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Brazil: Health Guide

A health guide to the vibrant cities, breathtaking beaches, and unforgettable landscapes like the world-famous Amazon rainforest. Everything you need to know to have the action-packed adventure you’ve always imagined.

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Travel Vaccines and Health Tips for Traveling to Brazil

If you’re traveling directly from the US, Brazil does not require any vaccines to enter.

*Note that Brazil is considered to be a Yellow Fever Endemic country, and it is recommended to vaccinate prior to travel. If visiting certain countries in Latin America following travel to Brazil, you may need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or a Yellow Fever exemption certificate to enter.

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Yellow Fever – Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age to Brazi. Check here.
    • Typhoid – Recommended for most travelers, especially those visiting remote and rural areas or enjoying staying with loved ones. Learn more.
    • Rabies – Recommended if you are planning activities that may involve contact with domestic animals or wildlife (e.g. jungle trekking, farm visits). Learn more.

Brazil has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Malaria Medication

is recommended in most rural or forested areas of Brazil, and especially the Amazon region. Popular tourist areas of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo, or Iguaçu Falls are considered low-risk and Malaria medication is not recommended.

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Especially important for trips to the Amazon.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

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Medical Entry Requirements For Brazil

If you’re traveling directly from the US, Brazil does not require any vaccines to enter.

*Note that Brazil is considered to be a Yellow Fever Endemic country, and it is recommended to vaccinate prior to travel. If visiting certain countries in Latin America following travel to Brazil, you may need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or a Yellow Fever exemption certificate to enter.

Recommended Medications For Brazil

Brazil has too many adventures and places to explore for sickness to ruin your plans. Runway can prescribe these trip-saving medications in minutes:

Malaria Medication

is recommended in most rural or forested areas of Brazil, and especially the Amazon region. Popular tourist areas of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo, or Iguaçu Falls are considered low-risk and Malaria medication is not recommended.

Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics

help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.

Motion Sickness Medication

is recommended to keep nausea and dizziness at bay if you are susceptible to queasiness during road trips, train rides, boat cruises, or long excursions. Especially important for trips to the Amazon.

Sleep Aid

is a great addition to your packing list if you struggle with jet lag or sleeplessness due to travel stress or long journeys.

Add medication to your treatment plan in the section below.

Recommended Vaccines For Brazil

Always recommended:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria – Tetanus – Pertussis
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • COVID-19

Excluding COVID-19, these vaccines are all recommended during childhood. If you received them as a child, you are all set.

Conditionally recommended:

    • Yellow Fever – Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age to Brazi. Check here.
    • Typhoid – Recommended for most travelers, especially those visiting remote and rural areas or enjoying staying with loved ones. Learn more.
    • Rabies – Recommended if you are planning activities that may involve contact with domestic animals or wildlife (e.g. jungle trekking, farm visits). Learn more.

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From vaccination requirements to best health practices, all your Brazil travel questions answered.

Brazil does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US. 

 

*Note that Brazil is considered to be a Yellow Fever Endemic country, and it is highly recommended to vaccinate prior to travel. If visiting certain countries in Latin America following travel to Brazil, you may need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or a Yellow Fever exemption certificate to enter.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Brazil. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Malaria Medication: Malaria medication is not considered essential for travel to most major cities in Brazil. However, malaria is considered highly transmissible in rural regions of Brazil, especially the Amazon. If you’re planning on visiting these areas, add Malaria medication to your plan in the medication options section above.  

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.  

 

  • Motion Sickness Medication: Many travelers to the mountainous or jungle regions of Brazil experience motion sickness. Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Very few travelers will visit parts of Brazil that have high enough altitudes (greater than 8,000 ft) to require use of altitude sickness medication.

 

  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Medications in pill or solid form are approved for international flights. Keep them in labeled bottles in your carry-on for convenient access. For liquid medications that exceed 3.4 ounces, you may be asked to check these in your luggage, so please plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Brazil may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway means you don’t have to worry about accessing what you need while traveling.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Brazil. 

