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Living in Brazil guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Brazil with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Stretching over an area of 8,514,876 km2, Brazil is a southern hemisphere country. Located in Latin America, the country has a population of more than 201 million inhabitants. Brazil's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to about 2 253 US dollars in 2012.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • To get married in Brazil, you must produce your request at your embassy or consulate in the country. You will receive a certificate of legal capacity to marry after the publication of banns in your home country. You must then apply for a transcription of the document.

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  • You can travel to Brazil by plane or by ship, according to your preferences. You will need a valid passport and a tourist visa to be allowed in the country. You can stay in Brazil for a maximum period of 90 days.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will need a work visa to be able to work in Brazil. You can choose between a temporary work visa and a permanent work visa. You have to make your reque

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • You will need a work visa if you want to do an internship in Brazil. Citizens of some countries planning to do an internship for a period of 90 days may not need a visa. Generally, internships in Brazil have a maximum duration of one year.

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  • Fortaleza's economy is mainly based on trade, industry and tourism. It is known to be a developing economy for a few years. The city hosts many hotels, shops, skyscrapers and residential complexes.

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  • In Belo Horizonte, one of the largest Brazilian cities, you can be hired in different sectors such as information and communications technologies and biotechnology. Textile, mining and processing of minerals, tourism business also generate jobs.

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  • Looking for a job in Recife, Brazil? The city attracts more foreign investment each year, facilitating the creation of thousands of jobs particularly in the fields of information and communication technologies.

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  • Many employment opportunities exist in Curitiba, Brazil. The capital of the State of Parana hosts several multinational, national and international companies which contribute its economy. Many fields require foreign expertise.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • You will find different types of accommodation in Recife, Brazil. Studios, apartments and villas are easily available. Rent prices start as from 900 reals for a studio, 3,000 reals for an apartment and 10,000 reals for a villa.

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  • Several types of accommodation are available in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. You will find houses and apartments, as well as modern and luxurious villas. Rent prices generally start as from 1,500 reals per month.

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  • São Paulo's main neighborhoods are Paraiso, Vila Madalena, Garden, Vila Mariana Higienopolis, among others. Different types of housing, including apartments, villas and flats are available in this Brazilian city. Rent prices are quite affordable.

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  • Many studios, apartments and villas are available in Rio de Janeiro. Modern homes are currently under construction in the region. However, prices can be relatively high for the time being.

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  • If you want to settle in Brasilia, Brazil's capital city, it should not be difficult to find housing. You can choose among studios, apartments and villas. Prices usually vary according to the area and type of housing.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • To study in Brazil, you must submit your application to the university of your choice. Once your application has been approved, you must go to the Brazilian Embassy in your country to apply for a student visa.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Before leaving for Brazil, it is essential to subscribe to insurance. Make sure you have completed the necessary vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Note that viral infections such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever are still active in the country.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • There are numerous national and international banks in Brazil. If you want to open a bank account, choose one of them and visit any of their branches with your identification documents: passport, identity card, visa, etc. You will also need proof of address and income.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you have been in Brazil for more than 183 days during a 12 month period, you will have to pay taxes. Income tax is generally deducted at source. You must fill in your income tax form and return it each year by the end of April.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Brazil has a quite developed transport system. If you want to travel from one city to another, you can opt for different means: planes, metros, buses and taxis which connect most major cities. The subway connects cities and suburbs particularly.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • You must hold an international driver's license to be able to drive in Brazil. This applies to expatriates on short stay in the country. If you intend to stay longer, you will have to pass oral and practical tests in order to obtain a Brazilian driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Before moving to Brazil, you must seek information about products you can bring to the country and those which you can buy on the spot. You have to plan your removal carefully with the help of an international removal company. Make sure to subscribe to insurance.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Brazil has many telephone service providers which offer different types of packages. Choose the one which better suits your needs and your budget. Mobile telephony is becoming more and more popular in the country at the expense of fixed land lines.

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  • Brazil has a quite satisfactory Internet coverage. To date, more than 50% of the population has an Internet connection. You can subscribe to a broadband or dial-up connection, or buy a mobile modem which will enable you to access to Internet connection anywhere.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Belém, capital city of the Brazilian state of Para, is a tourist destination. It has a rich history and culture, notable with its old buildings which have been turned into museums. It also enjoys a rich fauna and flora.

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  • Football is the national sport in Brazil but many other sports such as volleyball, basketball, tennis, are popular. Diving, surf and kite surf are also practiced at large scale in some regions, as well as golf, trekking and capoeira.

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  • If you want to discover Brazil in a new way, enhance your stay with a cruise on the rivers and bays such as that of Guanaraba. You can also discover the natural beauty of the country and its rich cultural and architectural heritage.

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  • You can easily find child care, day care centers or kindergartens in Brazil. There, you can leave your children under 5 years old during your working hours. You can also opt for informal care systems such as nannies.

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  • You must follow certain formalities to be able to take your pet with you to Brazil. Your pet must have a passport and a medical record. It must also have been vaccinated against rabies within one year before the date of departure.

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  • Products such as tobacco, alcoholic beverages in small quantities, as well as clothing and books do not have to be declared to customs on arrival in Brazil. However, you must declare your foreign currency if it exceeds $ 500.

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  • While waxing is becoming more and more popular outside of Brazil, women in Brazil seem to be opting for alternative methods.

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  • Saving face is not just for Asian cultures. Saving face is a phenomenon across all parts of the world.

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