Going to RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL from MANILA PHILIPPINES

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

If you are from the Philippines and you want to go to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for several reasons like witness the 2014 FIFA World Cup, watch the Rio 2016 Olympics, party during Mardi Gras Carnaval or just want to visit Christ the Redeemer and swim in Copacabana & Ipanema Beach here is a brief guide of some of the things I did and wish I did that might help you with your Brazilian Trip.





THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO BRAZIL

1. Rio de Janiero is miles away from the Philippine
Because Brazil is located in South America which is on the very opposite side of our country it takes 23 hours to travel without the layover waiting time. 




2. There's no need for a Brazil Visa if you are carrying a Philippine Passport
This is one of the things that I love about Brazil, they don't require Brazil Visa for Filipinos yet American Citizens are required to have them- pretty neat huh?

3. However going to Brazil is VERY expensive
Take note that the flight going to Brazil is NOT CHEAP. Mine costs at about P143,125.00 round trip via Emirates- Thank God for Tresemme!!!



inside Emirates Economy Class


4. There are no direct flights from Brazil to Manila (and vise versa)
There are several options for a stop over when going to Brazil, in my case the connecting flight is in Dubai.


Dubai <3

5. Philippines is 11 hours ahead
So expect to have a 'jet lag' once you arrive in Brazil. My Mama had a very difficult time dealing with it so I suggest to sleep the entire day once you arrive in Brazil in that way you will revive your strength the very next day. 

6. Their currency is Brazilian Real
As of this writing the equivalent of R$1 (Brazilian Real)  is P18 (Philippine Peso) and $1 (US Dollar) is R$ 2.4  (Brazilian Real). We have our dollar changed at the hotel but it's cheaper (daw) to have your dollars change at Rio de Janeiro Airport.

7. Note down the Philippine Consulate Address in Rio de Janeiro
143 Ipanema CEP 22421-030, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone:  +55-21-2521-8570
Fax:       +55-21-2287-1134
               +55-21-2430-1450
Email:    info@owl-ind.com.br
               romulomene@owl-ind.com.br

source: http://philippines.visahq.com.br/embassy/brazil/

WHAT TO EXPECT IN BRAZIL


1. It's not always hot in Rio de Janeiro
Our biggest mistake: Didn't bring jacket during the tour! My Mama even wore sleeveless top at Christ the Redeemer. The temperature in Brazil vary around the country, for the south area- Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro experience cool winters and hot summers. Summer in Rio is from December - February, January being the hottest month of the year. Winter months are considered to be July, August & September although it rarely gets cold, for us Filipinos who are not used to the chilly weather it would really help to bring a jacket with you for safety. In this case the beach season is a whole year option in Brazil. :)

Chilly Ipanema

2. Muggers are rampant (daw) in Brazil
From the very start of my Brazil preparations I heard & read a lot of mugger stories from family, friends and the internet that kept me very paranoid from day 1 till our last day (watching City of God years before didn't help either!) That was why I was veeery careful with our belongings. Because we were both ladies we opted to arrange tours when we want to see famous sites. Important tip that I learned: do not bring all your money with you when you go out, put it in the hotel safe. Also do not bring your passport with you, just bring a photocopy/scanned passport when going out.

3. Brazil locals are extremely nice
Despite the bad tales Brazil is known for, surprisingly for the entire one week of our stay in Rio de Janeiro we never experienced anything drastic at all. No muggers/ pickpockets/ maniacs! All locals were very very nice, in fact there were a couple of locals who told us to be very careful with our stuff, another local lady offered to be a translator in a coffee shop, and a local guy even helped me set up my umbrella at the beach. So I guess being extra safe, alert & PRAYERS will help you survive Brazil. Let the LORD be your tour guide :)

top: Local lady who offered to translate what we want to say at a coffee shop.
bottom: Local guy who offered to help me set up my beach umbrella



4. Most of the locals are not very keen on speaking English, their language is mainly Portuguese
I had a hard time communicating with them, it is best to talk to them in Spanish (so you can also practice your Spanish speaking talent!) or just do hand signals - which worked for me :)

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GO TO BRAZIL

The best way to go to Brazil is to ask a travel agency to arrange the flight for you, in this way they will know what's the best connecting flight to take plus they will also help arrange your accommodations, transfers and tours. 



