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Brazil uses 127/220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type N.
The languages that are typically spoken are Portuguese
Brazil uses the Brazilian real (symbol: R$), code BRL.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 reals. Real is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 1 real and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Brazil. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Brazil has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Brazil is on average 4.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Brazil is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 86.83 BRL, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 7 telecoms: Algar Telecom, Claro, Nextel, Oi, Sercomtel, TIM or Vivo. Brazil uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Brazil upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Brazil, dial +, then 55 (the country code for Brazil), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Brazil, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 11 .
In Brazil you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-80 km/h (37-49 mph) on undivided highways, 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on motorways and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on expressways.
Import and export information
Raw hides and the skins of amphibians and reptiles.
Narcotic substances and drugs.
Funds of R$10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) or more must be declared to the customs authorities.
Animals, plants, and their derivative products.
Weapons, ammunition, and other controlled products.
Medicine and medical products.
Libraries and documentary collections consisting of Brazilian works or works about Brazil edited in the 16th to 19th centuries may require consent from the Ministry of Culture.
Collections of periodicals with more than ten years of publication, as well as any originals and old copies of musical scores may require consent from the Ministry of Culture.
Any works of art and traditional crafts produced in Brazil until the end of the monarchical period, those originating in Portugal and incorporated into the national milieu during colonial and imperial regimes, and those produced abroad in those same periods, and which represent Brazilian personalities related to the history of Brazil or landscapes and customs of the country may require consent from theMinistry of Culture.
Tobacco:200 foreign made cigarettes;
Tobacco:25 cigars or cigarillos;
Tobacco:250 grams of tobacco.
Alcohol:Funds of R$10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) or more must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:Funds of R$10,000 (or its foreign equivalent) or more must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:10 units of toiletries purchased from duty free shops within Brazil.
Other items:3 units of watches, toys, games, and electronic equipment purchased from duty free shops within Brazil.
Other items:The value of the above products must not exceed US$500.
Cigarettes made in Brazil intended for sale abroad.
Branded cigarettes not marketed in the country of origin.
Counterfeit and pirated goods.
Products containing genetically modified organisms.
Agrochemicals and their components.
Merchandise harmful to morals, health, or public order.
Narcotic substances or drugs.
Animals, plants, and their derivative products require consent from theMinistry of Agriculture, Livestock and Farming.
Pets are subject to restrictions on import. For further information, please visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Farming.
Wild animals require consent from theMinistry of the Environment.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit CITES.
Medicine and medical products require consent from theNational Agency of Sanitary Surveillance.
Weapons, ammunition, and other products controlled by the Army require consent from the Brazilian Army.
Raw diamonds require consent from theMinistry of Mines and Energy.
Goods worth over R$3000 must be declared.
Chikungunya cases have been reported in Brazil. For further information, please visit the CDC Chikungunya Advice.
Dengue cases have been reported in Brazil. For further information, please visit the CDC Dengue Advice.
Chagas disease (American Trypanosomiasis) is spread by the faeces of insects found in Brazil.For further information, please visit the CDCChagas Disease Advice.