Brazil Requirement Travel

Brazil requirement travel

A Brazil travel requirement is that travellers from certain African, other South American countries or places that have been affected by yellow fever, will need to provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever before being allowed to enter Brazil. This is a measure to protect public health in Brasil.

Countries likely to be affected include Peru, Colombia, Bolivia etc., A further Brazil requirement travel is for polio vaccination certificates, which will also be required for children under the age of six.

Likewise, you need to be aware that some countries, including South Africa and Australia will also want proof of yellow fever vaccination, if you have been in any part of Brazil, before you are allowed to enter those countries. You should therefore check with either your home country or any other country you intend to travel to after leaving Brazil.

A number of recent fatalities in Brazil's Federal District of Brasilia and the state of Goias, led to the Brazilian government starting a vaccine campaign againt yellow fever in the affected regions. In addition, travel health warnings to visitors of those regions were issued and recommended tourists be vaccinated against yellow fever, prior to visiting Brasil.

travel health warnings and precautions

Opinions vary widely on the different types of Brazil requirement travel vaccinations and other precautions needed for visiting the country. One Brazil travel requirement that seems universal, is the need to take out adequate medical health insurance.

The usual Brazil requirement travel guideline is that yellow fever vaccination is not needed if you plan to Brazil travel northeast to any of the major coastal cities such as Natal and Fortaleza, Recife etc., but is most definately needed for more remote regions of the Amazon, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Maranhao, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Piaui, Rio Grande do Sul etc.,

However, the recent outbreak in Brasilia only confirm the need to seek independent vaccine advice from your doctor or physician prior to your Brazil travel northeast. Do not merely rely on Brazil requirement travel guidelines as regard vaccine recommendations.

The general consensus on ensuring your health in Brazil, is that certain precautions must be taken if you are planning on visiting (non-urban) or the more remote regions of Brazil or if you intend to spend a longer length of time in the country. You might want to consider the following points for discussion with your doctor:

  • If you are travelling with young children or babies into rural areas of any state, it is recommended that they be vaccinated against yellow fever

  • In addition to polio, check that all routine vaccinations such as tetanus, diptheria, measles, chicken pox, mumps and rubella, are up to date

  • Check to see whether any recommended vaccinations are likely to cause unpleasant symptoms or side effects, especially for babies and young children

  • Depending on your movements in Brazil, anti-malaria medication might also be needed

  • A high incidence of Dengue Fever during the early part of 2008 resulted in fatalities - mainly in Rio. You will need to take stringent precautions against mosquitoes which are the cause of the fever

  • If you are travelling to high risk areas of Brazil, you are advised to guard against Malaria by minimising your exposure to mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves and trousers; use good quality insect repellant. For babies, a non-toxic insect repellent is recommended

  • Query the possibility of being vaccinated against typhoid and Hepatitis and especially if you are planning on staying in Brasil for a longer period than usual

  • Strict precautions must be taken to guard against HIV/AIDS, which is a major concern in Brazil

  • If you are planning on working with animals in Brazil or you are planning any activity that will put you in direct or close promimity to wildlife, you will need to address the possibility of contracting rabies and especially if you will not readily have access to medical care

  • The sun can be one of the major health risk while on your holiday vacation. Be sure to apply a high factor sunscreen (20 or more) for babies and very young children

  • In addition to consulting your doctor, you can get a further source of information on health precautions, vaccinations, drinking water, and food health from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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    Other Brazil Requirement Travel Resources

    International travelers hotline: 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or
    Via CDC’s web site:

    For further information on incidence of infectious diseases abroad:

    the World Health Organization’s (WHO)
    web site at

    Health information for travelers:

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