Rio Carnival 2022

26 April 2022

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The 2022 Rio Carnival, originally scheduled to take place between 25 February and 1 March, was initially postponed until April 2022 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. Previously, in January 2022, the Rio mayor announced via the media that the street carnivals and events have been cancelled this year also because of the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. However, the official Samba parade, to be held in Rio’s Sambadrome stadium, is still scheduled to proceed on 22,23 and 30 April 2022, with additional health precautions in place. 

Many other cities in Brazil have cancelled this year’s carnival events. 

Advice for travellers 

Travellers planning on travelling to Brazil for the Rio Carnival should:

Furthermore, travellers attending the carnival celebrations should:

The following TRAVAX advice pages may also be applicable for those travelling to Brazil:

On return to the UK, travellers should seek urgent medical attention if they develop a fever or flu-like illness and should inform a healthcare professional of their recent travel history, particularly if they have travelled in a malaria endemic region.

Sources: TRAVAX, 19 April 2022 and fitfortravel, 19 April 2022