Helpful Links: Brazil

General Information

Which time zone is Brazil in?

What holidays are observed?

What business hours are held?

What post office/mail/parcel services are available?

How do I address letters to Brazil?

What is the manner of dress in Brazil?

Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?

Which electrical outlets are used?

University Life

Where can I find a list of Brazilian universities?

What scholarships are available to me?

What is the average tuition?

What is the salary of a professor?


What is the weather like in Brazil?

What is the weather forecast for this week?

What about extreme weather?

Moving Around

Is my driver’s license valid in Brazil?

How can I obtain a Brazilian driver’s license?

How can I obtain an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP)?

Is my International Driving Permit recognized in Brazil?

Which side of the road do I drive on?

Can I rent a car?

How can I travel around within Brazil?

Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?

Visa Information

Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?

What type of visa do I need?

How long is my visa valid for?

  • From 30 days to two years, depending on visa type.

Can I get a visa extension?

Am I allowed to work with my visa?

Am I allowed to study on my visa?

What is the cost of a visa?

How long before departure should I apply for my visa?

What documents should I have prepared for my visa?

I was refused a visa, can I reapply?

  • Yes, but you must prove, with supporting evidence, that the reasons for which your previous application was denied are no longer valid.

Can I bring my spouse/children with me?

Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?

  • All visa types are generally multiple entry.

What customs information do I need to know?

My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

How can I become permanent resident?


Can I bring my pet with me to Brazil?

Can I return home with my pet?

  • Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.

Medical Issues

Will my medical insurance work in Brazil?

Can I bring my prescription medicine into Brazil?

My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?

  • No, you must get a prescription from a Brazilian doctor.

What medications am I not permitted to bring into Brazil?

What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to Brazil?

Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?

  • Call 192 for an ambulance

How do I find a doctor?

US Embassy List


What is the current exchange rate?

Where can I change my money?

What is required to open a Brazilian bank account?

Can I obtain a Brazilian credit card?

Will my debit/credit card work in Brazil?

Do I have to pay taxes?

What are the average costs of living?

How does tipping work?

How can I make international money transfers?


Which is the best phone service provider?

Will my current phone work in Brazil?

Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?

Can I rent a cell phone in Brazil?

What is the country code for Brazil?

  • 55

How can I call home?

  • dial 010+1+ telephone number

Are there international calling cards available?

What about calls/video chatting on the internet?


How do I become a citizen?

What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

Additional Questions

How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

  • Dial 192 for Medical Emergency
  • Dial 197 for Police

Contact your nearest embassy/consulate


Are my children eligible to attend public school in Brazil?

Language Resources

Where can I find Portuguese classes and/or tutors?



Are there any online Portuguese study materials?

Are there any phone apps for improving my Portuguese?

Where can I find an English-Portuguese bilingual dictionary?


What are some Portuguese idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?