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55 comments

  1. <3 it Cham! wish I could visit Rio too. :)

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    1. Go!!! :) I saw your Europe pix! dun ko naman gusto pumunta :)

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    2. hi cham! i would like to ask if you have any idea about any travel agency here in the philippines who has ALL IN PACKAGES to brazil? please do message me at my facebook account for your response on my query.


      facebook account name: MEL YSSA

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  2. hi! what did you present to the philippine immigration before leaving? thanks! and sa brazil immigration na din.. :)

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    1. Plane Ticket, Departure Card & Passport. They never asked anything from us aside from that but be ready for hotel vouchers & other documents :)

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    2. Gusto ko pumunta ng brazil then mag apply ng work dun...is that possible?...ok lng kaya un?

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  4. I really enjoyed this blog and gave me an idea of how to plan our trip. My partner and I are currently planning to get married there around february. But knowing that it'll be "hot" summer, I think we can rearrange. I'm coming from US and my partner in philippines. A very expensive trip indeed.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, if you want to enjoy the beaches I guess February is just fine. When we went there during winter we didn't enjoy the beach as it get really cold. :) excited for your wedding there. <3

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  5. i want to stay for roughly 21 days ... i wonder if a travel agency would know about the hostels and guesthouses there , which r much cheaper than some hotels can b

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    1. Wow, that was quite long. :) I usually check at booking.com or agoda. Best to get a hostel near copacabana, ipanema or leblon so you won't spend money on transportation, saves time too if you plan to spend most of your stay at the beach

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  6. Where airport did you arrive in Brazil?

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    1. Not sure what specific airport but it is in Rio de Janeiro :)

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  8. Hey there!! Thank you for this very informative post. :) I want to ask if you need a transit visa in Dubai? Thank you heaps! ;)

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    1. Hello there! No need for transit visa in Dubai :)

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  9. hey there can i ask something, ngplan kasi kami ng brazilian bf ko na sa brazil kami mgmeet kc busy sa sa.work nyq sa usa, at kung pupuntq sya sa.phil. mahihirapan cyq kc qlmost two days ang byae, di tulad ng brazil mga 9 hours lng. mas my time kc ako dahil hindi qko busy kaya ako nq lng pupunta sa brazil.kahit malayo, sagot nya any lahat ng gastusin, and it will b my first time to travel too, tanong ko lng, is it possible na.makapunta ako don ,? thanks

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    1. Of course! You just need a passport, airplane ticket and money to book hotel, buy food and pay for the attractions :) hope I answered your question :)

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  11. Hi cham!!,i am planning to go to brazil also cause my bf is there.he is a brazilian.and maybe i will stay in his house during my tour.do i still have to book for a hotel?do i need a return ticket before going there?,or may i buy a return ticket in brazil?is it only dubai airport that you pass through?

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    1. Hi Allen Joy, if you are staying in his house I guess that would be more practical as you can save money and allot it somewhere else. The ticket going back is up to you. But I highly suggest you book your ticket prior to flying as the immigration might ask for it when you arrive in Rio.

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    2. Thank you for answering my question..it is highly appreciated.
      But i have a last question,.do i have to show money if i will go there?or will they check my bank account?if yes,how much money will i have to show if i will stay in 2weeks in brazil?

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    3. No, they won't ask for anything. The immigration process was quite fast. They just checked my passport then had it stamped :)

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    4. Very well said.
      Thank you so much!!

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  12. Hi!! Just wanted to ask if a transit visa is needed for your connecting flight in DXB. Thanks!

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  13. Hi po! ask ko lng po if you dont mind, magkano ba lahat nagastos nyo s trip? at how much po dapat yung pocket money?? thank you po

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    1. Hi Jermaine! Medyo iba kasi ang case ko because it was a prize getaway kaya I didn't pay for airfare, hotel and a day tour. But I asked for an extension. Siguro for pocket money and hotel accommodation kindly prepare 50K for 3-4 day tour. coming from the Philippines airfare is really expensive around 127k back and forth via Emirates I think

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  14. hi

    I'm planning to go to rio week of 15 june - 20. the 50k allowance super extra n ba gun ? ill be coming from dubai and on solo ... I've been checking some hostels and like a backpacking trip lang naan ...

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  15. Hi cham! nice blog here... very informative. I am planning to visit brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug 5-21. Tanong ko lang kung may kakilala kang group (or individual) with same plan? or baka may alam kang nag oorganize ng group tour to brazil Olympics? btw, I am going there solo, that is why I am searching for possible network planning to go there to save cost on accommodation (at least). Thanks! hearya soon!

