Guide to life in Brazil for expats



Brazil is the largest country in South America with booming industries making it an expat hotspot. The two most popular expat cities are Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Brazil has all the makings of an economic powerhouse; however it still has many problems with regards to poverty and instability to overcome. We’ve gathered all the important information that will help you get started in your expat lifestyle in Brazil.

Brazil Sao Paulo

Expat Clubs

American Society of Sáo Paulo 

The Society exists for the following purposes: To promote and maintain friendly relations between the United States of America and Brazil, to provide for the celebration of days of remembrance such as Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, and other holidays traditional to United States citizens, to receive and entertain officials and visitors from the United States, to aid United States citizens and their immediate families who are destitute or have insufficient resources to meet emergencies or other essential needs, to aid and assist newly arrived United States citizens by providing information which helps orient them in their new surroundings, to promote charitable, social, cultural, and athletic activities of interest to the U.S. community in São Paulo.

Address: RUA DA PAZ, 1431, CHÁCARA SANTO ANTÔNIO, 04713-001, SÃO PAULO, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 5182 2074

Fax: +55 11 5182 9155

Email: [email protected]



Associação Beneficente Internacional Women's Club Porto Alegre

Participation in our Club has given the members the opportunity to meet an international group of people with varied interest, customs, cultures and languages, to learn more about Porto Alegre and the Brazilian way of life. Some have found that special friend to help through the difficult adjustment in a new country.

Email: [email protected]



International Newcomers Club - Rio de Janeiro

The International Club of Rio (InC) is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals from the local and expatriate English-speaking communities.

Email: [email protected]



International Newcomers Club Sao Paolo

The International Newcomers Club of São Paulo is a social club for the International English-speaking community. Founded in 1961, in the living rooms of a group of expat women, who got together weekly to expand their friendships and to support each other in their adventures in a foreign land.

Email: [email protected].



The American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio)

This organization celebrates American traditions, hosts themed parties, and supports local charitable projects. The group is open to all nationalities and offers opportunities to volunteer, meet new friends, and network through group events, including a Speaker Series. Their Ambassador program links new members with those who have lived there for many years.

Address: Estrada da Gavea, 132 – Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ - CEP 22451-260, Brazil

Tel: +55 21  2125 9132

Email: [email protected]


International Schools 

American School of Campinas (EAC)

Pre-K to 12, co-ed

We follow the American curriculum, are recognized by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and have an excellent program of studies. We have in our community children from all over the world.

Curriculum: American, Brazilian

Address: Rua Cajamar, 35, Jardim Alto da Barra, 13090-860 - Campinas – SP, Brazil

Tel: +55 19 2102 1011

Fax: +55 19 2102 1016

Email: [email protected]



American School of Recife

They offer an Advanced-accredited, English language instructional program for students in Nursery through Grade 12, as well as a fully accredited Brazilian Studies program. As a result, students receive both U.S. and Brazilian diplomas at graduation.

Curriculum: American, Brazilian

Address: Street SÁ E Souza / 408-BOA Viagem Recife - PE – Brazil

Tel: +55 81 3341 4716

Email: [email protected]



American School of Rio de Janeiro

The American School of Rio de Janeiro (EARJ), one of South America’s finest schools, offers innovative programming and three diploma choices to support our students as they develop their full potential by mastering knowledge and skills and developing the character and self-confidence to be successful in our highly globalized marketplace.

Curriculum: American

Address: Gavea: Estrada da Gavea 132, Gavea, CEP 22451-263, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: +55 21 21259000

Fax: +55 21 2259 4722


Avenues: The World School
Welcome to Avenues São Paulo, a planned campus of Avenues: The World School located in Cidade Jardim. A 15-grade school with a unique vision, Avenues São Paulo will provide a truly global education to 2,000 students. We invite you to read this overview of an Avenues education and learn more about our mission, curriculum and program design.
Nursery to 12th grade
Curriculum: Interdisciplinary
Address: Rua Professor Atílio Innocenti, 165, 12th floor, Ed. Vista Faria Lima, Itaim Bibi, São Paulo, Brasil
Tel: +55 11 2838-1800


Escola das Nacoes – Brasília

School of the Nations strives to be exemplary among Brazilian and international schools for its commitment to world citizenship and for helping young people develop outstanding academic, ethical and spiritual qualities and a clear understanding of their roles in building a better world.

