Getting here

The north-east of Brazil is only 7 hours from Europe by plane. The Portuguese airline “TAP Portugal” flies daily from Lisbon direct to Recife. It also provides a shuttle service from Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg and all other major European airports. This service is operated primarily by TAP itself or one of its partners in the “Star Alliance”.

You can also flight to Brazil with “KLM Royal Dutch Airlines” and “TAM Brazilian Airlines”.

The following travel agency specialise in flights worldwide:

Flights can be booked directly with the airlines themselves:

If you’re in the United States and you’re looking for airline tickets to Recife, then Cheapflight’s site offers cheap flights from all the major US airports, with prices ranging from as little as $800 for a return trip.

Climate in the north-east

The dry season is from August to April (temperatures between 28° and 35° C).
The rainy season is from May to July (temperatures between 23° and 30° C).

Northeast coast (reference: Recife)

Residence permit

“Tourist visas” are issued on arrival and are valid for 90 days. Provided you have a valid return air ticket, a credit card or evidence of sufficient financial resources they can be extended to a maximum of 180 days once the initial 90-day period has expired.

Applications for a “temporary visa” (visto temporáio) must be made with the relevant authorities in Brazil. If you wish to take up employment in Brazil you will need a work permit. Applications have to be filed with the Brazilian Ministry of Labour by your new employer. This procedure should be handled in Brazil by a Brazilian lawyer who has experience in such matters. You can do this through your own lawyer but we would be willing to assist you if you wish.

You can also qualify for a visa by investing resources of your own if you are able to invest the equivalent of at least BRL 150,000 (approximately EUR 50,000) in a Brazilian company or use it as the start-up capital for your own company. Retirees who are over 60 and can prove that they have a monthly income of at least US$ 2,000 are also eligible for a permanent visa. However, both of these options entail a considerable amount of red-tape.

The safest way to obtain a permanent residence permit is a family reunion, i.e. marrying a Brazilian national, or as the parent of a Brazilian child.

“We can give retirees or investors assistance in obtaining permanent visas (permanencia), residence and work permits”.

Health insurance

All major towns have state hospitals, but we would strongly advise you to make private health insurance provision as there are a large number of private hospitals which come close to European standards. If you do not have insurance cover for private health care abroad you could also take out private health insurance in Brazil. The premiums for private health care in Brazil are generally lower than in Europe.

Driving licence

Any non-Brazilian who has a permanent visa can have their home driving licence re-registered as a Brazilian licence. A Brazilian driving licence requires an eye-test.

Visitors on a tourist visa must have an international driving licence and, ideally, a sworn Portuguese translation. We would be happy to arrange this for you.

Cost of living

Over the past ten years there have been a lot of changes in Brazil as far as general price levels are concerned. Between 1990 and 1994 Brazil had an inflation rate of 50% a month and a succession of new currencies. Today’s “Real” was introduced in July 1994. In the first few years after the introduction of the Real prices rose owing to the exchange rate against the US$. Since 1999 the Brazilian Real (BRL) has undergone substantial depreciation triggered by the Asian stock markets crash and the exchange rate is now around EUR 1:BRL 2.50. In other words, the cost of living for non-Brazilians has dropped again.

Supermarket prices are considerably lower than in Europe – particularly for basic foods: high-quality steak costs under EUR 8.00 a kilo.

There are restaurants for every taste and price range, from very low to finest dining. Generally, however, Brazilian restaurants offer better value for money than in Europe, especially at the popular buffet and churrasco restaurants (steak houses). EUR 15 will buy a good meal out for two; a bottle of beer at the beach only costs BRL 4.00. Drinks are considerably cheaper in most restaurants than in Europe.

The minimum wage, which is the monthly income for almost 40% of the population, is currently about BRL 545, i.e. around EUR 220.

In Brazil you can live comfortably on EUR 1,000 a month and afford much that would be prohibitive in Europe.

Further information

For more information visit the Brazil travel and information portal Braziltour. This website currently offers the most comprehensive information about Brazil, including political, economic and immigration issues.