atins, a hamlet squeezed between the dune-desert of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park and a seemingly endless talc-soft beach.

This waterfall-dripping tabletop mountain and wildlife refuge may be off the radar but it’s just a few hours drive from Rio. Come to see maned wolf and South America’s largest monkey, the muriqui. Critically endangered, it has been brought back from the brink thanks to the work of the Ibiti Comuna , a huge private reserve with boutique hotel, offering comfortable rooms in a gorgeous old ranch house.

Recife-Olinda Carnival

Carnival lies at the heart of Brazilian culture

When it comes to South America’s biggest party, Rio hogs the limelight, but Carnival is a nationwide event, and nowhere is it brighter or truer to its African roots than in these twin cities on the northeast’s sunniest stretch of coast. You’ll see Rio’s glitz and glitter parades from the stands in a purpose-built stadium, but in Recife-Olinda they’re in the streets and everyone can join in. And the music is some of Brazil’s best – from the pounding maracatu drum orchestras that parade through Recife’s old Dutch centre, to the acrobatic frevo dancers skipping over the cobbles in church-filled Olinda.

Best things to do

See the wildlife.

Jaguars are the largest cat species in the Americas

Just like Africa , South America has its Big Five animals: the jaguar , anteater, giant otter, tapir and maned wolf. And they are even more elusive. Nowhere offers a better chance of seeing them than Brazil’s ‘big three’ safari reserves. Trijunção in the perfumed dry forests of the Cerrado is a refuge for dusty red maned wolves; the Caiman refuge in the Pantanal has jaguars, tapirs and giant anteaters; and Cristalino Lodge in the southern Amazon is one of the best places on the continent to see giant otters and myriad species of threatened and endangered monkeys and birds. Ultimate Travel offer all three locations on their Wild Brazil package .

Drive the dune coast

Little fishing hamlets with sultry beachside boutique hotels set on seemingly endless empty beaches, rolling lake-pocked dunes, river deltas scattered pink with scarlet ibis: Brazil’s far northeast is a treasure. The best way to see it is on one of Journey Latin America’s overland trips , between the surfer-chic beach village of Jericoacoara and the Unesco-listed Portuguese colonial city of São Luis.

Getting around

Brazil is bigger than Australia and there are no intercity train services, so to get the most out of a visit, you will need to fly. The country has an extensive domestic network. For the greenest flights, use local carrier Azul, whose new Embraer E2 jets are the cleanest small jets in the world, cutting emissions by over 30 per cent from previous generation aircraft. Intercity buses are frequent, cheap and comfortable.

How to get there

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

Flying with TAP via Lisbon will cut down your air miles and carbon footprint. While other carriers fly into either Rio or São Paulo in the Southeast (BA go direct to both from Heathrow), TAP has flights to many other Brazilian cities, meaning you can fly into the northern beaches and back home out of the southeast without having to double-back and burn more fuel.

Money-saving tip

Rooms are hard to find and more than double their normal price over the Carnival (Feb or March), and Christmas and New Year periods. Room prices drop in Brazil’s low season (April-late June).

What’s the weather like?

All of Brazil lies in the tropics, so weather is by and large Caribbean-warm. But there are some regional and seasonal variations. The south and southeast is cooler May-September (with temperatures sometimes reaching single figures above 800 metres). The south and southeast are wettest December to March and the northeast April-June.

What time zone is it in?

Most of Brazil is GMT-3. The Central Amazon is GMT-4 and the state of Acre in the extreme west is GMT-5.

What currency do I need?

Brazil uses the Real (£1=R$6.4)

What language is spoken?

Portuguese is the primary language in Brazil. Spanish and English are understood only in tourist hotels.

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SAMU (Mobile Emergency Assistance Service): 192

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Drink veel water. Brazilië is een tropisch land, dus we raden je aan om altijd gehydrateerd te blijven.

Draag comfortabele kleding. Bescherm je huid tegen de zon door een hoed, pet, zonnebril en zonnebrandcrème te dragen. Vermijd blootstelling aan de zon tussen 10.00 en 16.00 uur.

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Internationale toeristen kunnen Brazilië binnenkomen zonder bewijs van een Covid-test of bewijs van vaccinatie.

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Je kunt deze gratis nummers bellen met elke telefoon. De meeste zijn 24 uur per dag, 7 dagen per week beschikbaar.

190: Militaire Politie 192: Medische noodhulp (SAMU) 193: Brandweer 191: Federale snelwegpolitie

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Het klimaat is overwegend tropisch, met enkele schommelingen rond 28°C in het noorden en rond 20°C in het zuiden.

Valuta en omrekening

De munteenheid in Brazilië is de REAL (R$). Het kan worden ingewisseld bij banken, wisselkantoren, reisbureaus en erkende hotels. De officiële wisselkoers wordt dagelijks gepubliceerd in kranten en op gespecialiseerde websites. Internationale creditcards worden geaccepteerd door de meeste bedrijven die diensten verstrekken  aan toeristen. Ga voor meer informatie over wisselkoersen naar de website van de Centrale Bank.

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Om rechtstreeks internationaal te bellen, kies je 00 + operatorcode* + landcode + netnummer + telefoonnummer. Voor directe of collect calls vanuit het buitenland, met de hulp van tweetalige operators, bel je 0800 703 2111. *Vraag bij de receptie van je hotel welke operatorcodes geactiveerd zijn voor internationale gesprekken.

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De elektrische spanning in Brazilië varieert tussen 110V en 220V, afhankelijk van je locatie. De meeste Braziliaanse hotels leveren beide voltages, terwijl draagbare transformatoren in veel gespecialiseerde winkels te vinden zijn.

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Puede llamar a estos números gratuitos desde cualquier teléfono. La mayoría están disponibles 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana. 190: Policía militar 192: Asistencia Médica de Urgencia (SAMU) 193: Cuerpo de bomberos 191: Policía Federal de Carreteras

Brasil es un país que invierte cada vez más en seguridad pública y refuerza la seguridad en los destinos turísticos. Los turistas que deseen visitar el país pueden viajar tranquilos. En caso de incidentes, el país cuenta con comisarías por todo el territorio. En la mayoría de las capitales también tenemos comisarías especializadas en servicios turísticos. Si estás en una ciudad que no tiene Centro de Apoyo al Turista, puedes presentar una denuncia en cualquier comisaría de policía. Es más cuidado y seguridad para usted, el turista que visita Brasil. Para más información sobre las Oficinas de Apoyo al Turista, visite https://www.visitbrasil.com/ .

Los turistas internacionales pueden entrar en Brasil sin prueba de Covid ni de vacunación.

Para entrar en Brasil, no es obligatorio vacunarse contra ningún tipo específico de enfermedad. Sin embargo, en algunas regiones del país, existe una Recomendación de Vacunación (ACRV) previa a la visita. Por ejemplo, en regiones donde se han documentado casos de fiebre amarilla. Consulte más información antes de viajar, teniendo en cuenta la región a la que viaja.