Curriculum: American, Brazilian

Address: SHIS QI 21 - ÁreaEspecial - Conj. C1, Lago Sul - Brasília/DF – Brazil

Tel: +55 61 3366 1800

Fax: +55 61 3366 3377



International School of Curitiba

The International School of Curitiba was founded in 1959. It is an independent private, nonprofit, non-sectarian, co-educational college preparatory school enrolling students from pre-toddler (age 18 months) through grade 12. Students at ISC represent approximately 25 nationalities. Add to this a multicultural faculty and ISC truly provides an educational experience that encourages its students to "be international” while maintaining close ties with its Brazilian community.

Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate

Address: Av. Dr. Eugênio Bertolli, 3900 - Santa Felicidade, Curitiba, PR, 82410-530, Brazil

Tel: +55 41 3525 7400

Fax: +55 41 3525 7499

Email: [email protected]



Pan American School of Bahia

Based on a North-American school calendar, the Pan American school year consists of a minimum of 180 instructional days, divided into two semesters. A number of activities and events are also scheduled on Saturdays. The academic year is from early August until mid-December and from late January until mid-June.

Curriculum: American

Address: Loteamento Patamares s/n, Zip Code: 41680-010 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Tel: +55 71 3368 8400

Fax: +55 71 3368 8441



St. Paul's School Sáo Paulo

The School provides a carefully structured, integrated and diversified curriculum in which the skills of independent learning and co-operation with others are developed, and children's individual needs are of prime concern. The curriculum of the School is comprised of three main courses which are integrated into a single curriculum, i.e. the Brazilian Core Curriculum, the British National Core Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. These are supported by a wide variety of artistic, cultural and sporting extra-curricular activities, field courses and pastoral care.

Curriculum: Brazilian, British, International Baccalaureate

Address: Fundação Anglo Brasileira de Educação e Cultura de São Paulo - St. Paul's School, Rua Juquiá,, 166 - Jd. Paulistano, 01440-903 - São Paulo - SP – Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3087 3399

Fax: +55 11 3087 3398

Email: [email protected]



The American Elementary and High School Sáo Paulo

Graded is a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, nonprofit day school for children ages 3 through 18. The school follows an American curriculum with instruction in English and is accredited in the United States through AdvancED and in Brazil by the Ministry of Education. The school is divided into three divisions: Lower School, from 3 years old to grade 5; Middle School, grades 6-8; High School, grades 9-12.

Curriculum: American

Address: Av. Pres. Giovanni Gronchi, 4710, CEP 05724-002, Morumbi, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3747 4800

Fax: 55 11 3742 9358

Email: [email protected]



The American School of Belo Horizonte

EABH is proud of its roots. From its humble beginnings in 1956 as a Christian missionary school, it is now the first and only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Minas Gerais. Students at EABH receive a high quality education taught primarily in the English language, with an emphasis on building global citizens.

Curriculum: PYP, MYP, International Baccalaureate

Address: Avenida Professor Mario Werneck, 3301 - Bairro Buritis, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil - 30575-180

Tel: +55 31 3378 6700

Fax: +55 31)3378 6878

Email: [email protected]



Tip Toe Alphaville's Montessori School 

Tip Toe is a Montessori Pre-School for children between ages of 1 ½ to 6 years old. They foster children’s independence, concentration, care for the environment, and a sense of order and a foundation for learning English and Portuguese as well as math. Enriching these basic areas are the perceptual motor development centers, art and, music. Computer science is also included in the curriculum. The school setting is a ranch-style home with ample space for classrooms and outside areas to play, garden, observe small animals, and just have fun – “Learning English while Discovering the World” through Montessori.

Curriculum: American

Address: Santana de Parnaíba, São Paulo, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 4154 1875

Email: [email protected]


Local News in English

The Rio Times

The Rio Times is an English language publication dedicated to the English speaking foreign community in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.


Country Information 

Location: South America

Capital City: Brasília

Other Important Cities: Rio de Janeiro, Sáo Paulo

Currency: Real (R$)

Language: Portuguese

Calling Code: +55

Internet TLD: .br

Electricity: Brazil runs on 110/220V 60Hz, these vary between cities so carefully inspect plugs and power outlets to be sure. The major company that supplies electricity is Eletrobras.

