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 Time.

    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 important cities:

    London: -3 Chicado:+3
    Frankfurt: -4 Los Angeles: +5
    New York: +2 Sidney: -10
    Madrid: -4  


    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 or consulate.


    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 acceptance.

    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.

    Operator Codes:
    Embratel: 21
    Telefonica: 15
    Telemar: 31
    Intelig: 23

    Useful telephone Numbers
    Embratel International operator: 0800-703-2111
    Telephone directory enquiries: 102

    Major long distance company access codes are as follows:

    AT&T: 0800-890-0288
    MCI: 0800-890-0012
    Telecom Italia: 0800-890-3911
    British Telecom (BT): 0800-890-4411
    France Telecom: 0800-890-3311
    Telefonica: 0800-890-3411
    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:

    São Paulo: 11 Curitiba: 41 Salvador: 71
    Rio de Janeiro: 21 Porto Alegre: 51 Recife: 81
    Belo Horizonte: 31 Brasília: 61 Manaus: 92


    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.

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