Los servicios sanitarios públicos en Brasil son gratuitos para los turistas extranjeros. Así que si tiene un accidente, necesita atención médica o tiene algún problema de salud, sólo tiene que llamar al Servicio de Atención Móvil de Urgencias (SAMU) al número gratuito que aparece más abajo. SAMU (Servicio de Atención Móvil de Urgencias): 192 Consejos de salud Bebe mucha agua. Brasil es un país tropical, por lo que le recomendamos que se mantenga hidratado en todo momento. Lleva ropa cómoda. Proteja su piel del sol con sombrero, gorra, gafas de sol y crema solar. Evite exponerse al sol entre las 10.00 y las 16.00 horas.

Clima y temperatura

El clima es predominantemente tropical, con algunas variaciones en torno a los 28°C en el norte y los 20°C en el sur.

Divisas y cambio

La moneda de Brasil es el REAL (R$). Puede canjearse en bancos, oficinas de cambio, agencias de viajes y hoteles autorizados. El tipo de cambio oficial se publica diariamente en periódicos y sitios web especializados. La mayoría de las empresas que prestan servicios a los turistas aceptan tarjetas de crédito internacionales. Para más información sobre los tipos de cambio, visite el sitio web del Banco Central.

Comunicación

Para hacer una llamada internacional directa, marque 00 + código de operador* + código del país + código de área + número de teléfono. Para llamadas directas o a cobro revertido desde el extranjero, con la ayuda de operadores bilingües, marque el 0800 703 2111. *Consulte con la recepción del hotel los códigos de operador habilitados para llamadas internacionales.

Tensión eléctrica

El voltaje eléctrico en Brasil varía entre 110V y 220V, dependiendo de su ubicación. La mayoría de los hoteles brasileños suministran ambos voltajes, mientras que los transformadores portátiles pueden encontrarse en muchas tiendas especializadas.

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¿Ha pensado alguna vez en trabajar con la brisa en los impresionantes paisajes de Río de Janeiro? No es de extrañar que Brasil sea un destino excelente para vacaciones y viajes. Sin embargo, lo que los visitantes quizá no sepan es que pueden residir en el país y trabajar a distancia. El nomadismo digital, un estilo de vida que permite trabajar a distancia mientras se viaja, está ganando cada vez más popularidad, y Brasil ofrece un entorno ideal para esta comunidad global de viajeros. Para ello, deben cumplir los siguientes requisitos: Trabajar para una empresa extranjera. Poder trabajar a distancia. Acreditar unos ingresos mensuales de 1.500 USD o más, o demostrar que se dispone de fondos bancarios por valor de 18.000 USD o más. Los visados para nómadas digitales tienen una validez de un año, pero son renovables por periodos iguales. Los visitantes pueden presentar su solicitud tanto si se encuentran en Brasil como si no. Más información y otros requisitos.

El visado es el documento concedido por las Representaciones Consulares de Brasil en el extranjero que permite a los extranjeros entrar y permanecer en el territorio nacional. Los ciudadanos de los países miembros del Mercosur no necesitan visado para entrar y permanecer en Brasil, sólo tienen que presentar su pasaporte o un documento de identidad válido. Los visados de visita pueden concederse para viajar por turismo, negocios, tránsito, actividades artísticas o deportivas, y la estancia no debe superar los noventa días. ¿Necesita visado? Para saber si necesita visado para viajar a Brasil, consulte el Portal Consular. Brasil adopta una política de visados basada en el principio de reciprocidad. Esto significa que casi todos los países que exigen visados a los ciudadanos brasileños para entrar en sus territorios también necesitarán visados para viajar a Brasil. De acuerdo con la legislación migratoria vigente en Brasil (Ley 13.445/2017), las exenciones de visado solo pueden ser concedidas por las autoridades brasileñas, de forma recíproca, mediante un entendimiento bilateral al respecto. Brasil tiene acuerdos bilaterales de exención de visados con unos 90 países. ¿Dónde solicitar visados? Itamaraty es el órgano del gobierno brasileño responsable de la concesión de visados, que se realiza a través de las Embajadas, Consulados Generales, Consulados y Viceconsulados de Brasil en el extranjero. Los ciudadanos de otros países que deseen obtener un visado para viajar a Brasil deben contactar con las Representaciones Consulares de Brasil en el extranjero para obtener más información sobre la solicitud.

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Turistas internacionais podem entrar no Brasil sem comprovativo de teste de Covid ou comprovativo de vacinação.

Para entrar no Brasil, não é obrigatório estar vacinado contra nenhum tipo específico de doença. No entanto, em algumas regiões do país, há uma Recomendação de Vacinação (ACRV) antes da visita. Por exemplo, em regiões onde foram documentados casos de febre amarela. Consulte mais informações antes de viajar, tem em conta a região para onde vai.

Os serviços públicos de saúde no Brasil são gratuitos para turistas estrangeiros. Portanto, se tiver um acidente, precisar de assistência médica ou tiver algum problema de saúde, basta ligar para o Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgência (SAMU) para o número gratuito abaixo.

SAMU (Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgência): 192

Dicas de saúde

Beba muita água. O Brasil é um país tropical, por isso recomendamos que se mantenha hidratado em todos os momentos.

Use roupas confortáveis. Proteja a sua pele do sol usando chapéu, óculos de sol e protetor solar. Evite apanhar sol entre as 10h e as 16h.

Clima e temperatura

O clima é predominantemente tropical, com algumas variações em torno de 28°C no Norte e cerca de 20°C no Sul.

Moeda e câmbio

A moeda no Brasil é o REAL (R$). Pode ser trocado em bancos, casas de câmbio, agências de viagens e hotéis autorizados. A taxa de câmbio oficial é publicada diariamente em jornais e sites especializados. Cartões de crédito internacionais são aceites na maioria das empresas que prestam serviços a turistas.

Para mais informações sobre as taxas de câmbio, visite o site do Banco Central.

Comunicação

Para fazer uma chamada internacional direta, marque 00 + código do operador* + código do país + código de área + número de telefone. Para chamadas diretas ou a cobrar do exterior, com a ajuda de operadoras bilíngues, marque 0800 703 2111.

*Verifique com a receção do hotel os códigos de operadora habilitados para chamadas internacionais.

Tensão elétrica

A tensão elétrica no Brasil varia entre 110V e 220V, dependendo da localização. A maioria dos hotéis brasileiros fornece ambas as tensões, enquanto transformadores portáteis podem ser encontrados em várias lojas especializadas.

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  • Ser empregado de uma empresa estrangeira.
  • Ser capaz de realizar o trabalho remotamente.
  • Comprovar o rendimento mensal de US$ 1.500 ou mais, ou fornecer comprovativo de fundos bancários no valor de US$ 18.000 ou mais.

O português do Brasil é a língua oficial.

Les touristes internationaux peuvent entrer au Brésil sans avoir à fournir la preuve d’un test Covid ou d’une vaccination.

Vaccinations

Pour entrer au Brésil, aucune vaccination n’est requise. Toutefois, dans certaines régions du pays, il existe une recommandation de vaccination (ACRV) avant la visite. Par exemple, dans les régions où des cas de fièvre jaune ont été documentés. Consultez plus d’informations avant de voyager, en tenant compte de la région dans laquelle vous vous rendez.

Nomadisme numérique

  • Être employé par une entreprise étrangère.
  • La possibilité de travailler à distance.
  • Fournir la preuve d’un revenu mensuel de 1.500 USD ou plus, ou fournir la preuve de fonds bancaires d’un montant de 18.000 USD ou plus.

