Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Brazil, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for

It is recommended that all travellers to Brazil are up-to-date with routine booster vaccinations, such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio, and MMR. Any other vaccines you need for travel will depend on your medical history and itinerary.

01. Vaccine list

It is recommended that most travellers get the following vaccines before travelling to Brazil:

  • the combined booster vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and polio

  • typhoid

  • hepatitis A

For some travellers, yellow fever or rabies vaccines may also be recommended. Check current COVID-19 requirements before you travel.

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Yellow fever

10 days before arrival


3 weeks before arrival*

02. Other health risks in Brazil

There are a variety of illnesses in Brazil for which there are no injections, so travel health advice on how to avoid contracting them may come in handy.


The risk of contracting malaria is highest in the Amazon regions as well as Amapa and Manaus, and along the trans-Amazon highway, from Santarém to Cuiabá.

Travellers on cruises or travelling throughout the Amazon Basin, or visiting areas with jungles, mines, and agriculture, are strongly advised to consider antimalarial tablets.

The risk of malaria is low in Iguazu Falls, Belem, and the coast from Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. However, the risk is higher in surrounding forested areas.

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There is currently an outbreak of zika in Brazil, mostly present in the southeastern part of the country. There is no vaccine to prevent the zika virus, so travellers visiting that region should take strict anti-mosquito measures during the day.

Pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to Brazil until after the pregnancy to avoid the risk of harming the baby.

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There are ongoing cases of dengue throughout Brazil, notably in São Paolo and Parana.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus are most present in towns, cities and surrounding areas that lack sanitation or are near stagnant water.

The transmission happens during the day and is especially high during the rainy season, from January to May, in Brazil.

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03. Precautions for Brazil

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Brazil, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.


There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Brazil, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against the main cause of these infections, which is a mosquito bite, during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Brazil should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Brazil or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04. Useful contacts in Brazil

Below are some of the most useful services that you may need while in Brazil:

British Embassy Brasilia The British Embassy in Brasilia can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +55 (61)3329 2300.

Local emergency medical services In a medical emergency, call 192 or 193.

The local general emergency number is 190, which, although it is the Military Police, can be used for requesting an ambulance.

For an English-speaking contact line for all emergencies that you may encounter during your stay, the Tourist Police  +55 (11)3214 0209 in São Paolo and +55 (21)3399 7170 in Rio de Janeiro is available 24 hours.

Medical facilities and practitioners To choose a medical facility if you get ill while you are in Brazil, the British Consular Network in Brazil has prepared a list of reputable medical facilities and practitioners in Brazil, each accompanied by a simplified overview of services and useful information.

05. Checklist for your trip to Brazil

  • Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Brazil, including DEET insect repellent

  • Yellow fever certificate Recent cases have been confirmed in São Paulo and Parana state. Double-check if the yellow fever certificate is required upon entry in Brazil

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Brazil and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Travelling with medication Check with the embassy of Brazil if there are any restrictions on medications before you travel

  • Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to Brazil, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency

06. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019

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