 

What shots should I have when traveling to Brazil?

While there are no required vaccines for Brazil for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities. 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Brazil

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Argentina. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Brazil

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

 

  • Yellow Fever: Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age to Brazil

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Brazil.

 

  • Rabies: Recommended for travelers planning to be around dogs or wildlife–as rabid dogs are common in Brazil and local rabies treatment may be limited. Most other travelers will not need a Rabies vaccination unless they plan to do any of the following: wild camping, cave exploring, handling animals (veterinary work, field biology, handling specimens in a lab), and visiting rural areas.  As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.

 

  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay with loved ones, or traveling extensively in the interior of Brazil (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination.

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Brazil. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Should you need healthcare while you’re away, equip yourself beforehand with a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your destination. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

How do I search for hospitals in Brazil?

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals. Often, accommodations in Brazil will have hospital recommendations and information readily available. You can also search the Joint Commission International website to seek accredited facilities near the city where you’re staying, as well as seek resources from the U.S. Embassy.

 

What should I know about healthcare in Brazil for tourists?

As with traveling anywhere internationally, it’s recommended to secure travel health insurance. Brazil hospitals with English-speaking medical personnel and emergency services are more readily available near larger cities with high tourist areas. 

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Brazil?

The fees for a hospital stay in Brazil can widely vary. It’s best to confirm costs in advance to avoid unexpected expenses. Several factors will contribute to the total cost, such as emergency services, tests and x-rays, overnight visits vs. consultations. Keep in mind, most medical facilities in Brazil will require a cash deposit prior to performing health services and require payment in full before being released.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. Seek out established food and water sources. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Brazil?

Brazil is considered a Yellow Fever Endemic country and malaria is common in jungle and rural regions. Extreme heat and humidity combined with active adventures can result in health conditions when traveling to Brazil. Here are some tips to help ensure an optimal trip experience.

  • Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in Brazil. Protect yourself from Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin.

 

  • Heat Exhaustion & Sun Exposure: Brazil is located on the equator with high temperatures, higher humidity, and strong sun in most regions. Stay hydrated and keep the body cool by wearing loose, lightweight clothing. Since the combination of sun exposure and increased activity can quickly lead to a heat-related illness, make sure to eat plenty of salty snacks to replace salt lost through sweating. Salt pills and electrolyte-enhanced drinks (available in most pharmacies and convenience stores) may be helpful packing items to maintain balance in the body. Wear sunblock throughout.

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

  • Practice water safety: Drinking tap water in Brazil may result in travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, bottled, filtered water for hydration, avoid adding ice to drinks, and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Brazil. As some locations are more developed than others, do your research to prepare and always listen to your guide when it comes to local customs, hazardous places, and potential encounters with wildlife. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: As far as what not to eat in Brazil, dining out in cities is largely considered safe and sanitary, although this may not be the case in rural areas. Always avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

Prepare for every adventure with trip-saving medications from Runway.

 

Feel good about your upcoming trip to Brazil by preparing a treatment plan with Runway before your trip. You can avoid common travel ailments by bringing medication with you, allowing you to worry less and explore more.

Brazil does not currently have any medical entry requirements for those traveling from the US. 

 

*Note that Brazil is considered to be a Yellow Fever Endemic country, and it is highly recommended to vaccinate prior to travel. If visiting certain countries in Latin America following travel to Brazil, you may need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or a Yellow Fever exemption certificate to enter.

There are several common health conditions to consider when traveling to Brazil. Runway can help you prepare by prescribing the medication you need before you depart, so you can worry less and explore more while you’re away.

 

  • Malaria Medication: Malaria medication is not considered essential for travel to most major cities in Brazil. However, malaria is considered highly transmissible in rural regions of Brazil, especially the Amazon. If you’re planning on visiting these areas, add Malaria medication to your plan in the medication options section above.  

