Moving to Brazil from Europe – tips and hints

Are you moving to Brazil from Europe? Or you are thinking about it? Then, you should know all the facts, before you do this big step. It does not matter if you are moving because of a new job, education or pleasure, moving to Brazil could be so challenging. Especially, if you move alone. But luckily, we are here to give you some tips for the relocation.  Be prepared for a big change. First, you will need a help with moving, One Moving Brazil is a reliable company for it.

A sunset in the background. Moving to Brazil from Europe is a great experience.
Welcome to Brazil!

Brazil is the largest country in South America, with over 208 million people. The capital is Brasília, and Sao Paulo is the most populated city. Portuguese is an official language in Brazil, but it is a little bit different from European Portuguese.

Things to do before moving to Brazil from Europe

Moving is a big step in your life. Prepare yourself before it.

  1. Learn the language – Get your lessons now. It will be much easier for you if you understand Portuguese, of course. Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America but, more people speak Portuguese in South America than Spanish. Because Brazil is about 350 times bigger than the UK, for example.
  2. Start packing- You will need a more time for packing than you think. Start a little bit earlier. Moving your home to Brazil is a big step, so it is o.k. to search for some help. You want to your house relocation be smooth.
  3. Be prepared mentally – If you are moving with your family, plan and work together. Moving to Brazil from Europe could be a cultural shock, and it is normal. That’s why you have to be prepared for this move. It is a long distance moving, and it is not easy.

Visa for Brazil

There are many visa types and requirements. When you come to Brazil, you have to register if you want to stay more than 90 days. Types:

  • Temporary residence visa/work visa- To apply for a temporary visa, you need to secure a job offer from a Brazilian company (or a foreign company based in Brazil) or government department. The criteria include educational qualifications and a secured employment contract in Brazil. Also. you will need confirmation that you have no criminal record and a medical examination.
  • Permanent visa – There are seven categories of application. All these visas include a marriage and family unification.  This type covers also the businessmen, investors, and retired people.

Costs of living in Brazil

When we talk about the costs of living, plus rent, the most expensive city in Brazil is, Rio De Janeiro. And one of the cheapest big city is Curitiba.

Renting an apartment

If you want to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city center in Brazil, it will cost you about 1300R$. But, you can save some money, and rent an apartment outside of the city center. There, the average rent per month is 900R$.

Buying an apartment

You want to live in your own place. The best solution for that is to buy a home. The average price for a square meter in the city center is 7100R$, and outside the center is 4900R$.


A national law obligates all employers to pay a bonus at the end of the year if you’ve worked a full twelve months. The average monthly Net salary, after tax, is 1760R$.


Taxies have two-meter rates. One and two. Two is used after midnight and during December. Taxi 1km, normal tariff, is 2,75R$, but you can save some money and use a bus. The one-way ticket is 4R$.

Things to see in Brazil

A popular Carnival

Parties can be found year-round in Rio de Janeiro, but if you want something unique, this is it. You need to reserve a whole week in February to feel the vibe of this Carnival.

Woman on the carnival.
The most popular Carnival in the world is in Rio, so do not miss it.

Copacabana Beach

A magnificent beach. It is 4km long, with a flurry of activity along its length.

Cristo Redentor

It is the statue of Jesus Christ, located in Rio. It is constructed between 1922 and 1931. When you say Brazil, this is the first thing people imagine.

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The Tijuca is all that’s left of the Atlantic rainforest, so you must visit it. This tropical jungle is a home to beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, high peaks and mountainous terrain.

Sugar Loaf

The easily recognized emblem of Rio de Janeiro, rising 394 meters above the beaches and city, will blow your mind. Moving to Brazil from Europe is maybe complicated and hard, but is definitely worth it.

Iguaçu Falls

This is the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet. Do not forget to visit these beautiful falls


The most popular sport in Brazil is football. Wherever you look, people play football. Maracanã is one of the most popular stadium in the world. Even if you do not like football, you will like it there, for sure.

A stadium full of people in Brazil.
Be part of this beautiful country. Learn to play football, and you will be a real Brazilian.

Food in Brazil

It will take some time for you to get used to new tastes. The food is spicier than in Europe. Do not eat it too much at the beginning. Try new things every day, little by little.

Moving to Brazil from Europe could be challenging. It is a big step for you (and your family too). But, it’s worth it. The most important thing is to prepare yourself in every way. First of all, you need to know what to consider when moving home. After that, explore a little bit. Where do you want to live? What is your budget? Which city is best for you? Do you want to buy a home or to rent it first? Consult your family, and ask them for the opinion.

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