Brazil Vaccinations and Travel Advice

Brazil Vaccinations and Travel Advice

While traveling to Brazil, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Many dream of experiencing Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated carnival or paying a general visit to this warm and atmospheric country. Full of contrasts and lively culture, Brazil will be sure to satisfy all visitor expectations. Displaying great emphasis on music, dance and mosaics, its diverse cultural influences make for a perfect touristic destination. Wilderness enthusiasts will be delighted to explore various national parks and the Amazon rainforest. For those seeking more of a relaxing stay, they will be able to do so on the 8000km stretches of beautiful coastline. For adventurous travellers, the Iguaçu Falls, the various climbing sites and Rio da Barra (for its paragliding and hang-gliding activities) are worth visiting. Brazil remains alive at night, so be sure to experience the nightlife at some point during your stay.

While traveling to Brazil, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
Aerial view of the Christ, The Redeemer Monument and the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What vaccines do I need for Brazil in 2021?

The Government of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccinations for travelling to Brazil in 2021: MeaslesHepatitis ATyphoidHepatitis BMalariaRabiesYellow Fever, Flu, COVID-19.

Recommended travel vaccinations for Brazil

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Brazil

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Medical Care in Brazil

Brazil is a popular destination for tourists seeking a change of scenery, yet sanitary conditions are not always ideal. Despite these conditions, it is possible to access good medical care in large cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. There are 5900 hospitals in the country, 60% of which are private and located in urban areas. Popular with Americans and expatriates staying in the country, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo, also established in Rio de Janeiro and  Brasilia, offers a wide range of specialized services. In Rio de Janeiro, many hospitals provide quality care.  For instance, the Samaritano Hospital specializes in cardiac care in addition to other specialized and basic care. Medical treatments are generally more expensive in Brazil. For emergency medical assistance, dial 192 or 55 11 2151-1233 to request private ambulance services from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in São Paulo.

Risk Advisory – Is Brazil Safe for Travel?

Safety and SecurityDescriptive
CrimeVery high risk
Favelas and gang-related violenceHigh risk
DemonstrationsRisk of violence
Road safetyHigh risk; Hazardous driving
Public transportationSafe; Only use licensed taxis
Women’s safetyRisk present
Borders with Colombia and VenezuelHigh risk
HealthZika virus and yellow fever warning
Risk levelHigh degree of caution

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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Brazil?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Brazil. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Brazil information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Brazil (BRASILIA)
Street Address:
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 803,
Lote 16, 70410-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil

Tel.: 55 (61) 3424-5400
Fax: 55 (61) 3424-5490

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate to Brazil (BELO HORIZONTE)
Street Address:
Edifício Lumière: Hospital de Olhos Dr. Ricardo Guimarães, Rua da Paisagem 220, 3º andar, Vila da Serra, 34000-000, Nova Lima, Belo Horizonte – MG, Brazil

Tel.: 55 (31) 3047-1225
Fax: 55 (31) 3289-2150

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate General to Brazil (RIO DE JANEIRO)
Street Address:
SAv. Atlântica 1130, 13º andar, Copacabana,
22021-000 Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil

Tel.: 55 (21) 2543-3004
Fax: 55 (21) 2275-2195

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Consulate General to Brazil (SÃO PAULO)
Street Address:
Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas – Torre Norte, Av. das
Nações Unidas, 12901, 16º andar, 04578-000 São Paulo – SP, Brazil

Tel.: 55 (11) 5509-4321
Fax: 55 (11) 5509-4260

Email: [email protected]

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