Address: Avenida Presidente Vargas, 409/13º andar - CEP: 20071-003 - Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2514 5151



Emergency Numbers:

Medical: 192

Fire: 193

Police: 147


Country Information


Country Study

Embassy Information

Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Certain countries may enter Brazil visa-free for up to 30, 60 or 90 days. For other countries, visa regulations apply. Expats must secure a visa before travelling to Brazil through a Brazilian embassy or consulate or a diplomatic missions in your home or host country. Available visas are tourist, business and permanent.

Documents for Visa Processing
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Completed application form
  • 1 Passport type photo
  • Copy of Driver’s license
  • Copy of travel itinerary
  • Consular service fee
  • Visa fee
  • Immunization certificate – Yellow Fever

For further information please Brazilian Consular Portal

The Brazilian consulate general in the US is also a useful site:


Brazil is a huge country; most expats are in the larger cities like São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. There are several accommodation options available: apartments, condominiums, houses. These properties are usually rented out unfurnished and some without fittings.

Leases are good for two to three years. It is also important to note that in order to get a lease you must have your Brazilian Identity Card or Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas, which can be applied for.  This is required when you go through a real estate or an Inmobilaria. Leasing is usually the option for long-term to permanent residence.

For short-term stays, temporary and private rentals are available too. Private and temporary rentals are properties rented out directly by the owner, meaning there’s less paperwork and more flexibility. A lot of these can be found in tourist areas like Rio de Janeiro.

Classifieds, bulletin boards and the local papers have many listings.

Driving License

You will need a domestic and international driving license to drive legally in Brazil. The country’s road network is huge; it is advised to learn this prior to travelling. For more information about driving in Brazil please visit:

Only a person who has resident status in Brazil can apply for a a full Brazilian driving license. The process is fairly simple and you will only need the following documents to complete the transaction:
  • Original and copy of the Foreigner's identity card (Cédula de Identidade para Estrangeiro - CIE, which contains the Registro National De Estrangeiro - RNE the identity number for non-nationals)
  • Original and copy of the Individual Taxpayer’s Card (Cadastro de Pessoa Física - CPF)
  • Copies and originals of proof of address from the previous three months (utility bill, bank statements)
  • Original temporary or full driving license


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There are private and public medical facilities available in Brazil. Permanent residents may avail of the free healthcare from the government hospitals and clinics.

The public healthcare facilities are usually overcrowded and the lack of funding has affected the standards. Private institutions are therefore preferred by locals and expats, as these are up to standard especially in the more urban areas.

Health insurance in Brazil is also said to be expensive.

Insurance Companies:


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  • Porto Alegre

Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre

HCPA is a major university hospital in Brazil, and a reference for transplants and genetic research in Latin America. It is located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is part of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

Address: Ramiro Barcelos, 2.350, Bairro Santa Cecília, Porto Alegre / RS, CEP 90035-903, Brazil

Tel: +55 51 3359 8000

Fax: +55 51 3359 8001



  • Rio de Janeiro

Hospital Samaritano

Hospital Samaritano is one of the most modern prevention, diagnostics and treatment centers of the country. This Health Unit counts with state-of-the-art technology in all sectors. Besides, it has a high level team in several medical specialties.

Address: Rua Bambina, 98, Rio de Janeiro, 22251-050, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2537 9722

Fax: +55 21 2537 8983



Instituto de Olhos Rogerio Horta

Founded in 1986, the Dr. Rogério Horta Eye Institute aims to offer its patients the most modern and efficient services in existence in the field of ophthalmology. Besides its staff of highly qualified professionals, the Institute has acquired the latest state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Address: Rua Garcia D'Avila, 64 - Grupo 405, Rio de Janeiro, 22421-010, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2540 8000, +55 21 2529 8960, +55 21 9524 8661



OftalmoRio Centro de Microcirurgia Ocular Lta.

The OftalmoRio - Ocular Microsurgery Center - is a complex specialized medical and surgical ophthalmology. Since the beginning of its activities, its specificity has ensured the best conditions for ophthalmologists who choose it as their surgical center. And to patients, safety and comfort what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

Address: Rua Pinheiro Guimaraes, 43, Rio de Janeiro, 22281-080, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 3043 0200

Website (Portuguese):


Oncomed Clínica Oncológica - Unidade Rio de Janeiro

OncoMed Clinical Oncology was established in 1995 with the goal of providing patients and health professionals with a special service in Oncology, based on efficiency, integrity and ethical and human involvement.

