1. Visa – You’re in luck. The visa process to enter Brazil isn’t easy, fast, or cheap. If you’re traveling with children, it will be even more complicated. Visas must be obtained through the Brazilian consulate designated for the region in which you live. If you can’t get there yourself, you’ll have to hire a service to do so on your behalf (making it even more difficult, delayed, and expensive). However, in a wonderful display of common sense, the visa requirement has been waived for U.S., Australian, Canadian, and Japanese citizens traveling to Brazil for up to ninety days between June 1st and September 18th. If you’re traveling outside those dates, start the visa process early and stock up on patience.
10. Safety– Oh no! Brazil has crime and corruption. Oh yeah, so does… everywhere. And just like everywhere, your safety depends largely on your common sense, general awareness, sobriety, the company you keep, and the activities you pursue. If you are traveling to Brazil for the Olympics, you’ll see the police out in droves. This should reassure any fears you have, as well as the fact that most Brazilians are kind, generous, honest, and all around wonderful people.