Brasilien ist ein Land, das zunehmend in die öffentliche Sicherheit investiert und die Sicherheit an Touristenzielen verstärkt. Touristen, die das Land besuchen möchten, können beruhigt reisen.

Für den Fall eines Zwischenfalls verfügt das Land über Polizeistationen im ganzen Land. In den meisten Hauptstädten gibt es auch spezielle Polizeistationen, die Touristen unterstützen. Wenn Sie sich in einer Stadt befinden, in der es keine Polizeistation für Touristenunterstützung gibt, können Sie den Vorfall bei jeder Polizeistation melden. Das bringt mehr Sorgfalt und Sicherheit für Sie als Tourist, der Brasilien besucht. Weitere Informationen zu Polizeistationen zur Unterstützung von Touristen finden Sie unter https://www.visitbrasil.com/

Internationale Touristen können ohne Nachweis eines Covid-Tests oder einer Impfung nach Brasilien einreisen.

Für die Einreise nach Brasilien ist eine Impfung gegen eine bestimmte Krankheit nicht zwingend erforderlich. Allerdings gibt es in einigen Regionen des Landes vor dem Besuch eine Impfempfehlung (ACRV). Beispielsweise in Regionen, in denen Fälle von Gelbfieber dokumentiert wurden. Konsultieren Sie vor Reiseantritt weitere Informationen und berücksichtigen Sie dabei die Region, in die Sie reisen.

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Brazil is a country that is increasingly investing in public safety and is strengthening security in tourist destinations. Tourists wishing to visit the country can travel with peace of mind.

In the event of an incident, there are police stations throughout the country. In most capital cities, there are also specialised tourist police stations. If you’re in a city that doesn’t have a Tourist Support Centre, you can file a complaint at any police station. It’s more protection and safety for you, the tourist visiting Brazil. For more information on Tourist Support Centres, visit https://www.visitbrasil.com/ .

International tourists can enter Brazil without proof of a Covid test or proof of vaccination.

No vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. However, in some regions of the country, vaccination is recommended before visiting. For example, in regions where cases of yellow fever have been documented. Check for more information before travelling, taking into account the region you are going to.

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  • Be employed by a foreign company.
  • Be able to work remotely.
  • Provide evidence of a monthly income of US$1,500 or more or evidence of bank funds of US$18,000 or more.

Emergency numbers

You can call these toll-free numbers from any phone. Most of them are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

190: Military Police

192: Emergency Medical Assistance (SAMU)

193: Fire Brigade

191: Federal Highway Police

Public health services in Brazil are free for foreign tourists. So, if you have an accident, need medical attention or have a health problem, just call the Mobile Emergency Assistance Service (SAMU) on the free number below.

Health tips

Drink plenty of water. Brazil is a tropical country, so we recommend that you stay hydrated at all times.

Wear comfortable clothes. Protect your skin from the sun by wearing a hat, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen. Avoid being in the sun between 10am and 4pm.

Climate and temperature

The climate is predominantly tropical, with some variations around 28°C in the north and around 20°C in the south.

Currency and exchange

The currency in Brazil is the REAL (R$). It can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change, travel agencies and authorised hotels. The official exchange rate is published daily in newspapers and on specialised websites. International credit cards are accepted by most companies providing services to tourists.

For more information on exchange rates, visit the website of the Central Bank.

Communication

To make a direct international call, dial 00 + operator code* + country code + area code + phone number. For direct or collect calls from abroad, with the help of bilingual operators, dial 0800 703 2111.

*Check with your hotel reception for the operator codes activated for international calls.

Electrical voltage

The electrical voltage in Brazil varies between 110V and 220V, depending on your location. Most Brazilian hotels supply both voltages, while portable transformers can be found in many specialised shops.

The official language is Brazilian Portuguese.

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Elektrische Spannung

Die elektrische Spannung in Brasilien variiert je nach Standort zwischen 110 V und 220 V. Die meisten brasilianischen Hotels liefern beide Spannungen, während in mehreren Fachgeschäften tragbare Transformatoren erhältlich sind.

Kommunikation

Um ein direktes Auslandsgespräch zu führen, wählen Sie 00 + Vorwahl* + Landesvorwahl + Ortsvorwahl + Rufnummer. Für Direkt- oder R-Gespräche aus dem Ausland wählen Sie mit Hilfe zweisprachiger Telefonisten 0800 703 2111.

*Erkundigen Sie sich bei der Hotelrezeption nach den für Auslandsgespräche zugelassenen Vorwahlen.

Währung und Wechselkurs

Die Währung in Brasilien ist der REAL (R$). Es kann bei Banken, Wechselstuben, Reisebüros und autorisierten Hotels umgetauscht werden. Der offizielle Wechselkurs wird täglich in Fachzeitungen und auf Websites veröffentlicht. Internationale Kreditkarten werden von den meisten Unternehmen akzeptiert, die Dienstleistungen für Touristen anbieten.

Weitere Informationen zu Wechselkursen finden Sie auf der Website der Zentralbank.

Klima und Temperatur

Das Klima ist überwiegend tropisch, mit einigen Schwankungen um die 28 °C im Norden und um die 20 °C im Süden.

Die öffentliche Gesundheitsversorgung in Brasilien ist für ausländische Touristen kostenlos. Wenn Sie also einen Unfall haben, ärztliche Hilfe benötigen oder ein Gesundheitsproblem haben, rufen Sie einfach den Mobilen Notdienst (SAMU) unter der unten angegebenen kostenlosen Rufnummer an.

SAMU (Mobiler Notdienst): 192

Gesundheitstipps

Viel Wasser trinken. Da Brasilien ein tropisches Land ist, empfehlen wir Ihnen, stets ausreichend Flüssigkeit zu sich zu nehmen.

Tragen Sie bequeme Kleidung. Schützen Sie Ihre Haut vor der Sonne, indem Sie einen Hut, eine Mütze, eine Sonnenbrille und Sonnencreme tragen. Vermeiden Sie es, sich zwischen 10 und 16 Uhr in der Sonne aufzuhalten.

Notrufnummern

Sie können diese gebührenfreien Nummern von jedem Telefon aus anrufen. Die meisten davon sind rund um die Uhr verfügbar.

190: Militärpolizei

192: Medizinische Notfallhilfe (SAMU)

193: Feuerwehr

191: Bundesstraßenpolizei

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Numéros d'urgence.

O Vous pouvez appeler ces numéros gratuits à partir de n’importe quel téléphone. La plupart d’entre eux sont disponibles 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours sur 7.

190 : Police militaire

192 : Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente (SAMU)

193 : Pompiers

191 : Police fédérale de la route

Les services de santé publique au Brésil sont gratuits pour les touristes étrangers. Ainsi, en cas d’accident, de besoin de soins médicaux ou de problème de santé, il suffit d’appeler le Service mobile d’assistance en cas d’urgence (SAMU) au numéro gratuit ci-dessous.

SAMU (Service d’Aide Médicale Urgente) : 192

Conseils de santé

Buvez beaucoup d’eau. Le Brésil étant un pays tropical, nous vous recommandons de rester hydraté en permanence.

Portez des vêtements confortables. Protégez votre peau du soleil en portant un chapeau, une casquette, des lunettes de soleil et de la crème solaire. Évitez de vous exposer au soleil entre 10h et 16h.

