Immigration / Health
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Ireland and Brazil have an agreement under which their citizens can enter each other’s country without a visa and as a tourist for up to 90 days. You will, however, have to be able to show that you are a genuine tourist (see below).
On arrival in Brazil, you must present a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. If you have any other immigration queries, you should ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.
In general, on arrival in Brazil you should have:
Proof that you have or have access to sufficient funds (if you’re bringing a credit card, we advise you to carry a statement to prove the limit).
A return or onward ticket.
Proof of accommodation booked for at least the first night.
On entering Brazil, you should ensure your passport is stamped by the immigration authorities and retain a copy of your immigration landing card. These will be reviewed when departing Brazil, and if not presented, a fine may be applied.
It is mandatory to present certificates of vaccinations against poliomyelitis for children between the ages of three months and six years. Those who have been in some countries up to three months before travelling to Brazil should present international certificates of vaccination against yellow fever. There has been an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. For more information and advice, visit the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Vaccinations against yellow fever are available and Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance of their doctors and on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). It is important to note that vaccinations against yellow fever generally take 10 days to take effect.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for your destination in Brazil. In general, you should protect yourself from mosquito bites in Brazil as they can carry a range of diseases including malaria, dengue fever and ZIKAV.
How to protect yourself from mosquitoes:
- Find out from local people when local mosquitos are most likely to be biting.
- Avoid areas where mosquitoes are likely to congregate (i.e. stagnant water).
- Wear appropriate clothing: long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots and socks.
- Protect your room: Mosquito bites can be reduced by air conditioning, insect-proof screens etc.
- Protect your bed: Bed nets and cot nets should be used if rooms are not adequately screened or air conditioned.
- Use insect Repellents: The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advises the use of DEET as a mosquito repellent (including by pregnant women – the risk to an unborn baby, certainly from malaria, would outweigh any potential risk from DEET.), if you ensure to A) use it sparingly, and B) wash it off when away from risk of biting mosquitoes, as it is a chemical applied to the skin.
Malaria is a risk in some northern parts of Brazil including much of the Amazon. You may need to take anti-malarial medication, depending on the areas to be visited, and to cover up and use insect repellent in the evening and at night.
The main risk season for dengue fever is from January to March. There is no effective treatment for this fever, which has severe flu-like symptoms and can sometimes be fatal to the elderly, the very young or people with underlying conditions. As well as getting medical advice before travelling, you should also take advice on local conditions when travelling within Brazil and minimise exposure to mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellents on exposed skin.
There has been an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil. For more information and advice, visit the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Although the 2016/2017 outbreak was declared over in September 2017, there has been an upsurge in human cases in the country since December 2017, and more particularly in São Paulo State. The small number of confirmed cases were reported in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and in the Federal District.
Vaccinations against yellow fever are available and Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance of their doctors and on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). It is important to note that vaccinations against yellow fever generally take 10 days to take effect. Those who have been in some countries up to three months before travelling to Brazil should present international certificates of vaccination against yellow fever.
Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:51:10 BST