There are four official time zones in Brazil. The standard
time zone in Brazil is three hours behind GMT and it
is called "Brasília Time". The major cities, like São
Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Salvador and all
the eastern cost follow the same time. One hour behind
Brasília Time is the zone of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso
do Sul, and the Amazonas states. State of Acre and part
of the Amazonas are two hours behind Brasília Time and
thus five hours behind GMT. Fernando de Noronha, the
island east of the mainland, is one hour ahead of Brasília
Between November and March, part of the country (mainly
the south part) put the clock ahead 1 hour. Hence, there
is a time difference between the north and the south.
This is made with the objective of saving energy.
Normal time difference between Rio de Janeiro and some
||Los Angeles: +5
|New York: +2
VISAS & PASSPORTS
Nationals of EU countries do not require a visa.
Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens will
need a visa in advance from the local embassy.
Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay citizens, arriving
in Brazil directly from their own countries, will be
accepted if holding a national identity card.
Visitors below the age of 18 years will need an authorization
from a parent or legal guardian.
Remember that regulations and requirements can change
at any time. Check for more details at Brazilian embassy
Credit Cards are accepted in many places, especially
in big cities, what cannot be said for some ecologic
destinations. Most of the Jungle resorts in Amazon do
not take credit cards.
Visa and Mastercard are the two credit cards with largest
If you need to report a lost or stolen credit card or
have any questions, you can contact the agencies anywhere
in Brazil with the following numbers:
- Visa (the telephone you should call depends of the
bank issuer of the credit card. If you don't know this
number, call GCAS - Global Customer Assistance Services.
For Visa Classic
1-800-847-2911 - United States and Canadá
1-410-581-9994 - Other Countries (collect)
- Diners Club (tel. 0800-784-480)
- American Express (tel. 0800-785-050)
- MasterCard (tel. 0800-891-3294)
Brazil's currency is the Real (BRR). Real notes come
in denominations of BRR 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00,
50.00 and 100.00.
It is forbidden to use foreign currencies to pay goods
and services. American Dollar and Euro can be easily
exchanged in many houses and banks all over the country.
The exchange rate is about R$2.30 per 1 US$ (September/05).
It is not easy to find exchange houses that accept Brazilian
Real abroad, but we suggest getting a small amount of
currency before you leave your home country, if possible.
It's also a good idea not to carry too much money.
- New Year's Day - 1 January
- Carnival - February
- Tiradentes 21 April
- Easter- April
- Labor Day -1 May
- Corpus Christi - June
- Independence Day - 7 September
- Day of Our Lady Aparecida- 12 October
- All Souls' Day - 2 November
- Republic Day - 15 November
- Christmas Day - 25 December
The telephone code for Brazil is 55. Full IDD services
are available for both local and international calls.
For international calls dial 00 + Operator code + country
code + phone number.
For intl. collect calls dial 900 + Operator code + country
code + phone number.
For domestic long distance calls dial 0 + Operator code
+ city code + phone number.
For collect calls dial 90 + Operator code + city code
+ phone number.
Useful telephone Numbers
Embratel International operator: 0800-703-2111
Telephone directory enquiries: 102
Major long distance company access codes are as follows:
Telecom Italia: 0800-890-3911
British Telecom (BT): 0800-890-4411
France Telecom: 0800-890-3311
Telecom (Germany): 0800-890-4911
KDDI (Japan): 0800-890-8111
In hotels it is usually much cheaper to use your international
calling card than paying the local rates. Make sure
you bring the access number to dial your operator when
using your calling card.
Some important city codes:
|Rio de Janeiro: 21
||Porto Alegre: 51
|Belo Horizonte: 31
Electrical current ranges from 110 volts to 220 volts.
The most common power points have two round sockets
and it is advisable to carry an adaptor.