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Brazil Country FAQs
Brazil is the largest country in South America with such a wide variety of attractions that it may be a logistical challenge to see everything you'll want to in the time that you have to travel.
One thing you will want to decide is where your greatest interests lie. If you only have two weeks to travel, you could easily spend the entire time in the cities and towns getting to know the culture, exploring the Pantanal or laying on one or more of the pristine beaches. Ready to plan your Brazil journey? E-mail us at: or 1-855-238-0118.

Do I need a Visa to enter Brazil?
Visas and their corresponding fees are required according to a reciprocal basis. If your country requires a Brazilian to have a visa for entry, you will need one as well. Check with the Brazilian consulate in your country to be sure of the requirements.

Do I need any vaccinations to enter?
There are none required. Others may be recommended depending on where you are traveling to in the country and the degree of contact you will have with inhabitants. These may include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever and Typhoid. Malaria pills may also be recommended but again, only for certain areas. Check with the recommendations in your country before traveling such as with the CDC in the U.S.

What is the language used?
Unlike all the other countries in South America, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese, not Spanish. There are a great number of indigenous languages that may be used in remote areas. German and Italian may be spoken in some areas in the south of the country.

What currency is used?
The currency used is the real. ATMs can be found most places although foreign cards often don't work in the ATMs in smaller towns. U.S. dollars, Visa and MasterCard are accepted; sometimes Amex and Diner's Club are as well. Traveler's checks, US dollars and Euros can be easily changed; Amex traveler's checks are best.

How much should I tip?
In restaurants, the service charge is typically included. Otherwise, a 10% tip is the norm. Workers at smaller venues such as juice bars and cafes are not usually tipped but it's more than welcome. Taxi fares may be rounded up but tipping isn't mandatory.

Is the country safe?
Brazil is not as safe as some other South American countries and there is a high incidence of mugging, pickpocketing and purse snatching. Take sensible precautions such as not carrying a lot of cash or valuables, dressing more casually and not like a tourist, not flashing large bills, not carrying backpacks, and staying alert. ATM scams and credit card frauds are common. Keep a hold on your cards and use ATMs that are secure.
Exercise the same amount of caution that you would in any large city. Don't walk dark streets alone at night, be wary of over helpful strangers, don't live your drinks unattended where something could be slipped into them. If you exercise some caution and stay alert, it's unlikely that any real harm will come to you.

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