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    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
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        South America
      • Capital
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      • Currency
        Real (BRL)
      • Languages
        Portuguese, Spanish
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Brazil). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Yellow fever
    Vaccination is highly recommended for travellers 9 months and older going to the entire state of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Federal District of Brasilia (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocatins and designated areas of the following states: Bahia, Paraná, Piauí, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and São Paulo. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting Iguaçu Falls. Vaccination is not recommended for travelling in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    Moderate prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    Malaria is present in the regions of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Para, Rondonia, Roraima and Tocantins. Risk present in the cities of Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Macapa, Manaus, Santarem and Maraba, and in the periphery of these cities. The risk is important in the jungle, zones colonized for less than 5 years, forest and mining zones. No risk in the falls of Iguaçu.Mefloquine (Lariam), atovaquone combined with proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline (Vibramycin) are the drugs of choice.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers who are planning a long-term visit, expect to have close contact with local residents or who are planning stays outside tourist areas in unhygienic conditions. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Lyme disease
    travellers who visit infected rural areas, particularly campers and backcountry enthusiasts are more at risk. These travellers should properly protect themselves from insect bites.
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting regions where the virus is endemic and where it could be difficult to quickly get a post-exposure treatment and among travellers who will spend lots of time outdoors in rural areas. Vaccination is also recommended to children who will travel frequently or for long stays in a regions with risk, and which are too young to understand the precautions or to mention a bite.
    Schistosomiasis is present in certain areas of the country. Avoiding all contact with fresh water is recommended (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in Brazil, contact:

    Consulate of Canada
    Address: Consulado Honorário de Belo Horizonte (Edifício Lumiere: Hospital de Olhos Dr. Ricardo Guimarães), Rua da Paisagem 220, 3rd Floor, Vila da Serra, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 420, Belo Horizonte, Cep: 30161-970, Brazil
    Tel.: 55 (31) 3047-1225
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 0-800-891-6614
    Fax: 55 (31) 3289-2150

    Brazil - BRASILIA
    Embassy of Canada
    Address: Setor de Embaixadas Sul, Avenida das Nações, Quadra 803, Lote 16, 70410-900 Brasília, D.F., Brazil
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 216, Brasilia, D.F., 70359-970, Brazil
    Tel.: 55 (61) 3424-5400
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 0-800-891-6614
    Fax: 55 (61) 3424-5490

    Brazil - RIO DE JANEIRO
    Consulate General of Canada
    Address: Avenida Atlântica 1130, 5th Floor, Copacabana, 22021-000 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Tel.: 55 (21) 2543-3004
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 0-800-891-6614
    Fax: 55 (21) 2275-2195

    Brazil - SÃO PAULO
    Consulate General of Canada
    Address: Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas - Torre Norte, Avenida das Nações Unidas, 12901, 16th Floor, 04578-000 São Paulo, Brazil
    Tel.: 55 (11) 5509-4321
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 0-800-891-6614
    Fax: 55 (11) 5509-4260

    While in Brazil, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 800-890-0014. Public phones may require coins or a phone card.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!