How To Open A Bank Account In Brazil

Moving to a new country can be complicated, especially when local processes are different from those in your home country. However, opening a bank account in Brazil is relatively easy, provided you hold a residence visa. This article will walk you through everything you need to know. What paperwork is needed to open an account? … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Brazil?

In Brazil, healthcare is a right that all nationals, citizens and permanent residents are entitled to. Primary healthcare overall is the responsibility of the government, but many elements of the day-to-day running of public hospitals and medical facilities are down to the individual states that make up the country. This can lead to inconsistency in … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Brazil

Healthcare in Brazil is provided by both private and government institutions, and is considered a constitutional right. All Brazilian nationals and permanent residents are entitled to free public healthcare. Public healthcare in Brazil is provided by the National Healthcare System, also known as the Unified Health System. In Portuguese, it is called Sistema Único de … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Brazil

Although healthcare itself is free in Brazil, including for foreigners, supplementing this with private health insurance is highly advisable. This is because the public healthcare system is under strain, meaning you could face long waiting times, poorer quality of care, and a lack of specialist medical assistance. Occasionally, it may be a prerequisite that you … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Brazil

In 2014, Brazil’s Ministry of Health released new dietary guidelines, in an attempt to combat the growing number of overweight and obese people. The government’s guidelines now tend to be less focused around calorie restriction and portion-sizes, and instead reflect the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients, eating together, and avoiding fast food and calorie-laden … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Brazil?

Despite the fact that Brazil has a free universal health system in place, there are some instances in which you may find yourself needing to pay for appointments and exams. Brazil’s Unified Health System Sistema Único de Saúde (a.k.a. SUS) was drafted into the 1988 constitution. The system was designed to supply the demand of … Read more

Dental And Ophthalmic Care In Brazil: How To Find The Right Options For You

Having the perfect smile is very important to Brazilians. Cosmetic procedures tend to be in high demand, as well as very lucrative. Day-to-day oral and dental hygiene are considered of paramount importance to a large portion of the population. In some restaurants, cafes and public restrooms, you may even see mouthwash and floss, alongside the … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Brazil

In order to enter Brazil, you must be able to satisfy the immigration authorities about your purpose for visiting and that you have enough money for the duration of your stay. You may need to provide details of your accommodation, as well as evidence of your return or onward travel – this could be return … Read more

How To Find A Job In Brazil

The Brazilian labour market is not overly welcoming to foreigners. Companies must demonstrate that two-thirds of their employees are Brazilian, and to get a work visa (needed by any foreigner who wants a job), you’ll need to prove that you can do a job that a Brazilian national cannot. You may find it easier to … Read more

How To Find A Job In Brazil

Prior to planning a trip to Brazil, prospective expatriates are advised to apply for jobs first. There are limited vacancies in the Brazilian job market. In addition, the country has one of the largest labor forces in the world. Over the years, there has been an increase in qualified and skilled native employees, decreasing the … Read more

Making Sense Of Brazil’s Taxation System

The Brazilian taxation system has been called tricky, complex, or downright confusing! With around 90 forms for tax, duties and contributions, this description isn’t too surprising. So let’s try to simplify matters by breaking down the system as far as possible. To an extent, tax in Brazil can be classified according to the department collecting … Read more

Brazil – Recommended Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Brazil and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Tropical Teasure Hunter Leaving behind their lives in Switzerland, it only took … Read more

Nine Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Move To Brazil

The largest country in South America and home to a sizeable expat community, Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, lush jungles and vibrant cities. Brazil has many job opportunities to offer on account of its robust economy and thriving mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors.The capital city of Brasilia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site … Read more

Brazil – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Brazil and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Expats and English Speakers in Campinas, Brazil … Read more

Brazil – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Brazil and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Life is Grando Katie’s move to Brazil was a few years … Read more

The Zika Virus – What Do Expats In Brazil Need To Know?