 

  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Antibiotics help alleviate an intestinal infection that occurs as a result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water. It’s best to avoid non-bottled water as much as possible. Traveler’s Diarrhea is common, so it’s a good idea to pack medication just in case.  

 

  • Motion Sickness Medication: Many travelers to the mountainous or jungle regions of Brazil experience motion sickness. Whether cruising by boat or traveling by car, motion sickness can ruin the journey with dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Runway can prescribe motion sickness patches or anti-nausea medication, listed in the medication options above, to alleviate queasiness during your trip and allow you to soak in the scenery.

 

  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Very few travelers will visit parts of Brazil that have high enough altitudes (greater than 8,000 ft) to require use of altitude sickness medication.

 

  • Sleep Aids: We’re no strangers to the perils of jet lag. This common condition, due to a disruption of the body’s natural circadian rhythm, can lead to symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue, and digestive issues. While we recommend working to sync up your sleep-wake time to your current destination as soon as possible, Runway can also prescribe a non-habit-forming antihistamine jet lag medication to help maintain a healthy sleep routine while you travel.

 

Can I carry medicines on international flights?

 

Medications in pill or solid form are approved for international flights. Keep them in labeled bottles in your carry-on for convenient access. For liquid medications that exceed 3.4 ounces, you may be asked to check these in your luggage, so please plan accordingly. 

Medications you procure in Brazil may not always be manufactured in an FDA approved facility. Planning in advance with Runway means you don’t have to worry about accessing what you need while traveling.

Make sure you’re up to date on any routine and recommended vaccinations weeks in advance of your trip to Brazil. 

 

What shots should I have when traveling to Brazil?

While there are no required vaccines for Brazil for those traveling from the US, the lists below include recommended vaccines that you might need based on your personal history and trip activities. 

Recommended Vaccines for Traveling to Brazil

The list below includes the routine childhood vaccinations that are recommended for traveling to Argentina. If you received vaccines as a child, you likely received the following and are ready to go:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Measles-Mumps-Rebella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

 

Other Vaccine Considerations for Travel To Brazil

Here is a list of additional vaccines for preventable diseases that you may want to consider based on your trip itinerary:

 

  • Yellow Fever: Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age to Brazil

 

  • COVID-19: Recommended for all travelers headed to Brazil.

 

  • Rabies: Recommended for travelers planning to be around dogs or wildlife–as rabid dogs are common in Brazil and local rabies treatment may be limited. Most other travelers will not need a Rabies vaccination unless they plan to do any of the following: wild camping, cave exploring, handling animals (veterinary work, field biology, handling specimens in a lab), and visiting rural areas.  As a rule, we recommend avoiding interaction with animals – even domestic pets may carry diseases.

 

  • Typhoid: Recommended for travelers visiting rural or remote areas, enjoying an extended stay with loved ones, or traveling extensively in the interior of Brazil (e.g. hikers or trekkers). Travelers who use antacid therapy should also consider Typhoid vaccination.

Proper preventative and proactive care can reduce the need to find healthcare in Brazil. However, we recommend making a list of local doctors and hospitals near the destination you’re staying, in advance of your trip. 

 

It’s also strongly advised to purchase travel health insurance, as most traditional healthcare coverage doesn’t extend internationally. Should you need healthcare while you’re away, equip yourself beforehand with a list of local doctors and medical care facilities near your destination. Fill all prescriptions prior to embarking on your trip to ensure you have enough with you for the duration of your travels plus a few extra days in case of delays.

How do I search for hospitals in Brazil?

Large cities in the country boast high standards of healthcare, making it easier to research and find accredited hospitals. Often, accommodations in Brazil will have hospital recommendations and information readily available. You can also search the Joint Commission International website to seek accredited facilities near the city where you’re staying, as well as seek resources from the U.S. Embassy.

 

What should I know about healthcare in Brazil for tourists?