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    1. Hello Benedict! Hmmm, as of the moment none pa. But will inform you if I know someone. :)

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  16. hello po Ms. Cham!
    Gusto ko po sanang manghingi ng advice sa inyo kung okay lang po. I have a brazilian bf po more than 2 years na po kami and 4 times na po syang pabalik balik dito sa Pilipinas. And he really wanted me to visit his place too which is in brazil kaso lang po 2 times na po akong na offload,noong una, i only brought with me a passport,roundtrip ticket and small amount of money kasi sagot nya lahat like house,foods etc.kaso po ang immigration officer ay humingi sa akin ng mga dokumento na nagpapatunay na kami ay may relasyon like pictures namin,at supporting document from him at wala po akong naipasa noong una,at sa pangalawang beses po ay na offload na naman ako,dahil kulang ng supporting document ang kinuha lang kasi namin ay authorization letter from embassy here manila ngunit hindi nila yon tinanggap kaya offloaded na naman ako.....At next year gusto na naman nyang subukan,na magkasama kaming dalawa sabi nya dalhin na daw nya bank account nya pati lahat ng credit cards para ipakita sa immigration na kaya nya akong suportahan dun...sa palagay nyo po okay na ba yun? e allow na po ba nila akong makatravel? or ano po bang dapat naming gawin?...please,i badly need your advice po..thank you !

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    1. Hello there!

      Thank you for taking the time to read my Brazilian posts. I'd love to help anyone who needs my advice about travels however I'm afraid I think I'm not in the right position to answer your question. When we went to Rio de Janeiro we were never questioned about anything kasi. We never presented documents or airfare tickets.

      I have a question though sinong immigration officer ang nag off load sayo? here in the Philippines or in Rio?

      Maybe you should be ready and purchase a round trip ticket manila-rio-manila in that case alam nila na babalik ka sa Pilipinas.


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    2. hello po Ms. Cham!

      Maraming salamat po sa pagsagot sa aking mensahe. Ms. Cham, ang immigration officer po dito sa Pilipinas ang nag offload sa akin ng pangalawang beses. Meron nman po akong roundtrip ticket po at saka valid passport at may kaunting pera kasi ang bf o fiancee ko po ang sasagot sa lahat na gastusin sa pag stay ko doon sa brazil.
      At next year po plano nya akong dalhin sa brazil pero this time po magkasama kaming ba byahe,at sabi nya dalhin na nya lahat ng bank accounts nya at credit cards para ipakita sa immigration na kaya nya akong tustusan doon(kasi thats one of the requirement which the immigration officer was asking for me aside from the pictures namin,recebo ng pinapadala nyang pera at authenticated supporting document from the philippine embassy in brazil).

      Sa palagay nyo po ba Ms. Cham hindi na ako ma o offload this time na kasama ko na sya?
      At okay na po ba na bank account at credit cards lang ng fiancee ko ang ipapakita sa immigration na nagpapatunay na kaya nya akong tustusan doon kahit hindi authenticated sa phil.embassy ng brazil?...maraming salamat po ...

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    1. Hi there!
      What do you mean 140k? For the entire trip? I'm not sure on the airfare.

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  18. More information about Rio Di Janerio and this time all these resources are far valuable as Olympics 2016 is going to be held at the same place. People from different corner of the world will be there to enjoy both the giant gaming competition and natural beauty of Brazil. So, for the outsiders, a proper guide is very much important to explore the distant places. Your blog will be truly helpful for such visitors. I may suggest the name of Rio Vip Pass as they have already gathered some better reputation and positive responses including me. Just contact with the professionals and start planning for a new Disney land. Thanks for the conversation.

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  19. Good evening Cham, I was womdering if you can help me out. My boss is also planning to buy me tickets to go with them to Brazil. They will be flying out from the U.S. and me from the Philippines. I'm having second thoughts on going since I'm not sure what are the requirements needed or documents that I need to present. I hope you get to read this. Thank you!

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    1. Sorry Cham, I forgot to put in my name. Anyway, I'm leaving this January 4th 2015, if everything pushes through. My boss told me that airfare is no problem. I just need to know what documents are needed on my end. Do I still need to present a letter that they will be sponsoring me for this trip? Any advise you can give is a big help. Thanks again!

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    2. Sorry for the late reply. When we were at the immigration they never asked me anything except for my passport of course. But please be prepared to bring an itinerary and hotel voucher

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  20. She’s been a member of the Rutgers University Dance Team, cheap ticket to pakistan

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  21. Obrigada which means thanks. The most useful Portuguese word during my travel in Sao Paulo and Rio.

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  22. Hello Ma'am.
    Ask ko lng po meron bang direct flight from hongkong to Brazil?

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  24. I am fortunate that there is one in Houston, just five hours south of me. visa to dubai

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  25. I am. Filipina travelling going to Brazil passing Japan anD Houston before reaching Brazil. .what documents I need to show Japan and Houston airports

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  26. How much budget do I need for the entire trip? Any idea? travel guide coron

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    1. Around 50k for the pocket money alone :)

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