You may be wondering how this important trip to Rio will be, what to pack and how you will go about the city (assuming that you are not fluent in Portuguese). Thus, we decided to give you a hand by gathering some useful and important information about your trip.
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All foreign travelers must carry passports valid for 6 months from the date of their arrival in Brazil. Otherwise, they must renew the document with at least 60 days prior to their arrival in the country.
Brazil adopts the reciprocity principle as a policy for issuing visas to foreign visitors. This means that all traveler from a country that requires a visa from Brazilian citizens will also need an authorization to enter Brazil. Citizens from Mercosur member countries are not required to carry a visa, only a valid passport or ID card.
To get more information about documents and procedures related to visa granting, contact the Brazilian Embassy/Consulate in your country of origin.
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HOW TO ARRIVE
Located at Ilha do Governador, the Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão) is easily accessed by modern expressways. Twenty-six international Airlines and all Brazilian airlines operate in the airport.
The Santos Dumont Airport, located next to downtown operates regional flights, connecting the country´s main capital cities, executive jets and small aircrafts.
Excellent taxi and bus services connect the airports to the city´s main hotels and residential areas. If you wish to rent a car, there are several car rentals at the airport terminal.
Rio de Janeiro International Airport Tom Jobim (Galeão): Phone – information: +55 (21) 3398-5050 Flights: +55 (21) 3398-4527 / 3398-4526.
For Domestic Flights – Santos Dumont Airport: Information and flights +55 (21) 3814-7070
The Novo Rio Bus Terminal is the largest in Rio de Janeiro and offers transportation services that guarantee comfort during your bus trips. The structure is highly complete, offering several types of services and facilitating the access of people with special needs and/or restricted mobility. Forty-two bus companies operate at the terminal and 219 lines make the daily transportation of passengers, 165 interstate, 48 inter-municipal and 06 international, operating in South American countries such as Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.
Address: Avenida Francisco Bicalho, 01 – Santo Cristo
Cep: 20220-310 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ
You can arrive in Rio de Janeiro through several federal and state highways.
Tourists with foreign driver´s licenses can drive in Brazil for a period of less than 180 days. For longer stays, you must apply for a corresponding Brazilian driver´s license. It´s essential to carry a valid ID and foreign driver´s license.
Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer goes from December to March with temperatures between 25°C and 42°C. In the winter, the temperature goes from 20°C during the day and 16°C at night.
Regardless of the season, we recommend you bring a bathing suit and a coat since the weather can change suddenly in some locations, mainly in the mountain and in regions by the coast.
Climate in Brazil varies from tropical, in the Northern region of the country to temperate in the Southern region.
People dress informally all over the country. In general, Brazilians wear light cotton shirts,shorts, dresses and skirts during the day, and long-sleeved shirts and leather shoes in the evening.
During the winter (June to September), we recommend something warmer, since the temperature can be relatively low, specially in the South.
During work relations, we recommend formal clothes.
The official language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese.
Some Brazilians speak English, especially in large cities, and they may understand Spanish, mainly if spoken slowly.
See some useful expressions below, which may help you during your trip to Brazil:
|Bom dia||Buen dia||Good morning|
|Boa tarde||Buenas tardes||Good afternoon|
|Boa noite||Buenas noches||Good evening/night|
|Qual é o seu nome?||¿Cuál es su nombre?||What is your name?|
|Você fala inglês/espanhol?||¿Usted habla portugués/inglés?||Do you speak portuguese/spanish?|
|Por favor||Por favor||Please|
|Com licença||Permiso||Excuse me|
|Pode me ajudar, por favor?||¿Puedes ayudarme, por favor?||Could you help me, please?|
|Pode falar mais devagar, por favor?||¿Puede hablar más despacio, por favor?||Could you speak slowly, please?|
|Quanto custa isso?||¿Cuanto cuesta eso?||How much is it?|
To avoid having bad experiences during your visit, some precautions are necessary. Always keep an eye on your belongings. Do not leave mobile phones and cameras unattended. Leave passports and valuable objects in the hotel safe and always take with you an identification document with a picture.
