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Practical Information in Rio de Janeiro

You’ll need an extra suitcase to fill with colourful summer fashions when visiting Rio de Janeiro. Pack your beachwear and dancing shoes to make the most of a city that knows how to party.

  • GMT

    -3 GMT (-2 in Brazilian summertime)

  • Money

    The Real (R$) is the currency.

  • Visas

    Each country has its own regulations and restrictions for its visitors. Find specific visa information for your destination.

  • Health

    Travelling to (sub) tropical destinations means taking care of your health. Read more about health issues for the area you're visiting.

  • Electricity

    110V AC, 50 Hz, three-pin plugs are standard.

  • Dialling Code

    +55 (national), (0) 21 + eight-figure number (Rio de Janeiro).

  • Rio de Janeiro Tourist Info

    RIOTUR - City of Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority website

Fit In

A laid-back beach destination, Rio de Janeiro is known for its tropical fashion style. Daytime is all about staying cool in a sundress or shorts paired with colourful flip flops. At night, Cariocas love to glam it up for dinner and dancing. Don’t be shy to flash some skin or bold colours. Dress more conservatively when visiting churches or the downtown business core. A light sweater or jacket keeps away the chill in air-conditioned spaces and on rare cool days.

Public Holidays 2011-2012

  • Christmas Day 25 Dec
  • New Year's Day 1 Jan
  • São Sebastião 20 Jan
  • Carnival 18-21 Feb
  • Easter Monday 9 Apr
  • Corpus Christi 7 Jun
  • Independence Day 7 Sep
  • Nossa Senhora de Aparecida 12 Oct
  • All Souls' Day 2 Nov
  • Proclamation of the Republic 15 Nov

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