Medical treatment and hospitalisation overseas can be costly, so taking out a travel insurance policy with medical cover is a good idea. You might want to consider a comprehensive insurance policy that covers you for 24/7 emergency assistance, medical evacuation and repatriation in the event of a severe or fatal incident.
In the event of a medical emergency, you may be able to claim back the costs of emergency transport, medical treatment and hospital stays. Luckily, private hospitals in major cities in Brazil are adequate, although treatment is contingent on being able to pay or prove you’re insured. Public hospitals may treat you for free, but any medical professionals will typically not speak English.
By having a travel insurance plan in place for the worst, you can enjoy the best Brazil has to offer knowing that if you’re injured or ill, your trip insurance can cover your medical expenses (subject to the conditions of your policy).
Many roads in Brazil are poorly maintained and frequented by trucks, and motorists may disregard traffic lights in large cities.¹ If your rental car is damaged or stolen and you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy, your insurer may cover the cost if you owe the rental company an excess.
Smartraveller’s travel advice warns you to be aware of potential carjacking and theft and never to resist, as many criminals are armed and dangerous.1 If you’re taking a taxi, only use one you have prepaid for or that is part of the official taxi rank.
Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances lead to delays or trip cancellations. Luckily, a suitable policy may help cover you for costs you incur while getting your trip back on track. This is an important feature to look for in your travel insurance policy’s PDS.
Being prepared for theft by taking out the best travel insurance for your adventure could potentially save you hundreds of dollars. If your luggage, valuables, credit cards or even cash is stolen or lost, you may be able to recoup their value up to varying limits, depending on your policy and your claim limits.
Brazil can be a great place to visit, but it has a high crime rate and can be unsafe for tourists who don’t take the proper precautions. For instance, it’s recommended you don’t travel alone at night.1 You should also avoid all protests or rallies, as they can turn violent and your insurance company may not cover any injuries or losses caused by civil unrest.
Smartraveller lists some great ways you can stay out of trouble, including paying close attention to your surroundings at all times, being wary of how you move from place to place (e.g. avoid unlicensed taxis) and being careful with your belongings.1
When travelling to Brazil, planning your itinerary before departing is important. For example, the Carnaval Festival in Rio de Janeiro is held in either February or March, so plan your travels around this time if this is something you want to see. If you’re wondering what other things to do in Brazil, there is also the Amazon rainforest, and other iconic destinations such as Sao Paulo, Copacabana Beach and Iguazu Falls, which is on the border of Brazil and Argentina.
You must have a visa to enter Brazil and you’ll need to arrange it before you leave on your trip, as you can’t get one once you’ve arrived in the country.¹ If you’re entering Brazil for tourism, business or just transiting, you may be eligible for an electronic visa; otherwise, you’ll need to apply for a visa through the Brazilian embassy or consulate located in the capital city, Brasília.
According to Smartraveller, there are outbreaks of disease in Brazil.¹ These diseases include:
Other diseases prevalent in Brazil include HIV/AIDS, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, rabies and dengue fever.
Vaccinations are available for several of these diseases, and Smartraveller recommends you get vaccinated before your trip to Brazil. You may need to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon entry into the country.
1 Smartraveller. Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brazil. Accessed May 2023.