Emergency telephone numbers
  • Medical emergency: 192
  • Police: 190
  • Fire dept: 193

Yellow fever, malaria and universal vaccines (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B ...)

Health risks

The situation of public health in Brazil is improving despite difficult geographic areas, and a few isolated cases of cholera and meningitis.

Doctor consultation fees
Quality of public medical facilities
Brazil has a system of two-tier health: the public system is free for everyone and the private system funded by private insurance offers very good quality of care, very expensive and not reimbursed.
Tap water
Generally non-potable

Practical information

Major towns and cities
São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Official languages
USD 2517 billion
190 million
8,514,876 km2
Time zone
UTC -2 to -5
Country code
+55 +area code +number of the person you are calling
International airport

Brasilia International (BSB), Rio de Janeiro (Galeao, GIG) and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos, GRU)

Tourism & local way of life

Public holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day
February 13: Rio Carnival
April 21: Tiradentes’ Day
May 1: Labour Day
September 7: Independence Day
November 15: Republic Day
December 25: Christmas Day

Inverted seasons. Rainy season from November to May. More temperate by the sea
Best time to visit
For Rio and the south: April to May and October to November. For the north-east: September to December
Best places to visit

Copacabana beach
Rio de Janeiro
São Paulo
All Saints’ Bay and Itaparica
Iguaçu Falls
Ilha Grande
Guanabara Bay
Costa Verde and Paraty
Manaus and the Amazon rainforest
The Pantanal and its famous road (Transpantaneira)
The city of Goias (World Heritage Site)

€400 for a studio in Rio de Janeiro


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