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?


Weather

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?

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?


Pets

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


Money

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?


Phones

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?


Legal

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


Education

Are my children eligible to attend public school in Brazil?


Language Resources

Where can I find Portuguese classes and/or tutors?

Classes

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?

Smartphone/tablet

What are some Portuguese idioms/phrases?

Where can I find a translation service?