FCO Travel Advice for - Brazil

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  • The rainy season runs from November to March in the south and south east and from April to July in the north east of the country. Monitor local media and follow advice given by the local authorities. See Natural Disasters

  • Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro state in March 2013 have caused landslides in Petropolis in the mountainous Serrana region, resulting in several deaths and the destruction of hundreds of homes. Take extra care if you are in the region.

  • Levels of crime and violence are high, particularly in major cities. You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods. Bank card fraud is common. See Crime

  • 149,564 British nationals visited Brazil in 2011. Most visits are trouble free. See Consular assistance statistics

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • Drug trafficking is widespread in Brazil, and incurs severe penalties. See Local Laws and Customs

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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