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Brazil Travel Warning: Cases Of Zika Virus Reported

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in a number of states; you should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Brazil. Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in Brazilian public hospitals. Public hospitals in Brazil, especially in major cities, tend to be crowded. Private hospitals will not accept you unless you can present evidence of sufficient funds or insurance. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 192 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Malaria is present in parts of the country.

Dengue fever is particularly common during the rainy season (from November to March) and cases of Zika virus have been reported in a number of states.You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

217,003 British nationals visited Brazil in 2014. Most visits are trouble free.

If you’re a single parent or guardian travelling with a child, you may need additional documentation.

 

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