The official time in Salvador is the same one used by the federal capital, Brasília, three hours less than the Greenwich Meridian (GMT-3).
It is not advisable to drink tap water. Always drink mineral water sold in supermarkets, restaurants, convenience stores and the like.
The voltage of Salvador is 110 volts. When requested, most hotels provide transformers to visitors who have different voltage devices, such as 220 volts.
The current Brazilian electrical plug standard has 3 (three) pins.
Health and Medical Assistance
Emergency Mobile Assistance Service (SAMU) – Tel .: 192.
Foreign visitors must, prior to travel in their country of origin, acquire medical care with international coverage.
Visa and Passport
Visitors from countries belonging to Mercosur must have only some identification. For tourists and visitors from other countries it is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 06 (six) months.
Salvador has about 3,300 public buses and one subway. In addition to the public transportation system, Salvador offers tourists other private transportation services made by special buses with guides and bilingual drivers.
Salvador has a fleet of approximately 7,000 taxis that circulate throughout the day in the city, serving local people and tourists. The price is reasonable and the cars are comfortable (Source: Union of Taxi drivers of Bahia).
Restrictions on Smokers
In Salvador, legislation is strict and smoking is not allowed indoors.
Giving tips in Salvador is optional. The amount generally applied is 10% of the total of the account.