Climat et température

Le climat est principalement tropical, avec quelques variations autour de 28°C dans le nord et autour de 20°C dans le sud.

Monnaie et change

La monnaie brésilienne est le REAL (R$). Il peut être échangé dans les banques, les bureaux de change, les agences de voyage et les hôtels agréés. Le taux de change officiel est publié quotidiennement dans les journaux et sur les sites Internet spécialisés. Les cartes de crédit internationales sont acceptées par la plupart des entreprises qui fournissent des services aux touristes.

Pour plus d’informations sur les taux de change, consultez le site de la Banque centrale.

Pour effectuer un appel international direct, composez le 00 + code opérateur* + code pays + code région + numéro de téléphone. Pour les appels directs ou en PCV depuis l’étranger, avec l’aide d’opérateurs bilingues, composez le 0800 703 2111.

*Vérifiez auprès de la réception de l’hôtel les codes d’opérateur autorisés pour les appels internationaux.

Tension électrique

La tension électrique au Brésil varie entre 110 V et 220 V, selon l’endroit où l’on se trouve. La plupart des hôtels brésiliens fournissent les deux tensions, tandis que des transformateurs portables sont disponibles dans de nombreux magasins spécialisés.

Le portugais brésilien est la langue officielle.

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Increase in air travel reported in Brazil

Domestic flight passengers increased from 82.2 million in 2022 to 91.4 million last year, Costa Filho explained

South America's largest country is achieving record figures in its travel industry, Agencia Brasil reported. In 2023, Brazil saw 112.6 million passengers on domestic and international flights, marking a 15.3% increase from 2022's 97.6 million. “In the next three years, we aim to reach 140 million passengers,” Ports and Airports Minister Silvio Costa Filho said.

He also explained that domestic flight passengers increased from 82.2 million in 2022 to 91.4 million, while international travel saw an increase from 15.4 million to 21.2 million passengers, which “marks a significant rise in international flights,” according to the official.

International flights also grew from 94,000 in 2022 to 122,000 in 2023, and domestic flights went up from 730,700 to 789,300 during the same period. “Our main challenge is to boost the number of international flights. Brazil is on a trajectory of growth,” the minister noted.

A recent survey by the Ministry of Tourism also found that one in three Brazilians planned to travel for leisure until March this year. Nearly 20% of respondents purchased their tickets in November and December, mostly to beach destinations, according to 51% of respondents.

The research also determined that 69% of Brazilians take one leisure trip per year, with 66% of these trips lasting an average of 10 days. Approximately 47% of travelers stay with friends or relatives, while 29% book hotel accommodations.

For this summer, cities in the Northeast (42%) and Southeast (41%) regions are the preferred vacation spots for Brazilians. Among these destinations, the coasts of São Paulo (19%), Rio de Janeiro (12%), Bahia (12%), Santa Catarina (9%), and Ceará (7%) are the most popular.

The study also concluded that 60% of Brazilians planned to travel with family members, while 13% were to do it with friends or alone.

The survey also identified the most desired destinations for future trips, including Salvador (the top choice), the capital of Bahia; the oceanic island of Fernando de Noronha; Rio de Janeiro; Lençóis Maranhenses, in Maranhão; and the island of Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina.

(Source: Agencia Brasil)

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But Brazil SHOULD be 'sold' abroad. The country boasts a host of attractive destinations, an excellent tourist infrastructure, and a friendly and welcoming populace. Aside from the traditional destinations such as Rio, Iguassu, Pantanal, Amazon and the beaches of the Northeast, there are plenty of little known gems, such as Ouro Preto, the National Parks or Fernando de Noronha. Foreign tourists bring money to spend. Of course, I have selfish reasons to 'sell' Brazil in North America, because it would improve travel competition and prices, but the real reason is for 'gringos' to get to know and appreciate the wonderful culture and people of the green and yellow giant. Are all tourists a good thing? Far from it, but lets be honest, the Paulistas are possibly less well behaved when they lodge in Northeastern hotels than Europeans; at least that is my experience.

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A few years ago, in a debate here at Mercopress, the commentator “ChrisR” stated that international tourism was important for Brazil. And I said it wasn't. Brazil is not “sold” abroad. Our people don't speak English or Spanish and the country is very far from the issuing countries. The tourism that is really very important in Brazil is domestic tourism. Currently 80 million Brazilians travel annually within their own country, making our country one of the most developed tourism industries in the world. Regarding foreign tourists visiting Brazil, the number has been stagnant for many years: 5 million.

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For people eligible to visit with a visa on arrival, or no travel visa at all, entry into this incredibly beautiful, spirited and delicious country is now as simple as booking a ticket and grabbing your passport.

Here’s what’s changed with the entry process and why it might be a great year to visit.

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Brazil Drops Pre-Travel Restrictions

No more health declarations and no more tests before departure, or after arrival. The easy days of visiting Brazil are officially back .

April has been a busy month for travel restrictions globally, with many countries using the first of the month to shed both confusing and time consuming travel restrictions.

Brazil has now done exactly that, which means that for fully vaccinated visitors able to obtain a visa on arrival, or who simply do not need one, the entry process is almost identical to the way it once was, before anyone knew what Covid-19 meant.

The country also has a carveout in place for people who were unable to get vaccinated or who have proof of recovery. Details for these cases can be found using these travel restriction resources .

In 2019, Brazil famously dropped visa requirements for a variety of countries including the US, Canada, Australia and Japan, enabling seamless travel.

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A Great Year To Visit Brazil?

Despite obvious global challenges, it could be a great year to visit Brazil. There are a few reasons for that. One major one: how slowly the traveling public digest any travel restriction changes.

Data shows that travelers have strongly favored destinations where either no travel restrictions, or minimal restrictions exist. For North American travelers, this had lead to an unprecedented wave of travel to Mexico. The Caribbean has seen a stunning boost as well.

People have largely been traveling to the closest international destination with the least hassle involved and that means places further afield, like Brazil, which now also fit the bill of “no travel restrictions” are ripe for exploration and value.

Beat The Price Hikes In Brazil

Major currencies like the US Dollar, Euro and British Pound have always done well in Brazil. As inflation rises elsewhere and heavily trafficked routes hit new price records this is a savvy play.

Huge demand has driven up prices to places that have steadily remained open, but airlines are eager to reboot key international links to places like Brazil. Without the huge influx of international visitors, hotel prices have remained stable, too.

In other words, there are still deals here, unlike other places.

There’s nothing quite like the beaches of Brazil, from Florianópolis to Rio De Janeiro and just about everywhere in between. I mean really, can you say you’ve done the world’s beaches before setting foot on the Copacabana, or Ipanema?

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Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly... More by Gilbert Ott

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Gilbert ! You did no mention the how little safety is to travel to Brazil. Nobody wants to go in dangerous city like Rio.

I’ve never had a problem there.

COVID restrictions not lifted. Still need to show vaccine passport and still need to wear masks. It’s far from ‘back to normal’. Your article’s title is dishonest.

