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Rio de Janeiro Travel warnings

Rio Declares Dengue Epidemic - Travel Alert

A Dengue Fever epidemic has been declared in Brazil's Rio De Janeiro, with more than 64,000 cases reported in the city and surrounding state so far this year. According to news reports, in the last week alone there wer

Crime Wave Hits Salvador, Brazil - Travel Alert

Salvador, Brazil's 3rd largest city, and a destination popular with foreign carnival-goers seeking an alternative to Rio De Janeiro is in the grip of a violent crime wave.A third of the city's 30,000 police are on str

Navigating the Amazon in Brazil

Brilliant swathes of rainforest, strange topography and vibrantly coloured wildlife mean Brazil is the perfect place to get back to nature. The continuous stretches of sparkling beaches may tempt you to simply stay clos

Tips for Surviving Carnival in Brazil

Brazil’s annual celebration of sun, skin and samba is a wild time for travellers and locals alike. Around 700,000 tourists flock to Rio de Janeiro every year to witness the outrageously elaborate floats parade around

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Landslide kills eight in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state #brazil

over 5 years ago

#Brazil: Security forces claim victory in Rio De Janeiro drug gang conflict

over 6 years ago

#Brazil: Rio de Janeiro slum surrounded by police after completion of deadline for drug traffickers to turn themselves in

over 6 years ago

#Brazil: "Panic on the streets" as police shoot dead 13 people in Rio De Janeiro amid drug violence wave

over 6 years ago

Heavy rains kill scores in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state - #brazil

about 7 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Rio de Janeiro

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Yellow fever

    Yellow fever is a virus infection, which cause a serious hepatitis. The vaccine provides protection for 10 years after a single injection. Countries where yellow fever is present are entitled to request a valid certificate documenting a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before entry. The certificate is a stamp in the WHO yellow book.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.


    Risk of malaria in this area is small, and prevention by malaria tablets is not recommended. Protection against mosquito bites by using impregnated bed nets at night will reduce the risk.

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Carnival Advise Please!! Rio or Salvador/Accommodation tips

Sal, I'm sure you'll get lots of great advice (like Brito's), but we have a great article about surviving Carnival on hope it helps a bit.... read more »
over 4 years ago

For Carneval in Rio, what is the best place (safe, close to the events and classy) to stay and which places (clubs, rest.) to visit pls?

and have a read of our great tips on staying safe in Rio. read more »
over 4 years ago

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