The Zika virus has been in and out of the news over the last several months, with the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing alerts of potential outbreaks across several South American countries. There is evidence of the virus in 18 countries and regions in Latin American and Caribbean territories.The Aedes mosquito, the carrier of the … Read more

Tips From British Expats In Brazil

Brazil is one of the top expat locations in the world, and although the majority of foreigners living in the country are from neighboring regions, more and more people from the UK are choosing to move to Brazil, whether for work or retirement. There are many reasons for this, including of course the beaches, the … Read more

5 Things No One Tells You About Living In Brazil

Brazil is famous all over the world for its beaches, its music, the Carnival, cachaça, coffee, and football. Those who are a bit more familiar with the country also know that it’s one of the fastest growing economies, as well as one of the world’s emerging global powers.Some might also be aware of a few … Read more

Brazil – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Brazil and some of the bloggers who write about living there. NY2Rio With a wealth of information about things to do, places to go … Read more

Ten Basic Phrases In Portuguese For Expats Moving To Brazil

Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, an emerging global power, and a major tourist destination because of its rich cultural history, its buzzing cities, and its varied landscape, from the dense, exotic jungles to the long coastline with fantastic beaches. It’s no surprise that the country is one of the major expat … Read more

Dealing With Culture Shock In Brazil – Some Advice For New Expats

The very mention of Brazil conjures up images of a tropical paradise with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, pristine rain forests, football and the carnival. While all of this may be true, moving to Brazil as an expat is no picnic. You may be setting yourself up for a huge disappointment if you’re expecting the same kind … Read more

What Are The Health Risks For Expats In Brazil?

Brazil has good medical care, especially in the larger cities, where most expats live. Healthcare may be slightly expensive and it is advisable to take out comprehensive health insurance cover upon arrival in the country. Pharmacies are located throughout Brazil and every pharmacy has a licensed pharmacist. Although Brazil is mostly safe for expats and … Read more

5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Brazil (And 1 Reason You Shouldn’t!)

No matter which part of the world you come from, if you are global traveller or expat, there’s a good chance that Brazil will feature quite high up on your itinerary. Brazil has become a global tourist destination over the last few decades, but her beaches and culture aren’t all that’s popular. Brazil’s economy has … Read more

Shopping For The First Time In Brazil? Here’s What You Need To Know

While Brazil may not be among the most popular shopping destinations in the world, the number and variety of shopping spots available in the country will come as a pleasant surprise to expats and tourists. Some of the top boutiques are located in the cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while Salvador is … Read more

Learning To Communicate With The Locals In Brazil – Some Tips For Expats

Learning a new language and getting acquainted with an unfamiliar culture is often difficult for expats and it’s always great when the locals are helpful and accommodating. Brazil is one such place where the population is lively, warm and friendly towards foreigners. But it does help to have some awareness about how to communicate with … Read more

Why Moving To Brazil Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Recent events in the world of sport have caused people of all nationalities to explore Brazil more closely. Thousands of foreigners who visited the country are thinking about staying back for a longer period of time. Of course, there is a lot more to this beautiful nation than football. As Brazil’s popularity on a global … Read more

A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Brazil

Brazil is a geographically vast and varied country and driving here can be an intimidating experience for newcomers. But more than the sheer size and wavering landscape of the region, it is the roads and the driving style of Brazilian drivers that pose a greater challenge. Foreigners may have to get used to a lot … Read more

Shawn Muller, Formiga (Minas Gerais)

Who are you? My name is Shawn Muller and I am 37 years old, I am originally from Port St. Lucie, Florida. I went on a working holiday to the United Kingdom in 2001, where I met my Brazilian partner. And ever since then I lived between these three countries. I relocated for the third … Read more

Sharon F, Brasilia

Who are you? My name is Sharon F. and my family and I currently live in the metro DC area, but originally we are from Miami, Florida. I honestly thought living and growing up in Miami, a diverse multicultural city prepared me for what it would be like to live overseas. Boy was I wrong. … Read more

Expat Life in Brazil Away from the Atlantic Coast

The coastal region of Brazil, specifically the southeast portion of it, is home to both of the country’s most populous cities in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (their combined population being around 18 million). Points further north along the coastline do not lag too far behind, either, with Salvador, Fortaleza and others contributing to … Read more

Rachel Loerch, Rio de Janeiro

I’m a border-hopper, only the other way. I have fled my boring middle class life in the states for… middle class life in Brazil. Hey, at least it’s in a different language. That makes it slightly more exciting, or frustrating. Depends on how you look at things. And I have a tendency of looking at … Read more

Brynn Barineau, Rio de Janeiro

Some will say I’m a bold adventurer, others a certifiable lunatic. Possibly a hopeless romantic or a masochist. Officially, I’m an American from a southern, suburban town outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I became an expat four years ago when I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’m a teacher and writer. I keep a blog … Read more

Jim and Luiz, Niterói

My name is Jim. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, but after college I moved to San Francisco, California where I lived for 24 years, prior to moving to Brazil. While in San Francisco I was the Executive Director of various non-profit organizations over the years and most recently the Director of the San … Read more