Moving to Brazil

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Relocate to Brazil

Expats wish to move to Brazil either for job purpose or to permanently stay in such a gorgeous place has to go with the lengthy and challenging process of packing and moving. International movers can come to rescue at this point. These professionals have sufficient knowledge, experience, network, infrastructure, and well-trained staff to make your relocation like a dream come true journey.

Contact for Brazil Relocation

APAC relocation owns a strong network and resources and can manage customs, quarantine, freight services, insurance etc. on behalf of the clients. Request an online quote today by filling up a form or use our relocation estimation calculator to get an idea about your moving cost.


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What you need to keep in mind while relocating to Brazil

School: Brazilian public school education standard is free, but expats may face a problem of less teaching staff materials and overcrowding. Children between the ages of six and 14 must attend Ensino fundamental or elementary school. From 5 to 18 years of age, Ensino médio (secondary school) begins. Expats need to visit the public schools to start the registration process for l.

Major cities like  Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, and  São Paulo offers several options for private and international schools in Brazil. International schools, mostly concentrate on British or American curriculum and some focus on nationalities like-Spanish, Italian, German, French, etc…

Housing: Expats in larger cities can reside in condominiums, apartments, and houses in gated communities. Accommodations are normally rented unfurnished on a lease period of two to three years. Short-term rentals are available in coastal towns where many wealthy Brazilians own their properties and visit very few times in a year.

You can start searching for accommodation options, either on rent or for buying purposes through local newspapers and online property portals. Before committing to any property, expats must hire an experienced agent for complete guidance.

 Jobs: Brazil has the largest labor forces in the world, but the Brazilian job market is highly competitive. The government wants to maintain at least two-thirds of employees population in companies to be native Brazilians so chances for expats become less. But this rule does not include the agricultural industry, on a Brazilian born child, on a person living in Brazil for at least ten years, or if someone is married to a Brazilian.

Expats must apply for the jobs before their arrival. learning language like Portuguese and English will be added advantage. It would be better if someone gets a transfer from their home country to the Brazilian branch of their company. Salaries paid in Brazil are a low search for jobs that pay in foreign currency. You can take help of employment agencies, newspapers, home country’s embassy for prospective job offers.

Bank accounts: There are major state-owned banks like Caxias Economica Federal and Banco do Brazil(the largest bank in Latin America), regional banks like Banco do Estado de São Paulo and private banks like Unibanco, Banco Tieu, etc…Banking is expensive in Brazil due to interest rates on transactions and government-imposed taxes.

There are many foreign-owned banks in Brazilian cities which make banking easier for expats(both short-term and long-term stays) to access certain financial services in Brazil. One Brazilian Real=100 centavos.

Visas: Brazil follows a reciprocal visa system which simply means if Brazilians require a visa to visit any country, nationals of that country require Brazilian visa too for short-stay or Tourist purposes.EU nationals, British, and South African citizens do not need a visa while Canada, New Zealand, USA citizens do.

A tourist visa is usually valid for 3 months and immigration authorities are expected to check bank statement and a valid onward ticket to make sure visitor successfully survive in Brazil during this duration.

Business travelers apply for a short-stay business visa for conferences and trade fairs. Expats who wish to permanently reside here can apply for a permanent visa. These visas can be of types like-family reunification and retirement, business investment, etc.

Cost of living: Expat’s biggest expense is rental accommodation and by living in a less central location or having housing allowance can help expats. Basic groceries are reasonably priced, but upscale grocery stores offer expensive imported items. Restaurant meals are on the high side. Locally produced food, seafood for coastal cities, and beef or pork for inland farming regions are less expensive. Transportation expenses, parking, and insurance are pretty high. International schools are expensive.

Medical Care: Public medical care is free under the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) but is overcrowded and underfunded. Private healthcare comes with higher standards and cost. Larger cities have more private practitioners and health insurance is vital for expats to bear the health care costs. Pharmacies in Brazil are open 24 hours a day and can be easily accessed in larger cities and towns. Expats are required to take pre-travel vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Rabies, Hepatitis A/B, Typhoid.

 Driving license: Driving license from your home country is valid for short time staying in Brazil, but expat must obtain an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP), which carries a Portuguese translation before arrival. Expat must have a Brazilian driver’s license if you own a car or planning to stay in Brazil. One is required to register with the federal police and with the transport service (DETRAN), attend at least 45 hours of theoretical classes, and pass a psychological and a medical examination.

Make your relocation organized, hassle free and legal with proper preparation. For that, one must plan their relocation with international movers who have ample exposure in managing international relocation.  Choose Apac Relocation for best experience.