How to Call Brazil From the United States

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How to Call Brazil From the United States. Call a friend in Brazil and practice your Portuguese before an escape to the tropical center of South America.

Things You'll Need

  • Foreign Language Phrase Books
  • Travel Guides
  • Telephones
  • Clocks
  • Telephone Calling Cards

Determine what time it is in Brazil. Far western Brazil is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States, western Brazil is 2 hours ahead of EST, and eastern and southern Brazil, including Sao Paulo, is 3 hours ahead of EST.

Dial 011, the international access code.

Dial 55, the country code for Brazil.

Dial the city code for the city you wish to call. Some codes for major cities are 21 for Rio de Janeiro and 71 for Salvador.

Dial the remaining digits.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you follow these steps but still can't connect, dial 00 and ask the international operator to help you place the call.
  • It can be very expensive to call long-distance during business hours, so try to make your phone calls in the evenings and on weekends.

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