Moving to Brazil


Moving to Brazil


Basic information Brazil

If you are moving to Brazil, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Population: 202,768,562 of per 2014
  • Capital City: Brasília
  • Government: Federal parliamentary republic
    • President: Dilma Rousseff
    • Vice president: Michel Temer
    • President of the Chamber of deputies: Michel Temer
  • Major language: Portuguese
  • Major religion: Roman Catholicism
  • Monetary unit: Brazilian Real
  • International dialing code: +55

Are you moving to Brazil? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best removal quotes from international removal companies.


If you are moving to Brazil, then it might be useful to know about the Brazilian education system. The education system in Brazil has public schools and private schools. The public schools are free of charge while the private schools are more costly. School is compulsory for children between the ages of 7 years to 14 years old. The schooling system can be divided into the following layers:

  • Elementary school: for children from 6 years to 14 years old
  • High School: for children from 15 to 17 years old
  • Higher education

Although school is compulsory, this rule is often broken. Children mostly need to work at a young age to support their home instead of attending school. The public schools in Brazil are not high quality, because there is a lack in heating and plumbing. Many children (namely 1 out of 3) make it to the sixth grade.


Brazil has the 6th largest economy in the world and is one of the emerging countries. The IT, Finance and engineering sectors have many supply and low demand of jobs. Therefore the government has been granting a lot of work permits since 2014. The unemployment rate in Brazil was in January 2015, 5.3%. You will need to apply for a work permit if you are moving to Brazil because of work or if you want to work there. The work permit must be applied for in Brazil with the Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment.

If you are moving to Brazil and want more information about work permits, click on the website below:

Bank accounts

The biggest banks in Brazil are namely:

  • Banco do Brazil
  • Banco Caixa Econômica Federal
  • Banco Bradesco
  • Santander

It might be tricky if you are moving to Brazil and want to open a bank account. Expats can open a bank account if they hold a residence visa in some banks in Brazil. However every bank has their own rule and policies. Therefore it is important to keep in mind that you must discuss your options. It is more advisable to do so in a more international banks like HSBC or Citibank. The following documents will be needed:

  • Permanent or temporary resident visa (with a minimum duration of 12 montfhs)
  • Identity document – Either passport or the foreigner’s identity card
  • National tax ID number – CPF number
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income


Keep in mind that if you ware moving to Brazil and a Brazilian bank account that it is possible to discuss and negotiate your options.



If you are moving to Brazil or travelling to Brazil, you will need a visa depending on which country you come from. If you wish to stay for less than 90 days for tourism and you come from one of the countries (that is mentioned in the link), then you will not need a visa. However when you stay longer than 90 days you will need to apply for another visa.

If you are moving to Brazil and want more information about visas, click on the website below:

Cost of living

It might be useful to know about the cost of living if you are moving to Brazil. The cost of living in Brazil is more expensive than people think. Especially in the bigger cities like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Brasilia were one of the most expensive cities out of top 50 in 2012. There is a huge gap between the poor and the rich. On average, accommodation, transportation and manufactured goods can be considered expensive. However many expats choose to rent, and the rent is also one of the largest monthly cost that you will have.

Medical care

The medical care in Brazil is accessible for everyone in Brazil and health insurance is compulsory for all residents. The public health care is entirely cost free for residents and foreign resident which includes hospital, surgery or lab fees, even the prescribed medication is cost free. Like any other country, Brazil also has public and private institutions, however private institutions are considered to be better in Brazil than public ones. And the Brazilian health care is one of the strongest points in the country.

Driving license

Owning a car is considered to be quite expensive in Brazil. Obtaining a permanent Brazilian driving license is only possible if you are legally a resident in Brazil. Moreover you will need to meet the requirements of the Brazilian State Transport Department. The examination consists of 4 main tests:

  • Medical examination
  • Physiological behavior/ logical examination
  • Road theory and law instruction and test
  • Practical training and examination

Keep in mind that if you are moving to Brazil and want to obtain a Brazilian license that it is not possible to take the test in English. If you have an international driving license from your home country, then you can drive up to 6 months in Brazil upon your arrival.


Taxation in Brazil is considered very high for its residents and companies. However like any other country, the more you earn the more tax you need to pay.


Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since moving companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of international removal companies when moving to Brazil? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

  • Our service is free!
  • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
  • International moving companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Brazil starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Brazil could not be any easier!