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Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state confronts flood damage after heavy rain kills at least 12

Firefighters evacuate residents through a flooded street after deadly rainfall in Belford Roxo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Firefighters evacuate residents through a flooded street after deadly rainfall in Belford Roxo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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Neighborhoods in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state remained flooded after torrential rains killed at least 12 people. The heavy weekend downpour wreaked havoc, flooding homes, a hospital basement, the metro line in the city of Rio de Janeiro and a main freeway. (AP Video/Mario Lobão)

Residents cross a submerged road in a boat after deadly rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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A woman carries her belongings through a flooded street after deadly rainfall in Belford Roxo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Michele Apolinario, left, and her husband Adriano de Souza, rest in a school serving as a shelter for residents who lost their homes to flooding after deadly rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

A child pushes a bicycle in a flooded street after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

People wade through a flooded street after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Streets are flooded after deadly rainfall in Belford Roxo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Ingrid Monteiro carries her one-year-old daughter Aylla Perola over floodwaters outside their home after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Carlos de Souza, 86, shows the inside of his flooded house after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Heloisa Regina walks inside her flooded bar after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Children play in a flooded street after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Dayse Almeida walks on the porch of her home by furniture and appliances she lost to flooding after deadly rainfall in Belford Roxo, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Rosimery de Jesus closes the gate at her flooded home after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Residents cross a submerged road by boat after deadly rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neighborhoods in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state remained flooded Monday more than a day after torrential rains that killed at least 12 people.

The heavy downpour wreaked havoc over the weekend, flooding peoples’ homes, a hospital, the metro line in the city of Rio and a main freeway section, Avenida Brasil.

Some people drowned and were killed in landslides, while at least three died after being electrocuted. Eighteen towns across the state remained at “high” risk of landslides, according to civil defense officials.

The floods were particularly devastating in Rio’s northern peripheries, some of the metropolitan’s poorest areas.

FILE - Flood waters remain on the destroyed fields at the Intervale Community Farm, July 17, 2023, in Burlington, Vt. Legislation introduced in December 2023 by Vermont U.S. Sens. Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders, and senators from Massachusetts, aims to create an insurance program better suited to small produce farms facing losses from the more frequent extreme weather. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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“We feel like animals. It’s not normal to live like this,” Heloisa Regina, 55, said as she surveyed her flooded bar and home in Duque de Caxias, a city to the north of Rio where more than 100 millimeters (3.9 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours.

Regina spent the night trying to sleep on a pool table, wondering how she was going to pay to repair the damage to the bar she has owned for 30 years. “We’ve lost everything,” she said.

Residents waded through waist-high water Monday to navigate streets in Duque de Caxias. Others climbed on roofs and called for help as helicopters flew overhead, according to video footage from Brazil’s Globo television network.

Firefighters were searching for a woman who disappeared after her car fell into the Botas River in Rio’s Belford Roxo neighborhood.

Around 2,400 military personnel from Rio’s firefighters corps were mobilized over the weekend and used ambulances, boats, drones and aircraft to rescue residents and to monitor affected areas.

Ingrid Monteiro carries her one-year-old daughter Aylla Perola over floodwaters outside their home after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Ingrid Monteiro carries her one-year-old daughter Aylla Perola over floodwaters outside their home after deadly rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Authorities intervened in over 200 incidents due to the flooding across the state, according to a statement from Rio’s civil defense. But some people accused authorities of negligence.

“We are completely abandoned,” Duque de Caxias resident Eliana Vieira Krauss, 54, charged. “Nothing has improved” since similar floods more than a decade ago, the nursing assistant said.

Krauss carried her 80-year-old disabled father-in-law to her sister-in-law’s home herself. “The water was almost reaching his bed. If he had turned around and fallen, he would have drowned,” Krauss said.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Sunday declared an emergency and urged people to not force their way through flooded areas and to avoid disrupting rescue and recovery efforts.

Moderate to heavy rain, lightning and gusts of wind were forecast Monday afternoon. Rio’s civil defense advised people not to swim in lakes or the sea, and when at home to stay away from sockets, windows and metal doors.

Floods in the basement of the Ronaldo Gazolla Municipal Hospital led to power cuts that were resolved by Sunday, but all appointments at the hospital have been delayed by 15 days, Rio Health Secretary Daniel Soranz said on X, formerly Twitter.

Brazil’s National Institute of Meteorology had warned Thursday of the potential for heavy rain in Rio, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais due to a combination of heat, humidity and areas of low pressure in the atmosphere.

Heloisa Regina walks inside her flooded bar after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

In February 2023 , heavy rain caused flooding and landslides that killed at least 48 people in Sao Paulo state. In September, flooding from a cyclone in southern Brazil killed at least 31 people and left 2,300 homeless.

At the same time, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has faced severe drought . Scientists say extreme weather is happening more frequently due to human-caused climate change, and 2023 was the hottest year on record .

Nízia Maria Geralda Francisco, 70, spent Saturday night on the roof where she was taken by neighbors to escape the flooding of her home in Belford Roxo.

When she returned the next morning, she found her belongings drenched in muddy water, including a wardrobe and her documents. “It’s hard to stay in this place, but it’s ours. We don’t have any money to leave,” Geralda Francisco said, crying.

“Humans are destroying nature, so this is what we’re getting in return,” she added.

A child pushes a bicycle in a flooded street after deadly, heavy rainfall in Duque de Caxias, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

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Falling Domestic Fares and an A.I. Arms Race: What Travelers Can Expect in 2024

At the start of what promises to be a very busy year, we look ahead at what you’re likely to encounter.

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Last year, after mandatory coronavirus restrictions were lifted around the world, international tourism recovered to 90 percent of prepandemic levels, according to the World Tourism Organization .

But it was also a year of upheavals, with disasters — both natural and man-made — disrupting travel, from wildfires to labor unrest and technological breakdowns .

With 2023 in the rearview mirror, we look ahead at what travelers will face in 2024.

Airline Prices: Will They Finally Drop?

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A record 4.7 billion passengers are expected to fly globally in 2024, up from the previous record of 4.5 billion in 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association . Analysts at American Express Global Business Travel say that average ticket prices across all regions are not expected to change significantly. But in the United States, domestic and international airfares are expected to move in opposite directions.

Hayley Berg, lead economist for the booking platform Hopper , anticipates that for the next six months, domestic airfare will cost less than in 2023 and prepandemic years. Travelers booking domestic flights in February can expect to pay an average fare of about $276 round-trip — an 8 percent decrease from the same month last year. Reasons for the falling prices include increased airplane capacity — the number of seats on a given route — and a drop in the cost of jet fuel.

“January will be the cheapest month of the year to book travel until the fall shoulder season in September and October,” Ms. Berg said. “Airfare will rise into late spring as the spring break and summer travel period heat up.”

International airfare departing from the United States is up 10 percent for 2024 compared with 2023, according to Kayak , a travel search engine. But airline capacity, Ms. Berg said, is rising and might eventually dampen that increase in prices.

Overall, the outlook for airfare this year is a return to normalcy, said the aviation analyst Robert W. Mann Jr.

“Revenge travel” and the volatility in airfare that has characterized the last few years are “basically in the rearview mirror,” he said. And ebbing demand for leisure travel might mean more excess capacity, further driving prices down.

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A.I.: Will It Change My Vacation?

It is hard to believe that it has only been about a year since travelers started dabbling in ChatGPT-created itineraries. This year will bring even more experimentation and innovation. “A.I. is like a teenage intern,” said Chad Burt, co-owner of the travel adviser network Outside Agents , “better, smarter, faster than you, but you need to lead them.”