As with traveling anywhere internationally, it’s recommended to secure travel health insurance. Brazil hospitals with English-speaking medical personnel and emergency services are more readily available near larger cities with high tourist areas. 

 

What is the average cost of hospital stay in Brazil?

The fees for a hospital stay in Brazil can widely vary. It’s best to confirm costs in advance to avoid unexpected expenses. Several factors will contribute to the total cost, such as emergency services, tests and x-rays, overnight visits vs. consultations. Keep in mind, most medical facilities in Brazil will require a cash deposit prior to performing health services and require payment in full before being released.

Prevention is key. Be aware of certain high-risk areas and environments and take proper precautions for each. Take heed of destination updates with regards to weather, vaccination recommendations, and other safety advisories. Seek out established food and water sources. If you are prone to jet lag, motion sickness, or traveler’s diarrhea get preventative medication from Runway to help keep symptoms at bay. 

 

Are there common conditions I’m susceptible to when traveling to Brazil?

Brazil is considered a Yellow Fever Endemic country and malaria is common in jungle and rural regions. Extreme heat and humidity combined with active adventures can result in health conditions when traveling to Brazil. Here are some tips to help ensure an optimal trip experience.

  • Regularly reapply bug repellent: Mosquito-transmitted diseases are common in Brazil. Protect yourself from Yellow Fever, Malaria, Dengue, Zika, and Chagas disease by regularly applying strong bug repellents that have high percentages of active ingredients such as DEET and Picaridin.

 

  • Heat Exhaustion & Sun Exposure: Brazil is located on the equator with high temperatures, higher humidity, and strong sun in most regions. Stay hydrated and keep the body cool by wearing loose, lightweight clothing. Since the combination of sun exposure and increased activity can quickly lead to a heat-related illness, make sure to eat plenty of salty snacks to replace salt lost through sweating. Salt pills and electrolyte-enhanced drinks (available in most pharmacies and convenience stores) may be helpful packing items to maintain balance in the body. Wear sunblock throughout.

 

Here are a few other things to be mindful of as you plan your trip.

  • Practice water safety: Drinking tap water in Brazil may result in travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses due to bacteria found in the source. Stick with sealed, bottled, filtered water for hydration, avoid adding ice to drinks, and be cautious of fresh produce that may have been affected by contaminated water as well. 

 

  • Stay alert to changing conditions: Outdoor adventuring is part of the thrill and experience of traveling in Brazil. As some locations are more developed than others, do your research to prepare and always listen to your guide when it comes to local customs, hazardous places, and potential encounters with wildlife. Pack protective gear, including a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, loose, lightweight layers of clothing, and plenty of water and snacks. 

 

  • Sleeplessness: Time zone changes affect the body in different ways due to disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Though easily treatable, jet lag can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like sleeplessness that can affect your travel plans. Runway can prescribe non-habit forming sleep medication to take before bed so you can catch some z’s regardless of what time zone you’re in.

 

  • Steer clear of raw foods: As far as what not to eat in Brazil, dining out in cities is largely considered safe and sanitary, although this may not be the case in rural areas. Always avoid eating raw meats, fish, and eggs, as well as unwashed, raw fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid any food markets with live animals. Also, consider ordering drinks without ice to prevent possible contaminated water.

 

  • Keep wild animals wild: While touching, petting, and feeding wild animals is exciting, remember that most wild animals are not comfortable interacting with humans or have been habituated into doing so for food. No matter if they are domestic pets or wild creatures, animal licks, bites, and scratches can lead to bacterial infections. Be aware of animals being used for financial gain and look into the animal welfare of any wildlife related activity. Protect these animals and yourself by keeping wild animals wild!

Prepare for every adventure with trip-saving medications from Runway.

 

Feel good about your upcoming trip to Brazil by preparing a treatment plan with Runway before your trip. You can avoid common travel ailments by bringing medication with you, allowing you to worry less and explore more.

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