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How do get a CPF in Brazil

It is possible for foreigners not residing in Brazil to obtain CPFs so you have no excuse for not having one.  CPFs are very useful; from getting discounts in the Zona Sul supermarket or registering on some Brazilian websites. You will need a copy of one of the following documents translated by a sworn translator and consulorized at your local Brazilian consulate. Valid ID from your country RNE/CIE (Foreigner’s registration… I’m guessing you don’t have …

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How to get a cell phone when visiting Brazil

I would recommend getting a local phone as soon as you arrive in Brazil.  Most Brazilian phones are locked from calling internationally and therefore few people can call you. There are four big cell phone companies, TIM, Vivo, Claro and Oi. For a pre-paid phone I would recommend TIM. It has one of the fastest data plans (R$0.50 per day) and the coverage is pretty good, at least in Rio de Janeiro. Whilst it is …

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How to find a good apartment to rent in Rio de Janeiro

Finding a good apartment in Rio de Janeiro takes a lot of time, effort and patience.  The Jornal Globo newspaper on Sundays still has the largest offering of apartments to rent and buy in Rio and its hit and miss. Online sites like zap.com.br and vivareal.com.br are a good source since many of the local estate agents advertise on these sites. Of course you can call estate agents directly to enquire but we warned they are …

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How to find a doctor in Brazil

Finding a doctor in Brazil is surprisingly hard.  Most Brazilians have health plans (Unimed, Amil, Bradesco etc.) which supply them with a written list of approved doctors from which to choose.  For most, this manual is the first port of call.  More often than not, it is common to ask friends and family for recommendation as in most Latin cultures. Slowly, the search for a doctor is moving online.  There are a few websites that …

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How to deal with bad customer service in Brazil

Customer service in Brazil does not compare well the US.  It might possibly be better than some part of France, but you get the point. When it comes to call centers, Brazil might have the worst in the world.  I have only had bad experiences with call centers in Brazil. I found out recently from someone working at Oi that their IT system automatically cuts the call after a certain length of time to preserve …

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