Brasília and Recife, 220 volts AC; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, 127 volts AC or 220 volts in larger hotels. Plugs are of the two-pin type. Most hotels provide 110-volt and 220-volt outlets, transformers and adaptors.
From the jungle calls of the Amazon to the curves of Copacabana’s thong-clad crowds, Brazil is a heady celebration of the big, the bold and the beautiful. Brazil’s vast coastline is fringed with sandy beaches and island getaways, while buzzing Rio de Janeiro and stylish São Paulo offer nightlife and culture galore – as well as an annual dose of Carnival fever.
With the World Cup due to take over Brazilian stadia in 2014, and the Olympics coming to Rio in 2016, the largest country in South America is gearing up to take centre stage – and whether strolling down orderly São Paulo streets, or kicking back in the spotless coastal resort of Buzios, it seems Brazil is confidently rising to the challenge.
Prices are steadily increasing, so even the simplest Brazilian holidays don’t come cheap. Crime does happen, especially in the cities, but those who keep their wits about them and avoid certain areas are highly likely to have an incident-free trip.
Most visits are trouble-free. Travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Violence and threatened violence is a common occurrence in Rio de Janeiro. Travellers should be particularly vigilant in Rio de Janeiro before and during the festive and Carnival periods, as there is often a seasonal upsurge in robberies against foreigners around this time.
Levels of crime and violence are high, particularly in major cities. Travellers should be vigilant, especially when going out after dark. The sexual abuse of children is a serious crime and a widespread problem in Brazil. Drug trafficking and use is widespread also, and incurs severe penalties in Brazil.
Dengue fever is endemic to Brazil, with outbreaks more common in the summer months. There is no vaccine agains the disease; travellers should wear mosquito repellent and cover up, wearing long sleeve tops and trousers.
It is a legal requirement in Brazil to carry evidence of identity at all times. A photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport is acceptable.
Southeast Brazil has suffered from severe flooding and landslides in early 2011, with 800 fatalities reported. Flooding has mainly affected Sao Paolo state, while landslides have disrupted large areas of Rio de Janeiro state. The towns of Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis, and Petropolis have been the worst affected.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: