Rio Carnival 2023
13 Feb 2023
Rio Carnival 2023 takes place from 17-25 February in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil although carnival events also happen in other cities in Brazil. Over 1 million people are expected to attend Carnival in Rio.
- see LIESA website for further information on the Samba parade.
Advice for Travellers
If you are planning on travelling to Brazil for Carnival, you should:
- be aware that international travel guidance and guidance on attending carnival events may change at short notice
- review the latest FCDO foreign travel advice for Brazil including entry requirements and quarantine restrictions
- make sure you are up to date with UK recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination
- if you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19, you should carefully consider your travel plans and consider seeking medical advice prior to making any decisions about travelling
- ensure you are able to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures during travel and at your destination: further information on this can be found in the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page
Furthermore, if you are planning to attend Carnival celebrations in Brazil, you should consider:
- if you are up to date with your routine UK schedule vaccinations
- if you need any travel vaccinations or boosters before travel; you can find this out in the 'vaccinations' section of the Brazil country page
- that in some parts of Brazil there are viruses present which are spread by mosquito bites, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and zika virus: know how to protect yourself against mosquito bites
- if you or your partner is pregnant or planning pregnancy, zika virus can result in severe consequences for the baby
- having valid comprehensive travel insurance which covers COVID-19 related illness or unexpected delays, and all of the activities you are planning on your trip
- how you can avoid insect bites and take care with food and water safety precautions, respiratory hygiene and hand hygiene during travel and when you are abroad
- reviewing the advice on personal safety, accident prevention, sun safety and sexual health risks
You should see a travel health professional if you require any further advice or information on any of the above points.
If you become unwell after you return to the UK with a high temperature (fever) or flu-like illness, you should seek urgent medical advice. Always tell the healthcare professional about your recent travel abroad, particularly if you have travelled into an area where malaria is a risk.