Brazil

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The local currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL). It is issued in coins of 1, 5, 10 and 50 centavos, and in bills of 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 reals.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Brazil , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00.
Administrations are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:00. Shops are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00. Supermarkets and commercial centres are open from 10:00 to 22:00.



Transportation

Road
Brazil has roughly 1.5 million km of highways but just over 10% are paved. In Brazil, 60% of all freight - including waterways, rivers and coastal shipping - moves over 1.5 million km of highways. The 1993 federal highway concession programme decided to privatise 8,000 kilometres of federal highways and to turn over 7,500 kilometres of federal highways to state control. Each winning concessionaire takes on the responsibility of meeting investment targets for roadbed and user service improvements over a predetermined time, which can be as long as 30 years.



Air
Tourists leaving Brazil by aircraft must pay an airport fee to get their boarding pass. The maintenance of the planes is correct. The maintenance of the planes used by the company Vasp is likely to be insufficient.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .br



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Sim
No = Não
Thank you = Obrigado ( m ), Obrigada ( f )
Hello = Olá,
Good morning = Bom dia
Goodbye = Adeus, Tchau
I do not understand = Eu não entendo.
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Quanto custa isto?
I would like to buy = Eu gostaria comprar...
Do you accept credit cards? = Você aceita cartões de crédito?
Where is? = Onde é?
The metro = Metrô
An airport = Aeroporto
The station = Estação ferroviária
Post office = Correio
The bank = Banco
The police station, the police force = posto de police
The pharmacy = Farmácia
Would you have any vacancies for tonight ? = Há vagas para hoje à noite?
One ticket to..., please. = Uma passagem para..., por favor.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Portuguese. Commercial languages: English and Spanish. Historically, Brazilians have not been very open to learning other languages. However, in recent times, they have made progress in learning commercial languages such as English and Spanish.


Last modified in January 2006
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