Samba, football, carnivals, rainforests and beautiful beaches aren't the only reasons you should visit Brazil.*
The astounding sight of Iguazu Falls is one of the most famous natural attractions in a country which has over 60 National Parks, and the well-preserved historic town of Ouro Preto contains incredible colonial architecture left from the gold rush at the end of the 17th century.
Head to Fernando de Noronha, a stunning archipelago with pure beaches, stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife. You can snorkel or dive in the warm waters and explore some of the most untouched parts of Brazil.
Luckily, having an Alpha Travel Insurance policy can protect you against unexpected high costs such as coming home early, emergency medical expenses and lost or stolen personal possessions.
We even give you the option of choosing your excess - the amount you want to pay towards your claim!
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*Please note, Alpha Travel Insurance does not provide cover for any trip which goes against the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Please check the FCO advice on your chosen destination before booking your trip or purchasing our insurance.
You can find a useful and important emergency contact information here.
If you have an emergency situation in Brazil that requires the police, you can call:
Civil Police on 197
Military Police on 190
I need the police - Chamar a polícia
I have been robbed/mugged - Eu fui vitimo de um assalto or Eu fui roubado
If there is a fire during your stay in Brazil, the phone number to call is 193
Call the fire services - Chamar os bombeiros
This is an emergency - Temos uma emergência
If you require an ambulance during your stay, call 192
Hospitals can be overcrowded so you may wish to look up the number for a private hospital in the area before you travel.
I need an ambulance - Preciso de uma ambulância
I have had an accident - Eu sofri um acidente
Where is the nearest hospital? - Onde é o hospital mais próximo?
It is recommended that you get malaria prophylaxis to prevent malaria.
Avoid swimming, bathing and paddling in fresh water, as this carries the risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection.
Avoid contact with mosquitoes, as they can carry diseases, and use repellents.
It is also advisable that you check that your immunisations for living in the UK are up to date and that you consider vaccinations for diphtheria, rabies, typhoid and yellow fever, as well as boosters for hepatitis A and tetanus.
There’s no real answer for this question. If your interests lie soaking up the sun, the hottest month is February but if you’re more interested in wildlife then the drier months (July – October) are best for birdwatching and seeing land mammals and butterflies.
The Carnival also draws a lot of attention and is the biggest celebration of its kind in the world so a trip to Brazil at the beginning of Lent (February/March) could be a busy but worthwhile one.
Don’t forget, there’s also the Olympics this year so that is an enticement for a trip in August.
Throughout the year though there is plenty to do our helpful plan your trip to Brazil guide and more useful tips to get the most out of your trip.
There are several different types of visas that you can apply for in Brazil:
Tourist visas – You will need to apply for your visa in a Brazilian consulate or embassy in your home country. It will also be necessary to have a valid return ticket and proof of funds to sustain you for your stay, as you cannot work when travelling with this type of visa.
Business visas – For this type of trip, you will need a form filled in by your employer with the purpose and length of the trip.
Technical visas – If you are travelling to Brazil to perform technical services then you will need a technical visa, which are issued for 30 to 90 days.
Temporary residence visas
These visas are for people who will be staying in the country for a longer period of time, though usually not longer than 4 years. The visas will also allow you to bring family members, but they will not be able to apply for a permit that would allow them to work.
There are certain documents that you will need to submit for these documents:
• Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself whilst in the country
• Police statement of no criminal record
• Two or more passport photos
• Two copies of Pedido de Visto (application form)
• Passport with at least 6 months left on it
• Medical examination (in some cases)
Specific visa types will require more information.
Student visas – Confirmation form the institutions that you have been accepted and the length of our stay, as well as proof that you can support yourself during this period, as you will not be permitted to work.
Visas for internships – You will need to show your invitation letter from the host company, including dates, as well as proof of how you will be supporting yourself or how the company will be supporting you.
Visas for welfare workers – If you are traveling to Brazil as a welfare worker then you will need proof of this from the organisation with a full description of activities, as well as confirmation of any remuneration you will receive. For applications in other areas, you will need proof of practical experience or a degree.
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