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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
  • If you want to explore Latin America, Brazil is a country not to be missed. Find out more about its geography, demography, and economy.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Getting married in Brazil can be exciting, but there are proper procedures and guidelines to follow whether you are marrying a Brazilian or a foreigner

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Brazil regularly attracts many visitors and expatriates. Before your trip, find out about all the different types of visa requirements through expat.com

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  • To work in Brazil, you must first obtain a work visa which can be challenging. However, if you are qualified, you may find a company to sponsor you.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Brazil is a huge country full of opportunities, but it is also bureaucratic and not very investor-friendly, so you'll need to do some research first

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  • Working as an intern can be a great way to expand your CV. Brazil, the world's 8th largest economy, could be a great country in which to gain experience.

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  • Salvador has a population of 3 million and it is Brazil's third-largest city. It has a diversified economy, but finding a job here will take some diligence

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  • Recife attracts more foreign investment each year, facilitating the creation of thousands of jobs particularly in this sector and many more.

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  • Brasília is Brazil's federal capital and third-largest city with a population of 3 million, and represents one of the country's largest job markets.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Salvador de Bahia is a very popular tourist destination owing to its history, architecture, and preservation of African traditions.

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  • Recife is a modern city with over 1.6 million people. A bustling city, Recife is a major regional business hub, offering many types of accommodation.

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  • Rio de Janeiro is a popular city, with more tourists than any other city in Brazil. Hence accommodation can be difficult to find and expensive.

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  • São Paulo has a large housing market and offers many options, including apartments, residence flats, and shared apartments and houses

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  • Real estate in Brasília, in Brazil's Federal District, is expensive by Brazilian standards. Still, there are reasonably-priced places that you may find.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Would you like to study in Brazil? This country has many high-calibre universities and can be a good choice for international students.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Before visiting Brazil, get a traveller's medical insurance and vaccinations done. If you plan to reside in Brazil, consider purchasing private insurance.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in Brazil you first need a Brazilian residency card. The bank will help you to determine what documentation you will need afterwards

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • If you are living and working in Brazil, you will have to pay taxes. You'll also need to pay taxes on any capital gains.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are many means of transport available in Brazil, and the cost to get around is affordable. However, you should allow plenty of time to travel around.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Short-term expats can drive in Brazil with their driving licence. If you intend to settle in Brazil, you may wish to obtain a Brazilian one

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Moving abroad is a big step, and when moving to Brazil, you'll encounter lots of bureaucracy. Familiarise yourself or seek the help of professionals

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • It's an easy matter to get yourself set up with a cell phone in Brazil. For long-term, you'd want a landline and an affordable way to stay in touch

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  • Internet access is commonplace in Brazil. Although the connection speed and reliability vary, expats can stay connected while in Brazil.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Rio de Janeiro is the most-visited city in Brazil – and with good reason. The Marvelous City, as it is known, is culturally rich and beautiful.

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  • Brazilians love a variety of sports, indoor and outdoor. However, football remains the king of them all.

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  • Brazil may evoke images of white-sand beaches and festive Carnivals. While you'll find these here, Brazil is a diverse country which offers so much more.

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  • Brazil is a wonderful country of warm, welcoming people, incredible natural beauty, and greater diversity than you may have realised. Here are some basics.

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  • Traveling to Brazil with your cat or dog is possible with proper planning. For other types of animals, you'll need to inquire and receive authorisation.

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  • Visitors to Brazil are permitted to bring in items for their personal use free of duties, subject to limits. Here are some guidelines.

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  • In Brazil, parents have a few choices, both public and private, for the care and education of their younger children.

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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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