General travel advice


About Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in both South America with a population of over 209 million people. It is the world's 5th-largest country by area and the 5th most populous. In the global ranking of the world’s largest economies it is number 8 and sits between France and Italy. The official language in Brazil is Portuguese. It is a multicultural and ethnically diverse nation, due to strong immigration from various places in the world in the last two centuries.


Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a tourist visa before they can enter Brazil. Check in advance whether you need a visa to enter Brazil. Also, you may read the travel information on Brazil on your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

European Union
Citizens of the European Union can stay in Brazil up to 90 days without a visa.

United States of America, Canada, Australia, Japan
US, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese citizens can apply for a Brazil e-visa, which means that you can do everything online and you are no longer required to go to the Brazilian embassy.

Other countries
Check on whether you need a visa.

Obtaining your visa
Nowadays, some visa applications solely need filling in online forms and paying the respective application fees, and the visa is then issued via email or by post. In the end, the exact process depends on how your home country has set up this process.

For some people it might be easier to use an online application service such as has no affiliation with or other visa agencies.

Length of stay

If you primarily seek treatment because you are ill or unwell, aim for a minimum of two or three weeks. This way, you can receive extensive treatment at one or more centres.

If you seek spirituality anything from three days on will be an exhilarating experience. It is totally up to you how long you stay.

If you come to investigate the phenomenon, your stay could be as short as 3 days – arrival day, treatment day, departure day. You would witness the treatment and surgeries at one centre.

Language & translation

The official language is Brazilian Portuguese. Most people do not speak English, this applies to rural and urban areas. Even in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, and in other big cities, speaking English is not common. There are backpacker tourists who travel the country without speaking the nation’s language but their travel purposes and situation is different from yours and you may need/want to understand what you and the doctor spirits converse.

In principal, the only workable language is Portuguese. There are rarely exceptions to that. There might sporadically be one or two volunteers who will have some command of English, however it usually is not enough to have a meaningful exchange so that you understand what to do and what is happening.

As a general advice, if you don’t speak Portuguese, you are highly recommended to have somebody who will be translating for you as you want to communicate with the doctor spirits.

Interestingly, when incorporated some doctor spirits can make their mediums speak languages which they usually cannot speak. One of them is the German doctor spirits ‘Dr. Fritz’. Some mediums can communicate meaningfully in German for the time Dr. Fritz remains incorporated. However, for everything else you will need Portuguese.

Public transport

Public transportation is used by the lower and middle classes, daily delays and interruptions are to be expected. Bus stations are not always marked and busses can be severely delayed or not run at all without prior notice.

Intercity travels are commonly done by bus, and by plane for longer distances. The bus terminals are called ‘Rodoviaria’. Sometimes, it is cheaper go by plane rather than by bus. The great majority of inter-city busses are very comfortable and air conditioned.

For inner-city travels, it is best to use taxis, Uber/99/Cabify ect. unless you are at least somewhat acquainted with the area. Google Maps and other applications do not always show the right bus numbers or destinations as these change sporadically.


The Brazilian currency is the ‘Real’, plural ‘Reais’. ATMs and most banks such as ‘Banco do Brasil’ and ‘Bradesco’ work reliably with all major credit card companies such as VISA and MasterCard. It is also common practice to pay by card. Brazilians are very familiar with that. In small villages, you may not find an ATM or a bank but still have the options to pay your groceries by card. Though, it is recommended take out cash before going there.

When entering Brazil with cash that is equal to 10,000 Brazilian Reais or more, one must declare it at customs.


Incidents such as bus holdups, muggings, and robberies can happen but mainly occur in poorer areas. Muggers are mainly after cash and things that sell such as smartphones, watches and jewellery rather than hurting someone. In case of an assault, people hand over their belongings without resisting which in most cases leaves them unharmed.

If one follows the advice of the locals, the risk of becoming a victim of crime can be as little as in Central Europe. However, always be careful and vigilant. t.


Traditional food in Brazil is rice with beans, meat and a side salad. Vegetarian and vegan options grow in popularity but are not commonly available. The variety of fruit and vegetables is terrific and makes all veg-lovers happy.

Mobile internet

Mobile internet has significantly improved in recent years and coverage is good and stable. For 20 US dollar you will get a prepaid SIM card and 2.5 GB of data allowance that you can use up within 30 days – but only selected stores can hand them out to foreigners as foreigners do not have a Brazilian ID-code called ‘CPF’. For example, in a big city like Salvador da Bahia with a population of 4 million inhabitants, only two shops that have legal permission to give SIM cards to foreigners. You must show your valid passport/ID during the procedure.

Have a pleasant trip

There are scores of health seekers and spirituality seekers coming to the doctor spirits every year. Surely, many of them had questions before they started their journey but by the time they experience this peculiar but deeply powerful treatment ineffable bliss outweighs all uncertainty. After their first visitation, many come back at some point later on saying that there first visit was a reflection point in their lives.