Why carry an IDP while driving in Brazil?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Brazil highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Brazil
Driving in Brazil can be dangerous, if you are used to driving in Europe. That is why you have to learn the road system of Brazil before you will arrive there. The majority of roads are in a good condition, especially in the South and in the North of the country, but in other regions there are unimproved or dirt roads, for example, in the Amazon area. Take note of the few important reminders.
Important Reminders For Driving in Brazil:
- Brazil is a right-hand drive country.
- The minimum driving and rental age is 18 years old.
- Seat belts are a must.
- Keep your phones away at all times while driving. Hands-free is a must.
- Drink responsibly. The maximum blood alcohol level is 60 mg per 100 ml of blood.
- Speed limits in Brazil are 30-50 km/h in urban areas, 60 km/h in rural areas and 120 km/h in highways.
- Keep your tank filled up! You will be fined if you run out of gas..
- Driving in flip-flops is not allowed.
- Bring your valid driver’s license and passport along with your International Driver’s Permit (IDP).
Additional Information For Driving in Brazil:
Drivers should keep doors locked and windows closed, especially, at night, due to the high criminality (carjacking and robbery at the traffic lights). It is allowed for drivers don’t stop at the red lights at night in major cities, for example, San Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Temporary visitors, who hold full National driving permits and International driver licenses, can drive in Brazil for six months. They must carry their both documents – National driving permits and International driver licenses – at all times when driving. Visitors who hold full driving permits issued by countries that Brazil has signed and ratified agreements or international conventions may obtain a full Brazilian license without taking the complete test.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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