Address: Rua Visconde Silva, 52, Sala 906, Rio de Janeiro, 22271-060, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2286 1290

Website (Portuguese):


Barra D’Or Hospital

Address: Av. Ayrton Senna, 2541, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22775-002, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2430 3600

Website (Portuguese):


Calren Hospital do Calculo Renal LTDA

Address: Rua General Orlando Geisel 100, Recreio, Rio de Janeiro, CEP: 22790 280, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2430 2500

Email: [email protected]



CDPI - Clínica de Diagnóstico por Imagem - Centro Médico Barra Shopping

Address: Av. das Américas, 4666, Salas 301B, 302, 303, 307, 323B, 325, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22640-102, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2432 9155

Website (Portuguese):


CDPI - Clínica de Diagnóstico por Imagem – Ilha

Address: Av. das Américas, 4666, Salas 301B, 302, 303, 307, 323B, 325, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22640-102, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2468 1600



CDPI - Clínica de Diagnóstico por Imagem – Leblon

Address: Rua Ataulfo de Paiva, 669, Loja 301- Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22440-120, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 3206 2200

Website (Portuguese):


CDPI - Clínica de Diagnóstico por Imagem - MD.X Barra Medical Center

Address: Av. das Américas, 6205, Loja G com dependência no subsolo, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22793-080, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2432 9155

Website (Portuguese):


Centro Medico Barrashopping

Address: Av. das Américas, 4.666 - 3º piso, Barra da Tijuca | Rio de Janeiro RJ, CEP 22.649-900

Tel: +55 21 2430 9000

Website (Portuguese):


Clinica Perinatal Barra

Address: Av. Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 201, Barra, Rio de Janeiro RJ  CEP: 22 775 040, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 3722 2000

Fax: +55 21 3722 2032

Website (Portuguese):


Clinica Sorobaca

Address: Rua Sorocaba, 464 - 5º andar, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro RJ, Cep 22271 110, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2539 9901, +55 21 2537 9005

Website (Portuguese):


Clinica Sao Carlos

Address: Rua Humaitá, 296 - Botafogo , Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2536 1300

Fax: +55 21 2286 3876

Website (Portuguese):


COI Group of Clinics

Address: MD.X Barra Medical Center, Av. das Américas, 6.205 Loja E - Barra da Tijuca, 22793-080, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 3385 2000

Fax: +21 3385 2002

Website (Portuguese):


Fleury Medicina e Saúde - Unidade Rio de Janeiro

Address: Rua Dias Ferreira, 214, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22431-050, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 4004 1991



Hospital Copa D'Or

Address: Rua Figuereido Magalhaes, 875, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22031-010, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2545 3600

Website (Portuguese):


Hospital Israelita Albert Sabin

Address: Rua Lúcio Mendonça, 56, Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 20550-013, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2176 8800

Website (Portuguese):


Hospital Pasteur - Meier Medical Center S/C Ltda

Address: Av. Amaro Cavalcanti, 495, Meier, Rio de Janeiro, 20735-040, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2104 4400

Email: [email protected]

Website (Portuguese):


Hospital Rios D'Or

Address: Estrada dos Três Rios, 1366 - Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro, 22745-005, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2448 3600, +55 21 2448 3600

Website (Portuguese):


Intensive Care Servicos Medicos

Address: , Rua Camatiá, 100, Freguesia – Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro RJ, 22743 360, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2568 9944

Fax: +55 21 2568 9944

Website (Portuguese):


Med Lar Internacao Domiciliar

Address: Rua Passagem 123, 2 Andar, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, 22290-030, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 2542 8989

Fax: +55 21 2542 8989

Website (Portuguese):



Address: Rua Alvaro Ramos, 560, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, 22280-110, Brazil

Tel: +55 21 3873 8181

Website (Portuguese):


  • Sao Paolo


Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz

With over a century of existence, the Oswaldo Cruz German Hospital was founded in 1897 and holds a position as one of the most recognized healthcare institutions in Brazil. A group of German-speaking immigrants, whose dream had been to offer health services to both members of German colony and to the general public as a way to reciprocate the welcome they had received in the country, managed to enable the construction of the building, which, today, characterizes part of the Hospital complex in the district of Paraíso, in São Paulo.

