Brazil Facts & Tips

  • U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. This visa must be applied for in person at an embassy (you can generally submit the application one day and pick it up the next) and can be obtained no more than 90 days before you depart for your trip. For full details obtaining a Brazilian visa, visit
  • Brazil is a large country and its most frequently visited cities are rather spread out. The best way to navigate travel between these destinations is to purchase an air pass which allows a certain number of flights for one flat rate. Inter-country flights may make multiple stops en route to your final destination, though it's rare that you would have to change planes.
  • Brazil's cities, particularly Rio, often concern foreign travelers due to the crime rate. Though travelers to Rio and other large cities are often safe, it is important to be mindful of yourself and your belongings when walking through the city. In Rio, the beaches and the Leblon area are considered to be the most comfortable for tourists. The best option, wherever you are in the city, is to not make yourself a target - conceal expensive jewelry, electronics, cameras and other highly-priced goods.