Brazil is many countries, landscapes, natural wonders and histories in one, and describing it in a few words is challenging!

There is Carneval, soccer, samba, beaches, beautiful people, exotic fruit and sumptuous dishes. Then there are complex ecosystems, mountains, rivers, canyons, rainforests, jungles, swamplands and waterfalls, for the eco-minded.

Add this to a rich mix of Portuguese, European, African, Asian, modern North American and indigenous Indian heritages, for a fusion of landscapes, experiences, history and culture unlike any other in the world.

Officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the biggest country in South America. It is the fifth largest country by geographical area, the fifth most populous country, and the fourth largest democracy in the world. The official language is Portuguese.

Brazil offers holiday experiences to suit most tastes and budgets. It is famous for miles and miles of white sandy beaches, where you can swim, surf, snorkel and sunbathe.

It’s also the home of the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands, for all manner of native flora and fauna. Take a canoe trek upstream to see native wildlife, or a wild ride through underground caves, down rapids and into deep limpid swimming holes.

Rio is often referred to as the party capital of the world, with samba, music and celebrations – but there are also many festivals and celebrations to experience in the little villages and towns throughout the year.

Worldcare Australia - colourful-buildings-brazil

5 useful phrases in Portuguese

Hello Bom dia
Goodbye Tchau
Please Por favor
Thank you [male] Obrigado [female] Obrigada
My name is… Meu nome é…

For more useful words and phrases in Portuguese, visit the Insight Guides

Worldcare Australia - christ-the-redeemer

Risks of travelling to Brazil*

Crime and unrest

Brazil has a wide gap between rich and poor, which unfortunately results in endemic petty crime in most of the major cities. Stories of pick-pocketing and muggings are common amongst tourists. In addition there are sometimes hold-ups – armed gangs demanding money and valuables at gunpoint.

Simple travel precautions, such as not displaying your wealth or expensive jewellery, taking a little more than enough cash with you each day, using hotel safes, and avoiding crowds and lonely backstreets can reduce your risk.

Likewise, taking only reputable taxis from registered companies, not getting intoxicated enough to make yourself an easy target, and staying in touch with a group of friends can keep you safer. Most people visit Brazil without serious incident.

Large-scale protests do occur from time to time and it is wise to avoid getting caught in one, as demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the local press so that you are warned of any likely problems.

Getting around

Planes and other transport systems sometimes do not run on time, so expect delays and possibly cancellations. Also there may not always be daily flights to and from your destination, so it’s best to plan ahead to avoid unexpected delays.

Driving in Brazil is not for the faint-hearted, as although the driving is not necessarily bad, rules and conventions may be different to home.

Also sometimes roads are not in good repair, especially in remote and rural areas, due to the torrential rain that can occur in some months. You can drive in Brazil on an Australian license for up to 180 days.


You will not need a vaccination for yellow fever before travelling to Brazil, however, some states strongly advise that you have one before visiting.

It’s best to drink only bottled water, which is plentiful and cheap. Check with your GP or visit the Travel Doctor site for more health information.

Before you travel to Brazil*

All Australian citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. The normal turnaround time is 30 days, but this can be cut down to 3 days if you are willing to pay extra.

As soon as adverse events such as bad weather, natural disasters and others that may affect your trip hit mass media, you are not covered unless you already have travel insurance, as it’s no longer ‘unforeseen’.

It’s wise to consider buying your insurance in advance of travelling, as you never know when disaster can strike and cause you to cancel or delay your trip.

*Any advice provided is general advice only and has not taken into consideration your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision please consider the Product Disclosure Statement 

Travel Insurance By Country

Like what you've seen?

Get a quote for Worldcare Travel Insurance

Worldcare Travel Insurance: Worldcare and Allianz Global Assistance are trading names of AWP Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 AFSL 245631 which issues and manages travel insurance as agent for the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. We do not provide any advice on this insurance based on any consideration of your objectives, financial status or needs. Before making a decision please consider the Product Disclosure Statement. If you purchase a policy we receive a commission which is a percentage of your premium - ask us for more details before we provide you with any services on this product.

Worldcare Emergency Home Assistance: Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. See Worldcare Emergency Home Assistance Terms & Conditions for details. Worldcare Emergency Home Assistance is provided by AWP Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 trading as Allianz Global Assistance.