Before relocating to Sao Paolo it is worth doing some research. It’s the commercial and industrial centre of Brazil. Locally known as Sampa, It’s the largest city in Brazil with a population of over 11 million people. Expats moving to Sao Paulo should allow some time to readjust to living in such a
chaotic city, with a lack of public services, traffic congestion, a high rate of crime, pollution and poverty. The city is home to every major industry in Brazil and has attracted expats from across the world.

The cost of living in Sao Paulo is very high and is one of the most expensive cities in the Americas. If you are considering relocating here, it is essential that you negotiate a salary that is sufficient to cover the cost of accommodation in a good neighbourhood. As well as the challenges of living in Sao Paulo, the city offers a vibrant and exiting nightlife with clubs, restaurants and bars and the annual carnival.

Visa requirements when relocating to Sao Paulo

Most nationalities will need to apply for a visa to relocate to Sao Paulo, this will need to be arranged before arrive in the Brazil. To obtain a visa, expats will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after entering the country. Short-stay, temporary and tourist visas usually take a minimum of five working days to process; visitor’s visas or tourist visas are usually valid for three months (90 days). Expats wishing to live in Brazil will need to apply for a permanent visa. This type of visa is offered to those who are married to Brazilian citizens, high-level business people, some research specialists, and people who wish to retire in Brazil. People staying in Brazil for more than three months must get an Identity Card by registering with the Federal Police, a Work Card from the Labour Department and a Tax Identification Card from the Ministry of Finance.

Currency when relocating to Sao Paulo

The Real (BRL), divided into 100 centavos.

Time difference when relocating to Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is 4 hour ahead of London

Useful facts when relocating to Sao Paulo

Country: Brazil
Official Language: Portuguese (official), English and Spanish
Unit of measure: metric system
Electricity supply: Generally 220V. Two-pin plugs are the most common.

Emergency numbers:

Police – 197
Ambulance – 192
Fire – 193

Travel connections when relocating to Sao Paulo

Airports: São Paulo-Guarulhos International AirportViracopos-Campinas International Airport
Train station: Luz Station
Main Road: Mario Covas Beltway (SP-21)

Major cities close to Sao Paulo:
São Bernardo do Campo
Santo André.

Property prices when relocating to Sao Paulo

As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land is strictly regulated. The services of certain
professionals are usually required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.

Typical property prices in Sao Paulo

Price per square meter in city centre 9600.00R$
Price per square meter outside the city centre 6,213.00R$

Typical property rental prices in Sao Paulo
Apartment (one bedroom) in city centre 1913.00R$ per month
Apartment (one bedroom) outside city centre 1411.00R$ per month

Property agents when relocating to Sao Paulo

Ibirapuera Park
v. Pedro Álvares Cabral
Vila Mariana
São Paulo – SP
T: +55 11 5574-5045

Paulo Roberto Leardi 
Av Pacaembu
São Paulo – SP
T: +55 11 3674-5000

Colliers International do Brasil
R. Olimpíadas, 205
São Paulo – SP, Brazil
T: +55 11 3323-0000

Local government offices when relocating to Sao Paulo

The British Consulate-General
Rua Ferreira de Araújo
São Paulo
T: +55 (11) 3094 2700

Leisure & entertainment when relocating to Sao Paulo

Theatro Municipal
Praça Ramos de Azevedo,
s/n – República,
São Paulo
T: +55 11 3053-2100

Mercado Municipal de Sao Paulo
Rua da Cantareira 306
Sao Paulo
State of Sao Paulo
T: +55 11-3313-3365

São Paulo Museum of Art
Av. Paulista
São Paulo
T: +55 11 3251-5644

Restaurants when relocating to Sao Paulo

Figueira Rubaiyat 
Rua Haddock Lobo
1738 – Jardim Paulista
São Paulo
T: +55 11 3087-1399

Avenida Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek
279 – Vila Olimpia
São Paulo
T: +55 11 3045-0043

R. Dr. Rafael de Barros
408 – Paraíso
São Paulo
T: +55 11 3052-4380

Home entertainment & communication when relocating to Sao Paulo

Mobile phone:

Education when relocating to Sao Paulo

UK Expats will often send their children to the American Schools, which teach the syllabus in English.

Relocation Companies

Location Strategy Solutions (LSS Relocation) was established in 1986. The Company has grown through innovation and excellent customer service provision and now includes many major international companies among its clients.

LSS is very much engaged with and involved in the world of national relocation and international relocation with memberships and council involvement within the ARPEuRA to name but a few. Through LSS’s long history within the relocation arena, deep rooted partnerships have been established across the globe allowing LSS to deliver to their corporate clients the right service for their particular needs, whether requiring seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location.

We understand the need to combine a professional service with the personal touch, so important when dealing with the inherent stress of relocation and the particular requirements of each individual and family. Through maintaining our independence we can treat your employees as human beings and not a number in a database.

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