A federative nation state, Brazil has an advanced developing economy. Facilities in larger towns and cities are excellent, but smaller towns or those in remote areas may present challenges.
U.S. citizens must travel with a current passport and visa in order to enter Brazil. Visas must be obtained in advance from a Brazilian Embassy or consulate in the U.S. The visa must be used within 90 days of the date issued. Travelers without visas will be refused entry.
Registering at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy gives travelers a chance to check on traveling conditions and security issues. By registering, the U.S. can also better help citizens in an emergency.
The official currency of Brazil is the Real. Currency exchanges exist in Brazil's major cities.
Yellow Fever vaccinations are recommended if traveling to rural areas of the country. Malaria shots should be obtained before traveling to the Amazon's forested areas. For medical emergencies, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo is recommended.
Article Written By Nancy Wagner
Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.