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Brazil Travel Facts


Visas: U.S., Canadian, Australian and New Zealand nationals need a visa to visit Brazil. British nationals and EU passport holders do not need a visa. To enter Brazil, a valid passport that has 6 months or more before expiration is required along with a return ticket.
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Immunizations: Brazil is a big country and there are some precautions that should be made before traveling to some of the more remote areas. Please read the information below for details.
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Time: In the winter (March to September), there are three time zones. In the summer, there are four time zones. The coast including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador and inland up to Brasilia is 2 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and the Amazon are one hour ahead of EST. The state of Acre and the western part of the Amazon follow EST time. The fourth time zone is a resultant from elected officials who refuse to follow daylight savings time; the cities included in this vary according to who is elected.

Weights & Measures: Distances and measures are usually metric, but rural areas may use the "legua" (league, about 5 km).
Weights are measured in kilograms (1kg = 2.2 pounds).

Electricity: Varies from 100 to 240 volts, 50 to 60Hz; power surges are common.

Taxes: There are no taxes added to goods purchased within Brazil. Restaurants and hotels usually add a 10% service tax. In Rio, there is also a 5% tax on hotels.

Telephones: Telephone numbers are listed with a three digit prefix (0-XX; XX being the number of a specific telephone provider), followed by the area code, followed by the phone number. The only code that works in all of Brazil is 21, the provider being Embratel (you would thus dial 021, then the areacode, then the number.)

Tipping: There is no expected tipping on top of the 10% service charge on restaurant and hotel bills. Taxi drivers usually do not get tipped. Bellboys get tipped R$1 (U.S.$0.50) per bag.

Holidays observed in Brazil
January 1: New Year's Day
Early February: Carnaval (varies year to year.)
April 21: Remembrance of Tiradentes
May 1: Labour Day
May or June: Corpus Christi
September 7: Independence Day
October 12: Nossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2: All Souls Day (Day of the Dead)
November 15: Proclamation of the Republic
December 25: Christmas Day
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