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Brazil's currency is the Real (R$), which has a fluctuating exchange rate. Currency can be exchanged at banks, travel agencies and authorized hotels. Both traveler's checks and other currencies can be easily exchanged at such places. International credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, stores, travel agencies, car rentals and other companies providing services to tourists.
Source: Ministry of Tourism

Tourists who have been to, in the past three months, or who are coming from Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, French Guiana, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire, are required to present an international vaccination certificate against yellow fever. Vaccines against yellow fever are also recommended to all domestic and foreign tourists planning to visit the Brazilian states of Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins. To be effective, vaccination must take place at least 10 days prior to the date of the trip.
Source: Ministry of Tourism.  

A visa is a federal permit allowing foreigners to enter Brazil. For most countries, it is only issued abroad. A visa must be requested by all foreigners planning to stay longer in Brazil or who were born in countries that do not have an agreement with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We recommend getting information on issuance requirements because the process takes a few days to complete. Click here to learn more.
Source: Ministry of Tourism