Travel advice for Brazil.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Brazil.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Real BRL

Currency exchange rate

BRL 100 = ~ CHF 22.25 ; CHF 1 = ~ BRL 4.49 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Practical Information:

National language

Official language

Portuguese

Language capabilities

English and Spanish

Time difference with Switzerland

2-5 h

Capital

Brasília

Country code for calling Switzerland

Depending on phone company: 0021 41 (Embratel), 0031 41 (Telemar) or 0023 41 (Iteliq/Bonari); disregard "0" preceding Swiss area codes

Voltage

110/127/220 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Brasilia, SES, Avenida das Nações, Quadra 811, Lote 41
Tel.: +55 61 34 43 55 00 / +55 61 34 43 39 22 / +55 61 34 43 39 34 / +55 61 34 43 39 69

Opening hours

Banks

10.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)

Driving
  • International driver's license required.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

  • CH sticker, first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and breakdown triangle mandatory.

  • Blood alcohol limit: 0.0 ‰.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Risk of dengue fever.

  • Risk of malaria in certain areas.

  • Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

  • Nighttime driving not advised due to high hold-up rate.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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