Brazil Travel Advice

From: Brazil Travel Guide

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Brazil Travel Advice
When travelling to any country, try to be as prepared as possible and pack your common sense.

Crime levels are especially high in major cities and even more so during carnival time. Poorer areas within the cities are often subject to more violent crime and you are advised to avoid these areas especially at night time.

Food and Drink
Food and drink hygiene varies considerably depending on where you are in the country and the individual vendor in question, with food preparation and cooking standards often in question especially in rural areas. That being said most cities have treated water making it safe to drink, prepare food and drinks, allowing you the chance to make the most of exploring Brazil's varied cuisine and its many superb restaurants.

Out of cities avoid drinking the tap water use bottled instead and use your own judgement on food and drinks from street vendors. Basic advice would be to ensure that all food is piping hot before consuming especially with regards to buffets and only use pasteurized milk products.

Be aware that here are some buildings that do not permit photography such as churches and military establishments.

Natural Disasters
The rainy season which runs roughly from November through to March can cause flooding and landslides especially in rural areas, with the southern states of Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina and areas of northeastern Brazil sometimes affected.

It is advisable as with many travel destinations to take out full health insurance and visit your physician a good 4 to 6 weeks prior to travelling to ensure that you have the correct vaccinations and any medication that is necessary for your trip. If you suffer from any significant medical conditions then medical bracelet should be worn and a letter from your GP regarding any medication or prescription's can be useful if you run into any problems whilst in Brazil. It is also a good idea to take your own first aid kit, simply for convenience and to save time.

Health and Travel Insurance
Comprehensive travel and health insurance is highly recommended and ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to do and are aware of any exclusions within the policy.