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Tip: Prepare your move to Rio de Janeiro.

19 February 2020

If you are thinking about moving to Rio de Janeiro, check out some points in our post! Many people decide every year to leave their country and move to Brazil. Whether it's for a few months or a few years, here are some things to know to prepare for your arrival.

Today, the city has a little over 6 million inhabitants and is a great option for those looking for a place with joyful natural beauties and a city where winter is not winter.So, if you are thinking of moving to the Wonderful City, we have separated some tips on how to prepare for your move, keep reading and check it out!


Some factors directly influence the move to Rio de Janeiro. Among the main ones we can mention:


It is important to know a few things about the local culture in order to be able to adapt to the Brazilian lifestyle.

To begin with, punctuality is not one of the qualities that could be cited in the cariocas. It is quite difficult to expect them to be on time for an appointment, whether it is professional or personal. Don't be surprised if they are slow, it is part of their culture. Nevertheless, they remain very receptive and friendly.

As it is usually very hot in Rio de Janeiro, the inhabitants of the Cidade Maravilhosa use light clothing in everyday life and their flip-flops almost never leave their feet whether it is to go to the market, the mall or to lunch.

A fairly important part of the daily life of Brazilians is the nightlife. Every day of the week you can easily find somewhere to spend an evening, whether it is in a bar or a nightclub. Parties start quite late and can go on until the early morning.


To move around Rio, besides walking to many services to get from one neighborhood to another :

The metro connects the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood to the north of Rio de Janeiro through the entire zona sul. There is no monthly pass, so you have to buy the card directly at the pre-paid counter, which can be recharged ad infinitum.

Uber is a service that is widely used in Brazil and has very competitive rates. Many Brazilians are abandoning the metro in favour of drivers. In addition to Uber, there is also a driver application called 99. In Rio de Janeiro, there are also buses, tram taxis, ferries, self-service bicycles and electronic scooters that always provide a way to get from point A to point B.


Many Brazilians speak only Portuguese due to the great disparity in access to education in Brazil. It is often easier to make oneself understood in Spanish than in English.

In order not to take risks, before leaving to live in a country different from one's own, it is essential to take local language courses. You will find many private teachers or schools for adults but you can already prepare yourself by downloading free mobile applications to learn the basics of the Portuguese language.


To move to Rio de Janeiro, one of the main concerns is the visa. Those who are natural or have citizenship in some countries, such as many in Latin America, some in Europe and now the United States, can enter Brazil directly with a tourist visa that lasts only 90 days.

To stay longer in Rio de Janeiro, it is necessary to apply for a permanent visa or depending on the country, a temporary visa.

To get a permanent visa, besides needing to find a job, you will need to prove that your professional skills will benefit the economy of Brazil or that you have capital to stay here. If you intend to start a business, you must have a minimum amount of initial capital. Retirees, on the other hand, must have a minimum of R$ 6,000.00 monthly pension.


One of the most important parts of the moving process in Rio de Janeiro is choosing your property. The neighborhood you select will have an impact on your lifestyle, traffic flow and safety. The zona sul is one of the safest areas to live in Rio de Janeiro, prized by expatriates and tourists alike.

The main neighborhoods in the southern zone are:

- Copacabana, 
- Leblon, 

- Ipanema,

- Gávea,
- Jardim Botanico.

These are among the districts where the standard of living of the inhabitants is the highest, they are quite safe and quiet districts surrounded by such natural beauties. Most of them have direct access to the sea and to the walks available in the city.

To get away from the hustle and bustle of these places, you can always decide to live in the neighbourhoods a little further away from the centre and accessible by car, metro or bus. Neighborhoods like Joá and São Conrado are among those places completely surrounded by nature where life is quiet and peaceful.

No matter which neighborhood you choose, you will be able to find the best rentals at WhereInRio, a real estate agency specialized in luxury real estate in Rio de Janeiro that has a complete concierge service to accompany you every step of the way.

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