The Rio de Janeiro Police provides a unit – the BTUR – specialized in patrolling the city of Rio to protect tourists. Properly trained and equipped to attend police occurrences involving tourists, the unit is in charge of patrolling tourist attractions, beaches and areas surrounding the hotels.
BPTUR – Batalhão de Policiamento em Áreas Turísticas (Special Police Unit for Tourist Support) address: Rua São Clemente, 345 Botafogo 22260-001 Rio de Janeiro -RJ Tel: +55 (21) 3399-7565 / +55 69 (21) 3399-7457 call center +55 (21) 3399-7562 intelligence service Fax: +55 (21) 3399-7450.
The DEAT – A Delegacia de Atendimento ao Turista (Special Police Precinct for Tourist Assistance) – a Civil Police division responsible for investigating and registering eventual incidents. The Precinct has specially trained police officers to help foreign visitors.
Delegacia de Atendimento ao Turista (Special Police Precinct for Tourist Assistance) – DEAT Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº – Leblon 22430-060 Rio de Janeiro – Brasil Phone: +55 (21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170 Fax: +55 (21) 3399-7172
Health public services in Brazil are free for tourists. Therefore, in case if an emergency, tourists can call 192 for SAMU (the Mobile Emergency Care Service). The call is free of charge.
Before coming to Brazil, it is highly recommended that you take travel health insurance and bring the list of medications you are currently taking, with some basic health information provided by your doctor.
Drink only mineral water and avoid eating at places with inadequate hygiene.
Vaccines against any disease are not mandatory for foreigners coming to Brazil. However, there are Vaccination Recommendation Areas (ACRV), mainly for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Poliomyelitis, and Malaria. For more information, contact the Ministry of Health.
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Smoking is forbidden inside any public facility as well as hotels, bars and restaurants and company offices.
Smoking is only allowed outdoors, on streets and parks.
ANATEL, the National Telecommunications Agency is the Brazilian government company responsible for telephone operations in Brazil.
The code for making international calls to Brazil is +55. All regions have two-digit codes (Rio de Janeiro is 21) and fixed phones have eight digits all over the country. Cell phones, on the other hand, have nine digits.
For long distance calls in the country, dial 0 + operator code + city code + telephone number.
For international calls from Brazil, dial 00 + operator code+ country code + city code + telephone number.
When calling a free phone (toll-free) number (0900, 0800, 0300, 900, 800), you do not need to dial the operator code.
The use of foreign cell phones in Brazil depends on the technology used and compatibility with the Brazilian operators. Check cell phone use conditions in Brazil with your operator. To purchase a local pre-paid card is simple and it will require only a valid identity document.
Some Useful Phones:
190 – MP – Military Police
191 – PRF – Federal Highway Police
192 – SAMU – Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgência (Mobile Emergency Medical Services)
193 – Fire Department
197 – Civil Police
199 – Civil Defense
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Brazilian time zone is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
At many bars and restaurants in the country, we recommend the payment of a 10% service fee over the total value of the bill. In general, this fee is already added to the bill.
Taxi drivers do not request tips, although most passengers round the fare up when satisfied with the service. For bell hops at the hotel and airport porters, we recommend the payment of R$3,00 per bag.
Public transportation such as buses is offered in most Brazilian cities. Trains and subways are usually found in large urban centers. All over the country, transportation can be done by taxi or urban transportations apps.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Brazilian food is very rich in flavors and textures, with ingredients varying from region to region, based on the influence of colonizers and climate conditions. However, the country´s staple food includes rice, beans and meat.
All kinds of alcoholic beverages can be found in Brazil, especially beer and “cachaça” a traditional Brazilian drink. “Cachaça” is used to prepare the famous Brazilian “caipirinha”, together with slices of lime. The preparation of natural juices is highly disseminated in Brazil due to the great number of tropical fruits grown in the country. Coffee is another typical Brazilian drink usually served in a demitasse and very strong.
Electrical voltage in Brazil varies from 110V to 220V, depending on the location.
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The current system used in Brazil is compliant with European standard PLUG type C. Other models should purchase adapters.
Most offices open at 9am and close at 6pm, from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Most Shopping Malls open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10 pm and on Sundays from 3pm to 9pm. Rio has many 24-hour convenience Stores. Banks open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.