Brazil is a destination of natural beauty, stunning beaches, waterfalls and national parks, as well as some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. The country has wide appeal, with rich culture, a booming foodie scene and vibrant nightlife, plus plenty to do and see for families, adventurers, and eco-travellers.
Visa requirements: UK visitors to Brazil do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days
Time zone: Brasilia is GMT – 1, but Brazil crosses five time zones in total
Population: 209.3 million
Electricity: 110V and 220V
Tipping policy: Ten per cent of the bill is appreciated but not expected
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to São Paulo (average flight time: 11h 50m): London Heathrow.
Direct flights to Rio de Janeiro (average flight time: 11h 50m): London Gatwick (from March 31 2019, London Heathrow.
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Tijuca National Park for Christ Redeemer
Iguaçu National Park
Fernando de Noronha National Park
Serra dos Órgãos National Park
Chapada Diamantina National Park
New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana Beach
Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, from January to March 9
Carnival of Salvador, February 28 to March 6
Carnivals of Olinda and Recife Pernambuco, March 1-6
Caruaru and Campina Grande festivals, June
Marriages between non-citizens must go via the Civil Registry Offices that have jurisdiction over their country of residence. Civil ceremonies are the only legally recognised ceremony here.
Declaration of single marital status, or a final divorce decree or death certificate of former spouse(s) if applicable;
Form of intent to marry.
Same-sex or LGBTQ marriages are legal in Brazil.