The expanding use of A.I. could influence how we book online, what happens when flights are canceled or delayed, and even how much we pay for tickets.

“In 2024, we will see a new breed of intelligent travel agents built on top of chatbots,” said Oren Etzioni , professor emeritus of computer science at the University of Washington. That means travelers will begin interacting with sites like Airbnb, Expedia and Priceline by typing out questions in addition to ticking boxes to search for lodging, restaurants and amenities like swimming pools.

A.I. will also power what happens behind the scenes at airlines and airports, said Gilbert Ott, director of partnerships at Point.me , which helps travelers find flights to buy with rewards points. For example, it could improve automatic rebooking onto new flights when customers miss connections or weather snarls runways. At United Airlines, for example, smarter software can offer rebooking options and issue food and lodging vouchers when a flight is canceled, rather than just rebooking a flight.

On the ground, A.I. software will be able to inform more human-made decisions, like how to most efficiently reposition baggage carts and staff in response to tight connections or flight delays.

Finally, A.I. systems trained on bigger and more up-to-date data sets will let airlines’ dynamic ticket-pricing algorithms better use data like weather predictions and customers’ searches to charge as much as they can while still filling planes. At the same time, companies like the online travel agency Hopper , which says it uses 70 trillion data points in its pricing prediction model, continue to work the problem from the other side, in a kind of A.I.-powered arms race between the airlines and customers.

— Julie Weed

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Biometrics: Will They Replace My Passport?

In the year ahead, the use of biometrics — an individual’s unique physical identifiers, such as fingerprints and faces — will be expanded at airports in the United States and abroad, a shift to enhance security, replace physical identification such as passports and driver’s licenses, and reduce the amount of time required by travelers to pass through airports. Biometric technology will be seen everywhere from bag drops at the check-in counters to domestic security screening.

In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration is expanding its program allowing passengers to opt in for a security screening relying on a facial recognition match with their physical identification — a photo taken in real time is compared against a scan of a license or passport and assists the T.S.A. officer in verifying a traveler’s identity. This program is currently available at 30 airports nationwide, including Salt Lake City International Airport and Denver International Airport ; the T.S.A. said it will expand to more than 400 airports in the coming years.

T.S.A. PreCheck travelers who are flying on Delta Air Lines may not even need to show their identification at all during bag drop and security, if they opt in to Delta’s digital ID program.

The program, which compares a photo taken at the airport to one in a database of trusted travelers (compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency), takes about 40 seconds, said Greg Forbes, Delta’s managing director of airport experience. The pilot program is now available at five airports, including La Guardia Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Internationally, Singapore’s Changi Airport plans to adopt facial recognition technology for departing passengers, no longer requiring them to show their passports .

Neville Pattinson, head of North America business development for biometrics for Thales, a global technology company, said travelers will start to get increasingly familiar with using biometrics.

“We see much less interaction needed by the traveler, making it less stressful and more seamless,” Mr. Pattinson said. “We’re seeing biometrics really help the travel industry cope with the volumes of travelers going up and the need to really process people quicker.”

Destinations: What’s Hot This Year?

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London, Rome, Tokyo, Cancún and Las Vegas, some of the most visited destinations in 2023, are still among the top places travelers are searching to go to this year, according to the travel sites Kayak and Hopper .

Beach destinations like the Cayman Islands and French Polynesia are also trending destinations for 2024.

“Americans are looking for fun in the sun,” said Laura Lindsay, a global travel trends expert at the travel search engine Skyscanner . “Our data shows that they are seeking out destinations with equal opportunities for relaxation and outdoor adventures.”

After the extreme weather events of 2023 and overcrowding at popular destinations, travelers are also looking for cooler, less crowded spots.

Those hoping to avoid the kind of crippling heat that struck southern Europe last summer are showing interest in Scandinavian countries like Norway and Denmark, say travel advisers, and airlines like Air Canada and American Airlines are adding new routes to meet the demand.

“Two of my favorite places in the region are Bergen and Flam in Norway, with some amazing food, markets and landscapes,” said Joshua Smith, the founder of Global Citizen Journeys , a travel company that caters to millennials.

While interest in Scandinavia is rising, Mr. Smith said the priority for most of his clients is to book major destinations like Italy and France while there are still accommodations. Once places are sold out, he expects rapid growth in Scandinavia bookings.

Mr. Smith is also recommending Malta. “From its history and architecture to the food, Malta maintains the comfort of Europe with solid tourism infrastructure, but without the crowds.”

Another alternative that travel advisers recommend is Slovenia. “Because it’s less known, it is much cheaper and less crowded,” said Laurel Brunvoll, the owner of Unforgettable Trips , a Maryland-based travel agency.

While Ms. Brunvoll’s clients are eyeing destinations off the beaten path, they are also booking popular places like Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Britain. More distant destinations, including Egypt and India, are also gaining traction as well as polar excursions and world cruises, she said.

In North America, one of the most anticipated events is the total solar eclipse on April 8. Popular places to view the path of totality include the Mazatlán coast of Mexico; Cape Girardeau, Mo., with its hiking trails, bike paths and nature center; and scenic Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Texas is also expected to be an epicenter for the event and, with its range of scenery, festivals and other activities in places like Burnet, Sulphur Springs and Lampasas, could draw up to 700,000 visitors, according to the eclipse cartographer Michael Zeiler , who has been keeping track of visitation probability in various areas.

Hotels: Will They Finally Beat Rentals?

In cities from New York to Vienna , new short-term-rental restrictions — designed to improve housing availability for residents — are poised to boost the bottom lines at hotels. In New York in November, shortly after Airbnb and the like were limited to stays of 30 days or longer, hotel occupancy was up 6 percent and rates were up 8 percent, according to the commercial real estate firm CoStar.

However, travelers working remotely continue to favor rentals, which remain strong in rural areas where there are more rentals than hotels .

“We’ve seen the strongest demand in small and midsize cities, coastal and mountain locations and areas outside of major urban centers,” said Jamie Lane, the senior vice president of analytics and chief economist at AirDNA , a market research firm that specializes in short-term rentals. “Hotel supply is primarily in larger urban centers or along interstates,” he added.

Though rentals are expected to account for just over 15 percent of lodging demand in 2024, compared to about 12 percent before the pandemic, they have profoundly challenged hotels. In response, hotels have adopted more residential features.

“Hotels have taken a page from the short-term-rental playbook and said, ‘We want our restaurants open to the public and we want rooms not to be beige boxes,’” said Jan Freitag, the national director for hospitality analytics at CoStar. “On the amenities side, the room that used to be a place to crash now has to serve as an office.”

With features such as kitchenettes and expanded living spaces, extended-stay hotels are booming. New brands expected to debut this year include MidX Studios from Marriott, LivSmart Studios by Hilton and Hyatt Studios .

“We’ve never seen ourselves as in competition with hotels,” said David Whiteside, the global chief operating officer at Onefinestay , which rents high-end homes and apartments with concierge service. It was acquired by Accor Hotels in 2016. “There will be times when a hotel is the perfect fit for a family or individual, and times when a home, villa or chalet would be the better option.”