Address: Rua Treze de Maio, 1.815, CEP 01323-903, São Paulo - SP – Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3549 0000



Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

One of their cornerstones is the integration and articulation of diverse areas, services and multidisciplinary teams. This approach helps us obtain a horizontal perspective when dealing with heath care and integrates all of our resources to offer high quality in assistance. The Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, Transplant and Orthopedics and Rheumatology areas are structured as Integrated Programs. Each one of these programs is led by a medical manager with the support of specialty nurses and case manager nurses, who manage each and every patient from arrival to discharge.

Address: Av. Albert Einstein, 627/701, Morumbi, Sao Paulo, 05652-900, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3747 1233

Fax: +55 11 3747 1041



Hospital Sao Luiz Itaim

São Luiz General and Maternity Hospital is considered as one of the most advanced hospitals in Brazil and is a national reference as a maternity hospital, general hospital, and emergency room. It was founded in 1938 as a polyclinic with 12 beds at that time. Nowadays, has four units in São Paulo city: in the districts of Itaim Bibi, Morumbi, Tatuapé and Jabaquara.

Address: Rua Dr. Alceu de Campos Rodrigues, 95, Itaim, Sao Paulo, 04544-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3040 1100

Fax: +55 11 3841 9338



Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo - Hospital São José

The Portuguese Beneficence of São Paulo, the largest private hospital in Latin America, with over 154 years, about 7,500 employees and 2,200 physicians, the Portuguese Charity of St. Paul has a management based on service quality, humanization, teaching and research, plus a clinical body made up of renowned experts.

Address: Rua Martiniano de Carvalho, 965, Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, 01321-001, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3505 6000

Website (Portuguese):


Instituto de Ortopedia e Traumatologia

IOT has two buildings: the first with 10 floors and the second with 4, totaling an area of 25.000 m². Both buildings are destined for treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. IOT still has 7 specialty laboratories and a clinical body with about 160 doctors, orthopedists, residents in orthopedists and anesthesiologists. This group also comprises geriatricians, physiatrician, thoracic and plastics surgeons, urologists and cardiologists who also support the patients undergoing orthopedic treatment.

Address: Rua Dr. Ovídio Pires de Campos, 333, Jardim América, Sao Paulo, 05403-010, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3069 6920



Divisão de Medicina de Reabilitação

Address: Rua Diderot, 43 – térreo, Vila Mariana, Sao Paulo, 04116-030, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 5549 0111

Fax: +55 11 5549 0556


Hospital E Maternidade Santa Joana S/A

Address: Rua do Paraiso, 432, Sao Paulo, 04103-080, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 5080 6000

Website (Portuguese):


Hospital do Coracao

Address: Rua Desembargador Eliseu Guilherme, 147, Paraíso, Sao Paulo, 04004-030, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3053 6611

Website (Portuguese):


Instituto de Psiquiatria

Address: Rua Ovídio Pires de Campos, 785, Jardim América, Sao Paulo, 05403-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3069 6987

Email: [email protected]


Hospital Samaritano - Sao Paulo

Address: Rua Conselheiro Brotero, 1486, Sao Paulo, 01232-010, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 38215300

Fax: +55 11 3824 0070


Hospital Santa Catarina

Address: Avda. Paulista, 200, Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, 01310-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3016 4133

Fax: +55 11 3016 4413


Hospital Sirio Libanes

Address: Rua Dona Adma Jafet, 91, Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, 01308-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3155 0200


Hospital do Rim e Hipertensão

Address: Rua Borges Lagoa, 960, Sao Paulo, 04038-002, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 5087 8000


ICHC - Medicina Nuclear

Address: Rua Ovídio Pires de Campos, s/n, Sao Paulo, 05403-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3060 3870


Instituto da Criança

Address: Av. Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, 647, Sao Paulo, 05403-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 26618500


Instituto de Radiologia

Address: Av. Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar, s/n, 3 andar, Jardim América, Sao Paulo, 05403-000, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3069 6701


Pro Matre Paulista

Address: Al. Joaquim Eugenio de Lima, 383 (Jardim Paulista), Bela Vista, Sao Paulo, 01403-001, Brazil

Tel: +55 11 3269 2233

Website (Portuguese):