Travel health

South America Brazil

Population
210,147,000
Capital
Brasilia
Currency
Real (BRL)
Language(s)
Portuguese

During your stay

Once there, stay alert as you could be exposed to other diseases for which no vaccines or preventive treatments are available.

Dengue
Dengue fever may be present in this country. To avoid infection, mosquito protection is recommended.
Schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is present in certain regions of the country. Avoid all contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).
Zika Virus
Mosquito protection is essential throughout the country. Women who are pregnant and couples trying to conceive should take appropriate measures while travelling, and for several months after their return.

Assistance abroad

It is recommended that travellers purchase a travel insurance policy that includes a 24-hour emergency assistance service to help them access care and coordinate payment. Be sureto have your insurance company’s phone number with you at all times.

It is also recommended that you sign up for the “Registration of Canadians Abroad” service. This is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case ofan emergency abroad or at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For more information, visit theGovernment of Canada website at:travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

The Canadian Government has several offices abroad that can provide you with various services when faced with a medical emergency, including:

  • Providing you with names of doctors and health care facilities.
  • Visiting you in the hospital and providing translation/interpretation services.
  • Arranging for a medical evacuation if you require treatment that is not available in the area (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government but areusually covered by your travel insurance).

If you need any help while travelling, contact:

Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:
Police (military)
190
Medical assistance
192
Firefighters
193

Consular services

Brasilia - Embassy of Canada
  • SES - Av. das Nações, Quadra 803, Lote 16, 70410-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil
  • +55 61 3424 5400
  • +55 61 3424 5490
  • brsla-cs@international.gc.ca
Belo Horizonte - Honorary consul of Canada
  • +55 21 2543-3004
  • rio-cs@international.gc.ca
Rio De Janeiro - Consulate General of Canada
  • Av. Atlântica 1130, 13º andar, Copacabana, 22021-000 Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
  • +55 21 3444 0300
  • +55 21 3444 0319
  • rio-cs@international.gc.ca
São Paulo - Consulate General of Canada
  • Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas - Torre Norte, Av. das Nações Unidas, 12901, 16º andar, 04578-000 São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • +55 11 5509 4321
  • spalo-cs@international.gc.ca

Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Several countries also require travelers’ passports to be valid up to six months beyond the expectedreturn date.

Recommended vaccines

Below is a list of immunizations (vaccines) and screenings recommended or required by local health authorities for Canadians travelling to this destination. Note that these aregeneral recommendations. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a Travel Health Clinic. If you need several vaccines, plan aheadand give yourself several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

General vaccination and immunization
Vaccines, including diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of Canada's routine immunization schedule. Check to make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster doses. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis, refer to the specialized agencies.
COVID-19
When planning a trip, it is recommended that you consult official notices from the Canadian government and your travel destination. You may need to comply with entry requirements at your destination and upon your return to Canada. In addition, complete vaccination is recommended for most travellers. A vaccination certificate may be required.
Hepatitis A
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Hepatitis B
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Malaria
Malaria is present in certain regions of the country. Consequently, prophylaxis is recommended in these regions. Drugs of choice are: atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, and mefloquine. Also, mosquito protection may lower the risk of contracting mosquito-borne infections such as malaria.
Rabies
Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work there as veterinarians, wildlife workers or spelunkers, as well as adventure travellers. Vaccination is also recommended for children in special circumstances.
Typhoid fever
Most travellers should consider vaccination. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, especially through the ingestion of contaminated food or water.
Yellow fever
Vaccination may be recommended for certain travellers.