Travel health

South America Brazil

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

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
Dengue fever can be present in this country. To prevent infection, precautions against mosquito bites are recommended.
Lyme disease
The disease is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks. Ticks are found in certain areas, including forests, woodlands and tall grasses. Travellers should take steps to adequately protect themselves from insect bites. In case of tick bite, a consultation with a health care professional is recommended.
Schistosomiasis
Schistosomiasis is present in certain areas of the country. Avoid contact with fresh water (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).
Zika Virus
Precautions against mosquito bites are essential throughout the country. Women who are pregnant and couples trying to conceive should take specific measures while travelling and for several months after returning from a Zika-affected area.

Healthy Travelling

Prior to your departure, you may want to register for the "Registration of Canadians Abroad" service. This is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest. For more information, visist the Government of Canada Web site at travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

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 while abroad, you can contact:

Brasilia - Embassy of Canada
SES - Av. das Nações, Quadra 803, Lote 16, 70410-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil
Phone: 55 (61) 3424-5400
Fax: 55 (61) 3424-5490
brsla-cs@international.gc.ca

Belo Horizonte - Consulate of Canada
Edifício Lumière: Hospital de Olhos Dr. Ricardo Guimarães, Rua da Paisagem 220, 3º andar, Vila da Serra, 34000-000, Nova Lima, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brazil
Phone: 55 (31) 3047-1225
Fax: 55 (31) 3289-2150
belohorizonte@international.gc.ca

Rio De Janeiro - Consulate General of Canada
Av. Atlântica 1130, 13º andar, Copacabana, 22021-000 Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Phone: 55 (21) 2543-3004
Fax: 55 (21) 2275-2195
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
Phone: 55 (11) 5509-4321
Fax: 55 (11) 5509-4260
spalo-cs@international.gc.ca

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 whole length of your trip.
Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after your projected return date.

Bon voyage!

Recommended vaccines

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. The following 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.

General vaccination and immunization
Vaccines such as diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis and measles are part of every Canadian's routine immunization schedule. Make sure that you have been vaccinated and that you have received the required booster shots. Special recommendations may apply to poliomyelitis - refer to specialized agencies.
Hepatitis A
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Hepatitis B
Vaccination is recommended for most travellers.
Malaria
Malaria is endemic in certain areas of the country. Malaria prevention is recommended in such areas. Drugs of choice are: atovaquone proguanil, doxycycline, and mefloquine. Anti-mosquito protection can help prevent the acquisition of infections transmitted by mosquitoes.
Rabies
Vaccination is recommended for certain groups of travellers only. This includes people who will work in close contact with animals, such 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 be vaccinated. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, including via the ingestion of contaminated food or water.
Yellow fever
Vaccination can be recommended for certain travellers.