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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Brazil?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Brazil?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Brazil?
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Brazil is a beautiful country that includes party-destination Rio de Janeiro and much of the Amazon rainforest. This Portuguese-speaking nation is full of colorful streets and exciting festivities.

While travel insurance for Brazil is not a requirement for entry, it's still highly recommended due to the country's Covid levels.

Is travel insurance required for Brazil?

No, travel insurance isn’t mandatory for Brazil. The U.S. Department of Health, however, recommends that U.S. citizens buy travel insurance for Brazil before their trip. It's always a good idea to protect yourself and your investment from unexpected illnesses or injuries.

To find the plan that's right for you, first assess the condition of your health, then take a look at your travel plans.For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. And if you're looking for less expensive insurance for Brazil, basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.

COVID-19 in Brazil

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises travelers to avoid all non-essential trips to the Brazil. If you do have to travel to Brazil, be sure to get fully vaccinated for the virus prior to departure and abide by all Covid safety rules including wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowds. Here are some Covid safety precautions to take.

For the most up-to-date information please follow Brazil's Ministry of Tourism.

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Health & safety

The two biggest concerns in Brazil are illness and theft. You can protect yourself from illness by getting the proper vaccinations and reapplying bug spray often. To avoid theft, be sure to be aware of your belongings and do not leave them unattended on a beach or any public place. Losing a passport is the biggest risk, and could require a lot of your vacation time to be spent at an embassy or consulate.

To reduce this risk, consider keeping your passport in the hotel safe or on your person in a passport holder. Also be sure to make copies of your passport, insurance information and credit cards, and keep them in the bottom of your luggage or in the hotel safe. This way, if these important items are stolen, you have a backup and an easy way to verify your identity.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Brazil.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Yellow fever (especially if you're traveling to Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and/or Bahia)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

To enter Brazil, you’ll need a passport, and depending on your home country, you may need a visa. Visas have been waived for citizens of a few countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and many European and South American countries. Once your visa is approved, it's valid for five years.

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