Carnival in Brazil – Travel advice, January 2018


International carnival will take place from 9 to 14 February 2018 in Brazil as well as in various European, Caribbean, central, north and south American countries, including Aruba, Dominica, Brazil, Canada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Italy, Panama, Puerto Rico, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA celebrating the beginning of Lent. It is one of the largest international mass gatherings and will attract a significant number of travelers. Careful pre-travel preparation helps travelers enjoy a safe and healthy carnival trip.

Before travel

People traveling to Brazil and to other areas of South America should be aware of diseases endemic in the region including:


Travelers should schedule an appointment with a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks or as soon as possible before departure and discuss with the doctor or nurse vaccination, medicines and general preventive measures recommended for their destination.

In particular, travelers to Brazil are advised to:

Be up to date with their vaccinations in accordance with national and WHO recommendations including:

In addition the following vaccines are recommended:

Malaria prophylaxis

Malaria is a serious, potentially fatal, illness transmitted by mosquito bites. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for many regions in Central and South America and some parts of the Caribbean.

Zika virus infection

Zika outbreak is still a risk in many parts of the world including Brazil. Pregnant women are NOT advised to travel to areas with risk of Zika due to serious birth defects caused by Zika virus. Since Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual contact as well as mosquito bites, partners of pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy should take prevention steps during and after travel.

Travel health insurance

A comprehensive medical insurance (including cover for medical evacuation costs) before departure is recommended. Pre-existing conditions and medical treatment should be reported. You can contact the Hellenic Embassy in Brazil at http://www.emb-grecia.org.br/.

During travel


Carrying a good supply of any regular medicines is recommended, as they may not be readily available at destination.

General preventive measures

Safety and security

During an international mass gathering such as the carnival, high levels of crime and violence can be experienced, particularly in the bigger cities. Travelers are advised to:

After return

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