Meanwhile, hotels are leaning into what distinguishes them most: the human element.

Makarand Mody, an associate professor of hospitality marketing at Boston University, noted that “certain travelers appreciate the service of hotels, which is where they outshine rentals.”

Points: Should I Use Them?

The question of whether to save or to spend miles takes on new urgency this year as lawmakers consider the Credit Card Competition Act . The legislation targets transaction fees — usually 2 to 3 percent of a sale — that retailers pay to credit card companies such as Visa and Mastercard. The fees are partially used by the companies to run loyalty programs that award points to cardholders that can be redeemed for things like flights and hotels.

The act proposes allowing retailers to choose a cheaper system that would reduce the fees. Critics, including banks and airlines , which make billions selling co-branded credit cards, maintain that a cheaper system, backed by retail giants like Walmart and Target, would upend rewards programs.

Whether the legislation will succeed is unknown.

“This has been one of the biggest lobbying battles of all time, pitting two huge industries, retail versus banking,” said Brian Kelly, the founder of the Points Guy , a travel site that helps users maximize reward points and opposes the act.

Does the legislation threaten your points? Not immediately, said Leigh Rowan of Savanti Travel , a personal travel management service. “Assuming it passes, we still have a long runway ahead between then and when the bill will be enacted,” he said. “There’s not a rush to do anything in 2024.”

Still, experts perennially advise spending over saving points.

“Never hoard,” said Mr. Kelly, explaining that airlines and hotels have the leeway to change their redemption values overnight, and to keep up with the growth of points, they tend to increase the total needed to get a flight or hotel room. “Over time, the points you have today generally lose value.”

Mr. Rowan suggests diversifying your credit cards by switching from one airline card, for example, where you can only redeem points with that airline, to a more robust card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card that has redemption partnerships with multiple airlines, hotels and rental car companies.

“Diversification will help regardless, but especially if this act goes through,” Mr. Rowan said.

Trains: Should I Travel by Rail?

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Train lovers and travelers concerned about their carbon footprint have a lot to choose from this year — especially in Europe. While some European governments are mulling short-haul flight bans , many passengers are already opting for rail, where new connections are numerous.

Nightjet , part of the Austrian federal railway, ÖBB, started running a sleeper train between Berlin and Paris in December, while the French rail operator, S.N.C.F., started overnight service between Paris and Aurillac , in south-central France, the same month. Sleeper trains between Paris and Vienna and Paris and Nice are also already in service. And the Italian rail operator Trenitalia has recently started running a weekly high-speed connection between Rome and the station serving the Pompeii archaeological park.

Other new European connections include a sleeper service between Brussels and Prague , coming in late March, and an overnight train between Brussels and Bratislava, Slovakia , expected late this year or early next. Trenitalia is also working on high-speed service between Paris and Barcelona, with a possible connection to Madrid, as well as a direct link between Milan and Ljubljana, Slovenia; no start date has been set for either service.

Looking for a luxury experience? The Orient Express La Dolce Vita will offer itineraries through Italy beginning in November. Backed by the French conglomerate Accor, the service will emphasize design and fine dining, and will take visitors to places like Palermo, Portofino, Rome and Siena.

Asia-bound travelers also have luxury options with two new itineraries on the Eastern & Oriental Express . Each route starts and ends in Singapore and takes travelers on a three-night trip through Malaysia. In March, Japan will offer extended bullet train service from Tokyo to Fukui prefecture , home to a 13th-century Buddhist temple, coastal cliffs and a dinosaur museum.

In the United States, Amtrak’s new fleet of high-speed trains could soon enter service in the Northeast Corridor, although no start date has been set. The trains will reach 160 miles per hour, up from the current 150 m.p.h.

As of last month, Brightline — a privately owned intercity operator — has been running 16 round-trip trains every day between Orlando, Fla., and Miami. Looking ahead, Brightline is planning a high-speed route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, a project that won $3 billion in federal support late last year. Organizers hope the service will begin in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

The Middle East: Are Tourists Returning?

Travelers appear to be slowly returning to some Middle East nations despite the continuation of the Israel-Hamas conflict that all but decimated the region’s tourism since it began on Oct. 7. Travel operators said that bookings to countries including Egypt, Jordan and Oman are growing, welcome news for an area that’s dependent on tourist dollars and one that had received a record number of visitors since the height of the pandemic.

“The Middle East was on track to be one of our biggest leaders in post-pandemic travel recovery, and with this momentum swinging back, it shows just how powerful its appeal is to travelers,” said James Thornton, the chief executive of Intrepid Travel, a global tour company.

Intrepid’s bookings for tours in Oman — and Tunisia in Northern Africa — have experienced explosive demand, more than doubling from last year, the company said.

Closer to the conflict, booking figures in Egypt are rising, travel operators said, with hopes pinned on Nile River tours, a tourist mainstay. Beach holidays in coastal destinations such as Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh are also picking up, said Khaled Ibrahim, a Cairo-based consultant for Amisol Travel Egypt and a member of the Middle East Travel Alliance .

And in Jordan, Intrepid’s bookings for family tours this year have increased 22 percent from last year.

In Israel, tourism has not yet rebounded, and its absence is hurting local businesses, said Harry Rubenstein, who runs Harry’s Baked, a tour company with excursions in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramle. He said he had a few tours this month, but nothing scheduled beyond next week.

“There aren’t any conventional tourists visiting now,” Mr. Rubenstein said.

Eyal Carlin, Israel’s tourism commissioner to North America, said international visitors had recently begun trickling into Israel to volunteer. He added that he expected this type of travel, the majority of which is faith-based, to remain “steady” over the next several months.

Additionally, airline service to Israel has not returned to prewar levels: The number of available inbound flights from January through March is down about 31 percent compared with the same period last year, according to data from Cirium, an aviation analytics company. In the United States, Delta Air Lines has paused flights until March 29, and American Airlines has discontinued service through April 4. United Airlines has suspended its flights indefinitely, said Josh Freed, a United spokesman.

Luxury and Wellness: Is the Boom Real?

After the travel frenzy of 2023, all signs point to increasing interest in far-flung destinations, villa rentals, private jet bookings and personal pilgrimages in 2024.

“The lust for luxury is real,” said Jack Ezon, the founder of the high-end travel agency Embark Beyond . But, he added, mindfulness is poised to replace heedless indulgence. “Consumers today are focused on sustainability, investment value and craftsmanship when considering a luxury purchase,” he said.

“Travel provides the glue that pulls the family close together and unites it around a shared passion,” said Tom Marchant, a co-founder of Black Tomato , which plans pricey bespoke trips. Compared to 2019, 2023 bookings were up 64 percent, and demand remains strong heading into the new year.

This year, travelers are expected to choose faraway places and board small ships, according to Virtuoso , the consortium of luxury travel agencies. In June, the new 264-passenger Seabourn Pursuit from the luxury cruise line Seabourn will visit the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia (10-day voyages start around $10,000 per person). Black Tomato is planning private group treks to untrammeled destinations like the Mitre Peninsula in Argentina’s Patagonia region, priced at more than $60,000 per person.

Among luxury eco-conscious newcomers, Ki’ama Bahamas , slated to open in the fall, promises to be the first fully solar-powered residential club in the Bahamas. This month, Lepogo Lodges in South Africa will open the carbon-neutral Melote House , accommodating up to 16 guests and funneling profits back into the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve, where it is situated (nightly rates from $12,000).

