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-Handshaking is customary on meeting and taking one’s leave, and normal European courtesies are observed.

-Frequent offers of coffee and tea are customary.

-Flowers are acceptable as a gift on arrival or following a visit for a meal.

-A souvenir from the visitor’s home country will be well received as a gift of appreciation.

-Casual wear is normal, particularly during hot weather. In nightclubs, smart-casual (eg blazer, no tie) is acceptable. For more formal occasions the mode of dress will be indicated on invitations.

-Smoking is acceptable unless notified otherwise.

-The Catholic Church is highly respected in the community, something which should be kept in mind by the visitor.

-Tipping 10 to 15 per cent is usual for most services not included on the bill. Tipping taxi drivers is not normal practice.

-Do get a Brazil cell phone rental so you can stay in touch and coveniently get important information during your stay.

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