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Pretravel Information Pack

August 2017

Brazil is considered a MEDIUM risk travel
destination. Countries classified as Medium Risk
are not fully secure. These countries are in
constant tension and vulnerable to sporadic
unrest. Unexpected developments may threaten
personal safety.

Overall Risk rating
2 Political Overview

Medium Risk

3 Conflict, Terrorism & Unrest
4 Crime, Law & Corruption
3 Natural & Health Risks
3 Personal Safety

Overall Risk Rating
4 Health Risk Factors

Medium Risk

3 Social Factors
3 Infrastructure
3 Healthcare System
4 Medical Evacution

Political Stability: The 2016 controversial
impeachment of former president Dilma
Rousseff put heavy strains on democratic
institutions in the country since
transforming into a civilian government in
1985. With the economy pulling out of a
severe economic recession, the new
government of President Michel Temer
faces threats to its stability from continuing
corruption investigations, weak public
approval ratings and protests against
austerity measures;
Unrest: Deep social cleavages and
persistent low-level unrest. The threat of
violent unrest is most pronounced within
the Movimento Sem Terra ('no-land
movement'), indigenous Amazon groups,
residents of Brazil's 600 favelas ('shanty
towns') and, most recently, with activist
groups opposed to the new government of
President Michel Temer;
Crime: Crime rates in Brazil are high and on
the rise, particularly in urban centres,
outdoor market areas and the beaches of
Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia, Recife
and Salvador. Corrupt elements of the
historically violent state police force in Rio
de Janeiro collude with drug gangs to
operate the infamous "militias" that control
vast areas and illegal activities ranging from
extortion to murder to unlicensed public
Natural Risks: Severe flooding is common
during the rainy season (December to
March), often generating disruptive and
potentially fatal landslides;
Personal Safety: Crime rates are high
across Brazil's main urban centres, and the
threat is compounded at night. Most major
roads are well-marked and well-maintained,
though routes in northern states and
border areas are commonly in need of

Travel Information and advise

Business & Culture

Dialling code: +55

Religious and political precautions

Internet code: .br

Beware of unmarked taxies or pirate taxies

Currency: real

Stay at reputable hotels

Electrical plugs: two-pronged, flat-bladed
and two-pronged, round-pinned

Check local media for relevant news and

Electricity: 110/220V, 60Hz

Show respect for cultural matters

Driving: on the right

Learn rules and laws

Major languages: Portuguese

Know the appropriate attire for both
business and social occasions

Major religions: Christianity
Important dates: January (Founding of Sao
Paulo), 21 April (Tiradentes Day), 1 May
(Labour Day), 7 September (Independence
Day), 12 October (Our Lady Aparecida), 15
November (Republic Day), 25 December
(Christmas Day)
Non-fixed dates: Easter, Carnival

Seek information on the culture of the
country you are visiting and learn proper
business etiquette and practices.
Christianity remains the dominant religion
and some elements of society remain
relatively conservative as a result.
Shaking hands is the customary greeting.
First names are commonly used to refer to
one another, although titles are considered
more polite, particularly in business settings.
The Western hand signal for 'okay' (with the
thumb and forefinger pressed together) is
an obscene gesture in Brazil.

Recent alerts and notifications
12. Jan. 2017 - 22:00 - IST  link
2 Moderate Risk
Water rationing scheme in Federal District
12. Jan. 2017 - 22:00 - IST  link
2 Moderate Risk
Yellow fever outbreak
12. Jan. 2017 - 22:00 - IST  link
3 Medium Risk
Western Amazon region
12. Jan. 2017 - 22:00 - IST  link
3 Medium Risk
Tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and

For more information on your destination, please visit the online risk portal (Link)

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