Travelling to Brazil
Travel, transportation and traffic
Rio de Janeiro
For several years now there have been efforts in Brazil to guide mass tourism, which is often environmentally damaging, into ecologically compatible and at the same time development-promoting channels. In all regions of Brazil, ecotourism development poles are being created in cooperation with the public sector, business and local residents. Before you leave the country, you should definitely find out about useful preventive health measures.
Good maps and travel guides in Brazil are difficult to find in print. For traveling in the country, the Guia Quatro Rodas is the most reliable road atlas. It appears annually in an updated new edition. The same publisher (Editora Abril) also publishes soberly presented, but always updated and reliable travel guides on various topics (beach, hotel guides) under the same name. About the Amazon, the Pantanal and the north-east there is also recently excellent guide in Brazil, which are also available in an English edition.
On the way to and in Brazil
Flights to Brazil mostly lead to the international airport Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek (BSB) south of Brasilia, to the international airport of Rio de Janeiro (GIG) or São Paulo (GRU).
If you travel to different regions or cities on domestic flights, you may be able to save on travel expenses with a Brazil Air Pass. As a means of transport for long distances, coaches can also be considered.
Security for foreigners
Being a foreigner in Brazil is not difficult. Since a large part of the population has immigrants as their immediate ancestors, the basic attitude towards the newcomers is positive.
Of course, this trust bonus can also be gambled away through inappropriate behavior. Brazilians like to criticize their own country, its elites and its customs. However, this should not be understood as a license, because the same criticism from the mouth of a foreigner can be received very differently.
Brazil is a country located in South America according to a2zgov. Foreigners are counted among the social elite based on their actual or assumed economic status. The Brazilian middle and upper classes are increasingly victims of property crimes. The spectrum ranges from pickpocketing, car theft and house burglary to kidnapping people for the purpose of blackmail. Without wanting to be alarmed, one should know that the homicide rate is currently 29 homicides per 100,000 residents annually. This major security problem applies, especially in the big cities to be observed. It is best to stick to the habits of the people who live there: For example, that you do not spend unnecessarily on the streets in the evenings and at night, that you leave the windows in the car, that you do not carry your backpacks, that you do not drive on the autobahn at night. you should always have a little money with you and not take hitchhikers with you.
Small helpful tips for more security:
– Do not carry large sums of cash with you;
– attract little attention, carry few valuables with you;
– use the hotel safe;
– Have documents copied and certified;
– Do not radiate uncertainty, even if you get lost;
– Do not carry any backpacks;
– Do not wear video and photo cameras around your neck, but carry them in a bag;
– Do not resist when threatened;
– In the event of robberies, hand over all cash immediately.
Public and private health care system
Before leaving the country, you should definitely find out from the health authorities in Germany which preventive measures are recommended for your travel destination. You can also get initial information about the vaccinations and health risks of your whereabouts under ” Current Travel Medicine: Brazil “, as well as about the general vaccination regulations of the country. Once you have arrived in the country, it is advisable to find a family doctor with whom you can communicate easily. In case of illness, a lack of communication is an additional burden. Brazilian healthcare is divided into a public and a private branch. The public network is often quite well set up for emergencies. Switching to a private clinic is often recommended for longer-term treatment.
Patients should always be cared for by an accompanying person in the hospital. The hospital staff in both public and private institutions is usually not prepared to provide all-round patient care.
Telecommunication and internet
Always up to date
The networking of Brazil with modern communication media is very advanced. This is ensured by the demand from an innovation-addicted middle class who, however, have to pay expensive money for it. Internet via broadband, cable, satellite or radio frequencies can be received in practically all regions. In addition to the landline telephone network, cell phones have also experienced an enormous boom. Here, too, the level of the fees is considerable in an international comparison.