Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Brazil on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are currently no restrictions on commercial flights entering Brazil from the UK. Check with your travel provider for the latest information on available routings and flight options.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Brazil.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
The Brazilian government has stated that the public health system should not be used for pre-departure tests. Travellers should obtain a test from a private provider.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Brazil
Restrictions vary from city to city.
The use of face masks in streets, public spaces such as parks, and on public transport including taxis is mandatory across the country.
There are additional local requirements to show proof of vaccination and/or for the compulsory use of masks in certain places, such as shops, cinemas and gyms. These are in force, in various cities including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasília.
Social isolation measures have been lifted to an extent in some parts of the country, but localised lockdowns continue to varying degrees. You should refer to official guidance in your location for details of what preventative measures are in place and how you can comply with them. Failing to comply with these rules may result in a fine.
Some accommodation options are open such as hotels, hostels and private rentals but this varies area by area. Some popular beach areas remain closed to non-residents. Check with your accommodation provider what facilities, including restaurants, are available.
Public spaces and services
The situation varies around Brazil, each state will determine local measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, and this includes regulation on the opening of non-essential services (shops, restaurants, bars, beaches and other leisure activities). You should refer to official guidance in your location for details of what preventative measures are in place and how you can comply with them. It’s highly possible that public places likely to attract large crowds may be closed at short notice. For example, several cities have decided not to host the traditional street Carnival in 2022. These include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife and Salvador, although controlled events are still expected to take place.
Healthcare in Brazil
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self isolate for 14 days. You should only go to hospital if you are feeling breathless.
The public healthcare system varies across the country, and in some states in Brazil the additional burden of treating COVID-19 patients might affect services such as accident & emergency care. Some private hospitals are no longer accepting credit card payments for admissions and only accepting patients with valid health insurance.
Check if your travel or health insurance has comprehensive cover for coronavirus and refer to official channels in your location for further details.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Brazil.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Brazil
We will update this page when the Government of Brazil announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Brazilian national vaccination programme started in January 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech and CoronaVac (Sinovac lab) vaccines. The Brazilian authorities have issued guidance on their national vaccination programme (only available in Portuguese). British nationals resident in Brazil are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme, on the same basis as Brazilian nationals if they hold a CPF (fiscal number). Information about priority group categories is included in the guidance. Vaccination registration varies from state to state, you should refer to official guidance from local authorities for further information.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Brazil, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.