Rio Carnival 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

12 February 2019

Article: 53/0608

In 2019, the Rio Carnival will take place from 1 to 9 March 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with an expected one million participants. It is likely that travellers from Europe will attend the event. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has advised that prior to travel to Brazil, Rio Carnival participants should ensure that all their vaccinations are up to date in accordance with the national immunisation schedule in their country of residence. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (usually MMR), rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and polio are advised. In addition, the meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine should be considered, as should vaccinations against hepatitis A, typhoid and yellow fever.

Further information and advice on travel to Brazil is available to view on the Travax (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: ECDC, 7 Feb 2019