Brazil Everyday Life

Brazil Everyday Life

Currency: Real (R $)

Exchange rate:

Time zone: UTC-4 (Brasília) region / consider daylight saving time

Country code (phone): 0055 / (+55)

Climate (for capital): tropical

International Airport (IATA): GRU-São Paulo; GIG- Rio de Janeiro; BSB- Brasília

Practical advice

Albert Eckhout (1610-1665), Brazilian fruits

Albert Eckhout (1610-1665), Brazilian fruits

Entry and residence

Tourists and work stays

As a Western European, you do not need to apply for a visa for short-term stays (up to 90 days), but you must show a return ticket. You can find out more about entry, residence and departure from the German representations in the Brazil, a country located in South America according to aceinland.

All Brazilian children and adolescents under the age of 18 who are entering or leaving Brazil require a travel permit if they are not traveling with both parents. This also applies if one of the parents is not a Brazilian citizen. The declaration of consent (“Autorização de viagem de menores”) must be signed by the other parent.

Work stays are strictly controlled by the Brazilian authorities and should definitely be clarified with the Brazilian authorities beforehand. Generous processing times are to be expected.

Housing and supply

You can buy all common goods in Brazil. Supply problems can arise the further away one lives from the industrial centers.

The import of industrial finished goods (food processors for example) can lead to problems with the strength of the current (110 volts in most regions; 220 volts in some areas). Many devices (televisions, video recorders) from abroad are also not compatible with the Brazilian systems. The maintenance of these devices can also cause headaches. German entrepreneurs should also inquire about the import procedure in Brazil.

Exchange rates and money transfer

The Brazilian currency has been relatively stable since the real was introduced. This means that annual inflation rates are no longer in the double-digit range. The exchange rate fluctuated in 2012 between 2.20 and 2.50 reals per euro. At the beginning of 2016, because of the economic crisis, was 4.1 R $ per euro.

The banking system in Brazil is very modern. Transactions can be made nationwide within a day. However, cash transactions are very limited, probably also for security reasons. Most account holders use checks or even bank cards. Credit cards, including international ones, are widely accepted. However, there are also increasing cases of criminal abuse in this area.

To open an account, you need a tax number (CPF), which in turn is only issued with a residence permit. Money can only be deposited in Brazilian banks in local currency.

Money transfers from abroad should be processed through banks. It may take a little longer, but it’s perfectly legal. It is not advisable to go through informal money changers. They are repeatedly involved in illegal business that is often exposed during police raids.


Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais

Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais

When dealing with the bureaucracy, the inclusion of a personal discussion level often opens up possibilities that initially seemed closed. This particular form of circumvention of rules or regulations is so common in Brazil that a separate term has been coined for it: the “jeitinho brasileiro”. The jeitinho is not to be confused with bribing an official with money. In general, offers of money can in many situations have an impact against providers with purchasing power. The “jeitinho” is more about opening a back door out of a personal favor. The trick is to switch from a neutral, business relationship to a private one.

For those who have neither the time nor the skills to deal with the often opaque bureaucracy, a separate profession developed: the ‘despachante’. He does – for a fee – all the annoying administrative procedures and acts according to all the rules of the art.

Country overview

Brazil is divided into five regions, with a federal district and 26 federal states, which have significant differences in climate, vegetation, population and economy.

History & State

Brazilian history began in official historiography with the arrival of Portugal in 1500, which ushered in the colonial era. In the 19th century it became the seat of the Portuguese Empire (1808), then an independent empire (1822) and finally a republic (1889).

Economy & Development

The Brazilian economy is very dynamic and diversified, although the country’s competitiveness is among the lowest in the world. The country is one of the eight largest economies in the world. However, this does not reflect the human development of the country.

Society & culture

Brazilian society is extremely unequal and despite the seemingly peaceful ethnic mix of indigenous, European, African and oriental populations, racism and other forms of social and even regional discrimination are present in everyday Brazilian life.

Everyday & Practical Information

Everyday life in Brazil is closely linked to national and regional culture. The difference between urban and rural communities is huge and should be considered depending on the region itself. In terms of security, it is important to keep an eye on the high crime rate in cities.