Visas and Health in Brazil

Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Brazil, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.


Political regime: Federal Republic
Capital: Brasilia
Area: 8,516,876 sq km
Population: 209.3 million
Languages spoken: Portuguese
Currency: Réal

Visas Brazil

Holders of French, Belgian, Swiss and European Union passports are exempt from visa requirements for travel to Brazil, for a maximum of 90 days after entering the country. If you are European and are going to Brazil for less than 3 months, you will be exempted from the visa requirement.

French Embassy in Brasilia
Avenida das Naçoès – Lote 04 – Quadra 801
CEP 70404-900 – Brasilia DF
Tel: 55 33 129 100
Fax: 55 33 129 108

Brazilian Embassy in Paris
34, Albert 1st course – 75008 Paris

Vaccines and Safety in Brazil


  • Compulsory vaccines and certificates: The yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over the age of six months from an endemic area. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers to rural areas in the following states: Acre, Amazonas, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para, Rondonia, Amapa and Roraima…
  • Recommended vaccines and certificates: For adults, don’t forget vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, meningitis A and C and for at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies. For children, don’t forget the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), meningitis A and C (long stay for 18-month-old travelers), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
  • Local diseases: In Brazil, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, bites of spiders, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, yellow fever, Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis), hepatitis A and B, leishmaniasis, sexually transmitted diseases, meningitis, malaria, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.


Brazil is a country where crime has a strong presence. It is not uncommon for tourists to be victims of robberies or even violent or armed assaults. In case of aggression, especially do not resist and give what you have to your abuser so as not to endanger your life. Don’t try to act irresponsibly. In order to avoid this happening as much as possible, don’t walk around with too much money on yourself and avoid attracting attention. Road accidents are the most common causes of death each year after homicides. So be very careful if you get behind the wheel. Be careful if you are travelling during the dry season. Fires are very common in Brazil and are the number of casualties every year.

Health insurance in Brazil

Why take international health insurance when travelling or residing in Brazil? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Brazil in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical center or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to Charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.

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