Wellness travel, a market valued at over $600 billion, is expected to grow to $1.1 trillion by 2025, according to the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit that tracks the industry.

“Medical wellness and longevity sciences have taken over the wellness market,” said Beth McGroarty, the director of research and communications at the Global Wellness Institute. Medical procedures like bone density testing, biometric screening and stem-cell therapies are cropping up at resorts alongside low-tech programs that focus on sleep, breathing and social connection.

Travelers will have no shortage of new destinations to feed their hunger for health. In the spring, the new Ranch Hudson Valley will open near Tuxedo Park, N.Y., a spinoff of the original in Malibu, Calif., offering three-night-minimum stays and featuring colonics, cryotherapy and guided hikes (from $3,280 per person). SHA Mexico opens near Cancún in late January, with programs that address sexual health, stress reduction and sleep (minimum four-day stays start at $5,770).

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  1. Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy Brazil

    All individuals ages 12 and older traveling to Brazil by air must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (electronic or printed), in addition to a Traveler's Health Declaration (DSV) completed no more than 24 hours prior to boarding, and proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either an RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of boarding or an antigen t...

  2. Brazil Travel Advisory

    Reissued with updates to Country Summary. Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Any areas within 150 km/100 miles of Brazil's land borders with Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Paraguay due to crime.

  3. Brazil International Travel Information

    Brazil Federative Republic of Brazil Travel Advisory October 19, 2023 Brazil - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution C Exercise increased caution in Brazil due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. ... [READ MORE] Embassy Messages Alerts View Alerts and Messages Archive Quick Facts PASSPORT VALIDITY:

  4. Traveling to Brazil during Covid-19: What you need to know before you

    CNN — If you're planning a trip to Brazil, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. The basics Brazil has been one of the...

  5. Brazil eases COVID-related restrictions on international travelers

    SAO PAULO, April 2 (Reuters) - Brazilian health agency Anvisa on Saturday issued a new set of rules for incoming international travelers, easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic as...

  6. Know the rules for the entry of travelers into Brazil

    Temporary flights to Brazil that originate in or pass through the following countries are prohibited: Republic of South Africa; Republic of Botswana; Kingdom of Essuatini; Kingdom of Lesotho; Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe.

  7. Covid: Brazil to demand proof of vaccination from foreign visitors

    11th December 2021, 05:16 PST NurPhoto via Getty Images Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic A Supreme Court judge in Brazil has ruled that foreign visitors will need to...

  8. Brazil introduces new COVID-19 measures for international ...

    Published on 13/12/2021 - 13:13 Share this article Comments The decision issued by a Supreme Court judge on Saturday invalidates regulations previously announced by the National Health Agency that...

  9. Brazil travel advice

    8 December 2023 Latest update: Information on increased military activity on Brazil border with Guyana and Venezuela ('Summary' page) Before you travel, check the 'Entry requirements' section...

  10. Brazil to implement quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals

    Dec 10, 2021 • 3 min read Brazil is making changes to its entry rules © Getty Images International passengers arriving into Brazil by plane who are not vaccinated will have to quarantine for five days in the city they're visiting, in line with new rules published on Thursday.

  11. Brazil health regulator says time to ease COVID travel restrictions

    Brazilian health regulator Anvisa recommended on Monday that COVID-19 travel restrictions be eased due to a drop in cases and deaths, requiring only full vaccination and doing away with quarantine for unvaccinated travelers. People entering the country who have not been vaccinated will still need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, but quarantining will be eliminated immediately.

  12. Brazil

    Brazil Reinstates Visa Requirements for Travelers From the US, Canada, and Australia. In a return to pre-Bolsonaro precedent, the country establishes visa procedures based on reciprocity. By ...

  13. Brazil's Bolsonaro dismisses call for COVID travel curbs

    Brazil's health regulator has recommended curbs on travel from some African countries after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, but President Jair Bolsonaro appeared to dismiss such measures.

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  16. Brazil's January Arrivals Exceed Pre-Pandemic Totals

    The consumer spending represents an increase of 3.8 percent increase compared with the $582 million spent by Brazil travelers in pre-pandemic January 2020. The January 2023 spending total also represents a 43.5 percent increase over January 2022. For the latest travel news, updates and deals, subscribe to the daily TravelPulse newsletter.

  17. Brazil to require US travelers to have $2,000 for visa starting ...

    Starting April 10, 2024, the country now demands that travelers from the United States must have a visa for all reasons. One of the biggest changes that caused the most alarm and headlines is that ...

  18. Planning a Winter Escape to Rio? Americans Must Now Give ...

    Americans traveling to Brazil in the new year will need to first hand over potentially sensitive information, including a month's worth of bank statements, in exchange for a short-term travel visa ...

  19. Brazil travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go

    Best time to go. Brazil is continental, and climate and seasons vary across the country. Rio and the southeast are hot November-April, warm May-October and wettest December-March. Bahia and the ...

  20. Brazil Travel Press

    Increase in air travel reported in Brazil 16 hours ago • MercoPress • Neutral Wednesday, January 24th 2024 - 11:09 UTC Domestic flight passengers increased from 82.2 million in 2022 to 91.4 million last year, Costa Filho explained South America's largest country is achieving record figures in its travel industry, Agencia Brasil …

  21. Visit Brasil

    Brazil is a country that is increasingly investing in public safety and is strengthening security in tourist destinations. Tourists wishing to visit the country can travel with peace of mind. In the event of an incident, there are police stations throughout the country. In most capital cities, there are also specialised tourist police stations.

  22. Brazil Travel Guide, News and Information

    Time Zones. Brazil is a large country that spans four time zones. The official time zone is UTC-3 where 90% of the population lives and includes popular cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília. The additional time zones include: The UTC-2 time zone is used in Fernando de Noronha, a remote archipelago located off the coast of ...

  23. Increase in air travel reported in Brazil

    South America's largest country is achieving record figures in its travel industry, Agencia Brasil reported. In 2023, Brazil saw 112.6 million passengers on domestic and international flights ...

  24. Visiting Stunning Brazil Is Now As Easy As Grabbing Your Passport

    Brazil is one of the latest countries to roll back pandemic era restrictions and drop Covid-19 testing prior to travel. For people eligible to visit with a visa on arrival, or no travel visa at all, entry into this incredibly beautiful, spirited and delicious country is now as simple as booking a ticket and grabbing your passport.

  25. Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state confronts flood damage after heavy rain

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Neighborhoods in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state remained flooded Monday more than a day after torrential rains that killed at least 12 people. The heavy downpour wreaked havoc over the weekend, flooding peoples' homes, a hospital, the metro line in the city of Rio and a main freeway section, Avenida Brasil.

  26. 2024 Travel Predictions: Airline Prices, Destinations, AI and More

    International airfare departing from the United States is up 10 percent for 2024 compared with 2023, according to Kayak, a travel search engine. But airline capacity, Ms. Berg said, is rising and ...

  27. Low-Cost Brazilian Airline Gol to File for Bankruptcy in US

    1:01. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said it will file for bankruptcy, capping the Brazilian airline's ill-fated efforts to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic. The low-cost carrier and ...