Travel Info

ARRIVING IN BRAZIL

While it is possible to fly directly to Salvador International Airport (SSA) from Lisbon, Portugal  (via TAP), Madrid, Spain (Air Euro) and Miami, USA (American Airlines), most people flying into Salvador route through Brazil’s  has two main international airports - Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Sao Paulo and Galeão International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro. Both offer frequent flight to Salvador.

PASSPORTS

All visitors to Brazil must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of the visa they are requesting.

VISAS

As far its visa policy is concerned, the Brazilian government has a reciprocity policy, and requires that visitors obtain a visa prior to entering Brazil if their country demands the same of Brazilians. Holders of passports 79 jurisdictions do not require a visa to visit Brazil up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes, and maximum stays of 90 days every 180 days are granted to citizens of the European Union, Albania and Ukraine.

Citizens of the following countries and regions are exempt from having to obtain visas to Brazil: Countries of the European Union, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, ColombiaI, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta,  Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, Namibia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, PeruI, Philippines, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea,  Suriname, Switzerland,  Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine,  Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.

TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation in Brazil can be a challenging for foreigners since signs and instruction are  usually presented in Portuguese only.

Taxis are widely available, and can be hired at a rank or booked by telephone. In is recommended to use only officially marked taxis or transfers booked by the hotel concierge.

CURRENCY AND BANKING SERVICES

The official currency in Brazil is the Real (Reais), which is abbreviated as R$. Most foreign currencies (EURO, USD) and travellers' checks can be exchanged at banks, hotels and the airport. International credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners can be used at hotels, restaurants and large shops. Reais can be withdrawn from automatic teller machines using major credit cards.

It is not acceptable to use U.S. dollars, euro or any other currency besides the official currency to pay for products or services in Brazil.

PHONE DIALING INFORMATION

Country Code: +55.

Outgoing international code: 00 21 after which you add the code of the country you want to call.

FOOD AND DRINK

Brazilian cuisine varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's varying mix of indigenous and immigrant populations. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences.The national beverage is coffee and cachaça is Brazil's native liquor. Cachaça is distilled from sugar cane and is the main ingredient in the national cocktail, Caipirinha.

The average meal consist mostly of rice and beans with beef and salad. Popular snacks are pastel (a pastry), coxinha (chicken croquete), pão de queijo (cheese bread) and the wide diversity of fruits.

There are many international restaurants offering American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican menus, too.

Tipping: If a service charge is not already included in your restaurant bill, you might wish to leave a tip. Tips are not obligatory, but welcomed in Brazil. IN acceptable amount is 10 percent of the total bill.

POWER SUPPLY

In Brazil, from city to city, voltage varies from 110-220v and 60Hz. In the city of Salvador it is 110v but you should ask in each city you may visit.

However, some equipment (especially laptop computers and razors/shavers) usually have "auto"  or “dual” voltage enabling them to work between 90 and 240 Vac. Check their specifications.

Brazil power outlet sockets are mainly type N. The plug consists of two pins and a grounding pin. Adapters may be easily obtainable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Fax: Services are available in business centres and hotels.

Post: There are mailboxes and post offices in every hotel.

Traveling Time: For all type of transportation, the time posted on tickets for both Departure and Arrival is a local time.

Business Hours: Government offices and other service-providing offices are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Mall Hours: Monday to Saturday. 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Stores that are open 24 hours a day are becoming more common.

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

Fire department: 193

Police: 190

Ambulance: 192

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