Compare travel insurance for Brazil

Whether you're looking forward to a Brazilian holiday by the beach, in the jungle, or partying the night away, you'll want to enjoy it knowing you're covered in case of any mishaps.

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

Whether you're looking forward to a Brazilian holiday by the beach, in the jungle, or partying the night away, you'll want to enjoy it knowing you're covered in case of any mishaps.

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

Josh Daniels
From the Travel team
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Posted 28 JANUARY 2020

Do I need travel insurance for Brazil?

Getting travel insurance for your trip to Brazil would be good for your peace of mind. Insurance will protect you from theft, loss, medical emergencies, cancellations and delays – it can also cover you against possible health risks in Brazil.

Brazil enjoys spectacles like the Amazon, the Pantanal, and Iguazu Falls, as well having stunning national parks and incredible biodiversity. Unfortunately, such elaborate wildlife and scenery does come with its own set of tropical diseases.

Malaria or Dengue fever are known in some areas, but the Zika virus is also a risk for those planning on becoming pregnant, or are pregnant already, due to the increased risk of birth defects.

Of course, it's unlikely you'll be affected, but it's worth taking a few precautions if you're spending more than a few days in high-risk areas:

  • Consult with your doctor for any advice before heading off
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date
  • When there, wear protective clothing
  • Consider anti-malaria medication
  • Use anti-mosquito spray to decrease your chances of getting bitten


The travel traffic light system currently states that trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant government.

Please note: from 4am on 4 October 2021, the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries.

Currently, if your destination of choice is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you are aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and ensure travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed with short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red list countries. Most insurance policies purchased to cover a trip to a destination where the FCDO has instructed citizens not to travel to won’t be valid, however, some insurance providers may offer reduced cover if you’re travelling for essential purposes. Should you have any queries, please check the policy wording, or contact your chosen provider before purchasing, to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

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Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

When you declare medical conditions on our website, we’ll only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions. 

MoneyHelper has launched a directory of insurance providers who may be able to provide quotes over the phone if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at MoneyHelper or by calling them on 0800 138 7777.

What will travel insurance cover for Brazil?

Travel insurance for Brazil will depend largely on how long you'll be there, what kind of things you plan to do and what kind of coverage you'll be happy with.

Look for cover for:

  • Medical care – the right policy will offer you protection if you were to fall ill or have an accident
  • Flight cancellations and missed connections – your travel insurance could protect you against the extra costs that these events incur. Cover for things like a missed connection isn't included in all policies, so if you want to be covered for this, make sure you check the policy T&Cs
  • Damage, loss or theft of your luggage – your travel insurance should cover you for replacing clothes, medicine and toiletries if your luggage is damaged, lost or stolen. Remember to take note of any excesses that apply on your policy, as well as the overall possessions and single-item limits
  • Extreme sports travel insurance – if you're looking to take part in adventurous activities on your trip to Brazil, make sure you're covered.

Do I need a visa to holiday in Brazil?

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.)

Make sure your passport is stamped or you may be fined upon departure.

What else should I think about if I’m going to Brazil?

Once you have your travel insurance for Brazil, you’ll need to know a few travel facts to help you plan and enjoy your trip. Here are a few more travel facts about Brazil to help you enjoy your trip.

  • Tipping: the standard tip for waiters in restaurants is 10% and is often included in the bill. In bars and nightclubs 10% may be added to your bill
  • Crime: there's been known to be a few different tourist-related scams in the main cities, from pickpocketing to robberies. Do your research before you leave and consider protecting yourself with travel insurance
  • 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: there's a rainy season that runs from November-March in the south and southeast of the country, and from April-July in the northeast. And it's no light shower either – in rural areas the rain can trigger landslides and disrupt infrastructure

Where can I compare travel insurance quotes for Brazil?

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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. Once you have your insurance policy, you’ll be able to enjoy all Brazil can offer.

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