Useful Information

What is the duty free allowance for Brazil?

The following goods may be brought into Brazil by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

12 litres of alcohol
200 cigarettes, 25 cigars and 250g of tobacco
20 items (such as small gifts) worth up to USD $10 each (or USD $5 if arriving via land)

The total value of the above items should not exceed USD $500 if arriving via air or sea or USD $300 if arriving via land, river or lake. In addition to the USD $500 limit, travellers can buy goods up to USD $500 in value at the duty-free shop on arrival in Brazil. The following limits apply:

24 units of alcohol, limited to 12 units per type of drink.
20 packs of cigarettes made outside Brazil, 25 cigars and 250g of tobacco.
10 toiletry items including cosmetics.
3 of the following: watches, toys, games or electronic items.

The following are banned from being imported into Brazil: Toy, replica and imitation firearms, illegal drugs, cigarettes and drinks manufactured in Brazil intended for sale abroad, unlicensed wildlife species, and counterfeit and pirated goods.
Restricted items which you must declare and have prior authorization for include firearms and ammunition, drugs (other than prescribed drugs for personal use), animals, animal products, plants and seeds.

What is the currency in Brazil? OANDA The currency in Brazil is the Real (R$). Check OANDA for the latest exchange rates. ATMs are available in all large towns and cities, although there can sometimes problems withdrawing money. The most widely accepted credit cards in Brazil are Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of cash and cards is best. Although most major currencies can be exchanged locally, US Dollars are the most widely accepted. Exchange facilities are available at airports, banks or bureau de changes and it's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as there is often a lack of small change. Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

What sort of plugs do I need for Brazil and what is the voltage? The voltage in Brazil is not fixed and it can be either 110V or 220V. The type of plug required is either a US style flat 2 pin plug or a European round 2 pin plug. We recommend packing a universal travel adaptor that will allow you to use a hairdryer, electric shaver, charge a mobile phone or other electrical items. You may need a voltage converter in order to use U.S. appliances.

Is WiFi widely available in Brazil? Brazil’s big cities are filled with WiFi spots. Restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, malls and some public plazas all have decent connections and are usually free for customers. In more rural areas, including the Amazon, WiFi will be scarce but travellers will probably be able to find some sort of connection somewhere but it might be a lot slower and unreliable than what you are used to.

What time zone is Brazil on? In the winter (March to September), there are three time zones. In the summer, there are four time zones. The coast including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador and inland up to Brasilia is 2 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, and the Amazon are one hour ahead of EST. The state of Acre and the western part of the Amazon follow EST time. The fourth time zone is a resultant from elected officials who refuse to follow daylight savings time; the cities included in this vary according to who is elected.

What about the climate in Brazil? The climate varies from arid scrubland inland to impassable tropical rainforest of the northerly Amazon jungle and the tropical eastern coastal beaches. The south is more temperate. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north (average number of days when there is some rain is 22); April to July in the northeast (average number of days when there is some rain 14); December to March in the Rio/Sao Paulo area (average number of days when there is some rain is 10). Brazil's climate ranges from tropical in the north to temperate in the south. Throughout the country, however, dress is informal. Generally, light cotton shirts, shorts, dresses and trousers are ideal for day wear, whilst in the evenings long- sleeved shirts and leather shoes are normal. You will not normally need a jacket and tie in Brazil. In their winter (June/September) it is worth bringing something warm, as the temperature can be quite cool in the south of the country.