Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK: MEDIUM
Brazil is an overall safe country for most tourists. Some travellers might face some dangers while in large cities or in remote areas. It is ranked 81th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Brazil. Be very aware of your surroundings while in Rio. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: MEDIUM
Brazil is an averagely dangerous country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK: HIGH
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Brazil. Be aware of tampered ATM , fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Brazil.
NATURAL RISKS: MEDIUM
There are some natural hazards in Brazil, ranging from dangerous animals/insects, mosquito-borne diseases and riptides. Don’t go swimming alone, and follow the advice in the “is Brazil Safe?” section.
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Brazil has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks. There can be some large protests in Sao Paulo, Rio or Brasilia.
WOMEN TRAVELER RISK: MEDIUM
Brazil is mostly safe for women travelling in the country. Some parts of the country (particularly in the NorthEast and the remote Amazon) can be more dangerous, and there have been some media frenzy over tourist rape cases in Rio – although there are very limited.