What is the time zone of Brazil?

The main land of Brazil is divided into three time zones being Acre, Amazon and Brasilia Time zone. The country is not observing daylight savings anymore since 2019.

The largest part of the land and population are in the Brasilia Time zone. It covers the mid and eastern regions including cities of Rio de Janeiro, San Paulo and capital Brasilia.

  • Brasilia Time (BRT):– 3:00 UTC/GMT (behind)

The states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondônia, Amazonas and Roraima are in the Amazon Time zone. It covers about 34% of the land.

  • Amazon Time (AMT):– 4:00 UTC/GMT (behind). Also referred to as Brasília Time BRT -1

The state of Acre in the most western tip of Brazil is in the Acre Time zone.

  • Acre Time (ACT):– 5:00 UTC/GMT (behind). Also referred to as Brasília Time BRT -2

The Brazilian Island of Fernando de Noronha in the Atlantic Ocean is observing the Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) – 6:00 UTC/GMT

Acre Time
Amazon Time
Brazilia Time
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Time of neighboring islands and countries

You might change time zones when you cross the border with other countries. The below information is only valid for ground travel as direct flight might take you to other time zones depending on your destination.

To Peru:

You will enter the Peru Time zone

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Acre

There is no time difference

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Amazonas

The time difference will be -1 hour (behind).

To Bolivia:

You will enter the Bolivia Time zone

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Acre

The time difference will be +1 hour (ahead).

  • Crossing the border from any other Brazilian border state

There is no time difference

To Paraguay:

You will enter the Paraguay Time zone

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Mato Grosso do Sul

October to end-March: The time difference will be +1 hour (ahead).

End-March to October: There is no time difference

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Parana

October to end-March: There is no time difference

End-March to October: The time difference will be -1 hour (behind).

To Guyana:

You will enter the Guyana Time zone

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Roraima

There is no time difference

  • Crossing the border from the Brazilian state Para

The time difference will be -1 hour (behind).

To Argentina:

You will enter the Argentina Time zone, but the time remains the same all year round

 To Uruguay:

You will enter the Uruguay Time zone, but the time remains the same all year round

To Colombia:

You will enter the Colombia Time zone which is -1 hour (behind).

To Venezuela:

You will enter the Venezuela Time zone, but the time remains the same all year round

To Suriname:

You will enter the Suriname Time zone, but the time remains the same all year round

To French Guiana:

You will enter the French Guiana Time zone, but the time remains the same all year round

Brazil Daylight Savings Time (DST)

There is no daylight savings time.

Other countries in South America

You can check out information and maps of other South American countries by clicking below links.