- Indian passport holders require a valid visa to travel to Brazil with at least six month minimum validity of passport and return ticket.
- For travelers transiting through the International Airport of Sao Paulo (Guarulhos (GRU) Airport) and having a connecting flight to a Brazilian city or to third country must carry a Brazilian Transit Visa and it is advisable that:
- There should be a gap of a minimum of four hours between the two flights in order to clear immigration and customs and check-in for the onward flight in GRU Airport.
- In case the onward flight is from the domestic airport Congonhas, which is located in the city centre, please ensure that there is a minimum gap of six hours as transferring from one airport to another could take between one to three hours, depending on the traffic. The Guarulhos Airport is about 30 kms from the city centre and Sao Paulo being a major hub is known for heavy traffic, especially during peak office hours.
- Brazil is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, which is preventable by vaccination. Visitors must get vaccinated against yellow fever 7 days prior to the date of start of journey to Brazil. While the Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate may not be required by the Brazilian Authorities, it is mandatory for re-entry into India.
- In case of loss of baggage, please contact/lodge a complaint with the concerned Airline.
- It is recommended to use authorized taxi service from airport, hotel, etc. Easy Taxi and Uber services are also available and considered to be safe. This can be also accessed through an app on Smartphones and Tabs.
- Please book your hotel accommodation in advance and reconfirm your hotel bookings before travelling to Brazil to avoid any inconvenience on arrival.
- Valid ID proof are required for entering Games venues even if one holds valid entry tickets. It is, therefore, advised that all should carry valid ID proofs during the visit to the event venues.
- The Brazilian currency is Real and hard currencies like the US Dollar, Euro and British Pound can be changed in the market. However, US Dollar is the preferred currency. Sometimes, international credit / debit cards are also not accepted. It is, therefore, advisable to carry sufficient US Dollars.
- The climate of Rio is moderate but it can get cool in the evenings / early morning.
- Brazil operates on both 110 & 220 Volts. It is advisable to carry convertors for laptops, mobile phones etc. Plugs are two-pin like in India.
- Making telephone calls to India through local service providers are complicated and expensive. For communicating to India, VOIPs like WhatsApp, etc. may be used in Wi-Fi zones.
- It is advisable to use bottled drinking water.
Safety & Security Precautions
- The security situation in Rio has improved over the last few years but the levels of street crimes are still high and there have been regular cases of mugging especially on beaches like Copacabana and Leblon. Besides this, as the Olympics is a mega event, the criminals and anti-social elements in Rio could target foreigners. Therefore, it is advised to take following precautions:
- a) Please avoid going to isolated areas and walking alone late at night. Try to obtain information beforehand about any possible transport related strikes / demonstrations etc. Carry limited cash while going out.
- b) If you happen to be walking alone, pay attention to everything around you. Thieves find it easier to approach those who are distracted.
- c) Dress as inconspicuously as possible. Avoid ostentatious display of wealth. Never carry valuables like credit cards, laptops, smart phones or cameras etc. Avoid displaying money and wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid carrying many objects in purses or backpacks.
- d) Cell phones are popular targets for the thieves, carry them in your pocket rather tying them with a belt clip.
- e) If need to exchange cash, go to Currency Exchange Bureaus at the airport or authorized banks only. Never accept help from strangers.
- f) When hiring a taxi, look for official taxi stands or order UBER / Easy Taxi cabs. Keep the car window always closed during the ride, especially at night. Ask the taxi driver to put your valuables, such as laptops, in the car trunk.
- g) In case you need an ATM, use those inside shopping malls or banks.
- h) Stay healthy and safe, protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
- i) In case of a confrontation/mugging attempt, it is advisable to part with your valuables immediately, rather than offer resistance or enter into an argument.
- j) The crime rates in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro is very high. There have been regular incidents of arms clashes between organized crime gangs and drug related violence in the favelas. Avoid visiting any of the favelas.
- k) During the Olympics-2016, Embassy received several cases of hacking of credit / debit cards in Rio de Janeiro. The visitors are advised to withdraw the cash only from the authorized bank outlets and not from the ATMs installed at common places.
- l) We have also come across cases of road accidents in Rio during Olympics. All are requested to adhere to local traffic rules and exercise caution while crossing the roads.
Emergency Contact Numbers:
- Emergency Service Dial
- Police 190
- Highway Federal Police 191
- Medical Emergency 192
- Fire Department 193
- Traffic 154
- Crime against women 180
- Brasilia Police (61)31900501, (61)99656154,WhatsApp 99081628
- São Paulo Tourist Police (11) 3120 4447, (11) 3151 4167.
- Rio Tourist Police (21) 2332 2924, (21) 2332 2511, (21) 2332 5112
In case of loss of Passport or any other consular assistance, please contact nearest Indian Mission as per the following details:
- i) Travelers in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Parana, Rio Grande de Sul and Santa Catarina may contact:
- Consulate-General of India, São Paulo
Address: Av. Paulista 925, 7th floor, CEP 01311-100, Sao Paulo, SP
Phone: 005511-32793785, 32793777
- In case of emergency please contact:
- Consul General of India:
Phone Numbers: +5511- 988014943, 99133 2112
Mr. Jitendra Singh Rawat
Contact: +5511-992887374, 005511-32793772
iii) Travelers for rest of the places in Brazil
- Embassy of India, Brasilia
Address : SES 805, lote 24, Asa Sul, CEP 70452-901, Brasília-DF.
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Consular Officer
Santosh Kumar Mishra
Second Secretary (Consular)
Contact No.+55-61-33644197 (24×7), Cell Number : +55-61-982586577
- iv) For Consular Assistance in Rio de Janeiro (5th September -19th September, 2016)
- Telephone number: .+55-21-969040860 (Mobile)
- E-mail: email@example.com