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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Brazil Travel Requirements

Travellers Essentials

Getting There
By Air:
Brazil's national airline is Varig(RG).

By Sea:
Passenger cruises from Europe are run by Lamport and Holt lines. Other cruise lines, some of which also organise cruises down the Amazon, are Lindblad Travel, Delta, Costa and Society Expeditions.

By Rail:br> The main international routes include Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro-Santiago, Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo-Montevideo, Sao Paulo-Bauru-Corumba- Santa Cruz-La Paz, Sao Paulo-Antofagasta.

By Road:
It is possible to drive or take a bus to Brazil from the USA, but it is wise to check any changes in political status or requirements in Central America before traveling.

Getting Around
By Air:
There is a shuttle service between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, a regular service between cities. By Sea:
River transport is the most efficient method of travel in the Amazon Delta.

By Rail:
Limited rail connections exist to most major cities and towns, but there has been a substantial decline in the provision of long-distance services from the 18 major regional networks.

By Road:
Brazil has 1,940,400km (1,202,800 miles) of roads. Traffic drives on the right.

Social Conventions
Handshaking is customary on meeting and taking one's leave, and normal European courtesies are observed. Frequent offers of coffee and tea are customary. Flowers are acceptable as a gift on arrival or following a visit for a meal. A souvenir from the visitor's home country will be well-received as a gift of appreciation. Casual wear is normal, particularly during hot weather. The Catholic Church is highly respected in the community, something which should be kept in mind by the visitor.

10-15% is usual for most services not included on the bill.

Real (R$) = 100 Centavos. Notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of R$1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

Credit cards
MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are accepted.

Currency Restrictions
The import and export of local currency is unlimited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, provided amounts over US$1000 are declared on arrival; the export of foreign currency is limited to US$4000 per person (amounts in excess need special approval from the Brazilian Central Bank).

Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of entry required by all except nationals of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay arriving in Brazil directly from their own countries and holding a national identity card.

A valid visa is required by all except the following:
a)Nationals of EU countries for touristic stays of up to 90 days.
b)Nationals of Andorra, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Slovenia, South Africa, Surinam, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Vatican City and Venezuela for touristic stays of up to 90 days.
c)Transit passengers continuing their journey to a third country by the same or first connecting flight, provided holding onward documentation and not leaving the airport.


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