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Brazil Travel Insurance

Off to Brazil? Whether you’re looking forward to the beaches, jungles, waterfalls or partying, you’ll want to enjoy them all knowing you’re covered in case of any mishaps - from losing your camera to spraining your ankle.   

 

We’ll help you compare Brazil travel insurance from across the market to help you find the right cover for your South American adventure.  

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What’s there to see in Brazil?

If you’ve not been to Brazil, it’s probably been on your travel radar for a while. Perhaps a co-worker’s glowing holiday report has got you itching to book a ticket or want to be in Rio for Carnival? Brazil is a popular destination with good reason: it’s arguably the best party location in the world and boasts some of the most jaw-dropping natural beauty you’re ever likely to see.

And there’s something for everybody. The Amazon Jungle and the Amazon River draw the adventurous explorer types. While those who like to relax and catch rays are spoilt for choice with the extensive beaches and bays along the coast. And the zoologically inclined will surely be drawn by the mind-boggling diversity of plant and animal species that Brazil has to offer.

Yes, there are some issues with fraud and crime in certain areas. But for most British nationals who visit Brazil each year, it’s a trouble free experience. 

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Travelling to Brazil

If you’re thinking of heading off to Brazil any time soon, here are a few tips to ensure your trip runs smoothly. 

Entry: First up, getting in. To enter Brazil, you don’t need a visa but you do need a valid passport that has six months or more before expiration, as well as a return ticket. (Although no one would blame you for not wanting to leave.)

Money: Brazil’s national currency is the Real. Watch out for how they use commas and full stops when expressing numbers; it’s basically the opposite of how we write it in the UK.

Weather: If you’re looking for sunshine, Brazil’s a good a place to go as any, as the sun shines 365 days a year there, right? Well, not quite. There is a rainy season which runs from November to March in the south and south east of the country and from April to July in the north east. And it’s no light shower either; in rural areas the rain can trigger landslides and disrupt infrastructure. Yikes!

Healthcare: Brazil enjoys spectacles like the Amazon, the Pantanal, and Iguazu Falls, and has some stunning national parks and incredible biodiversity. Unfortunately, such elaborate wildlife does come with its own set of tropical diseases. Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll be affected, but it’s certainly worth taking a few precautions if you’re spending more than a few days in a high-risk area. Wearing protective clothing and bug spray is a good way to decrease your chances of getting anything nasty, but be sure to consult with your doctor before heading off. And that’s especially true if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. The Zika virus – which is transmitted by mosquitoes and has made headline news in Brazil in the last 12 months - is known to cause birth defects.

Emergency healthcare is free to visitors in Brazil’s public hospitals, although any ongoing treatment will have to be paid for. We would not suggest visiting without medical cover in place. Private health treatment will give you excellent levels of medical care, and the English speaking doctors come in handy if your Portuguese is a bit rusty. You will require proof of medical insurance before they treat you. Take two copies of your travel insurance documents with you and keep one with you at all times and the other copy in the safe at your hotel.   

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Choosing the right Brazilian travel insurance policy

The right travel insurance for Brazil depends on the level of cover you need. If you’re setting off for the adventure of a lifetime, chances are you’ll want a more comprehensive policy that covers you for those riskier activities - think SCUBA diving, waterfall abseiling and paragliding. Planning on driving? You’ll want insurance that includes rental vehicle excess cover and personal liability. To be safe in the event of bad weather affecting your flights, get a policy that has cancellation cover included.

As a bare minimum, we’d recommend getting a basic level of cover. Beyond that it’s up to you, but it can provide some peace of mind knowing you’re covered in case of any mini-disasters such as losing your bank card or suffering an injury.

We let you compare Brazil travel insurance on the things that matter to you with one quick and easy search. So you can get back to fashioning your outfit for Carnival from coloured paper and sticky tape. Viva!

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