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Current Dates and Times

Across South America, both Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time are in effect.

When countries, islands and regions are using DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME it is indicated by a red (DST).

Although variations may apply, and often with little notice, Daylight Saving Time is not observed in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, the Galapagos Islands, Guyana, Peru, South Georgia Island, Suriname and Venezuela.

Time in Brazil is particularly complicated as Brazil spans four major timezones. Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero are both located in BRST or BRT timezone depending on the observence of DST, putting them either 3 or 2 hours behind UTC.

The small island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil is 2 hours behind UTC. The two western timezones of Brazil, Amazonas Time and Acre Time are both 4 hours behind UTC and do not observe DST.

Note that Venezuela is 4.5 hours behind UTC.

Additional details on world timezones

UTC and GMT an update

The worldwide standard for coordinated universal time, formerly known as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), is now abbreviated as UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).

Some sources still refer to it as UTC/GMT and some web browsers, e.g. Mozilla Firefox, still display it as GMT.

The UTC Time (shown directly below) is the standard time zone upon which all other worldwide time zones are based. It never observes daylight saving time.

Falkland Islands in 2012 an update

The government of the Falkland Islands has determined that the country will stay on Daylight Savings Time in 2012. Doing so will allow the country more time to contact the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe during the working day.

Check back in April of 2013 to see if this trial switch is made permanent.

  • UTC at Greenwich, England

  • GALT - 6 hours from UTC

    Galapagos Islands
  • VET - 4:30 hours from UTC

    Venezuela
  • SRT, GFT - 3 hours from UTC

    Suriname, French Guiana
  • BRT - 3 hours from UTC

    Recife, Brazil
  • COT, ECT, PET - 5 hours from UTC

    Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  • AMT - 4 hours from UTC

    AMT - 4 hours from UTC
  • BRT - 3 hours from UTC

    SE Brazil - Rio de Janiero
  • FKST - 3 hours from UTC

    Falkland Islands
  • EASST - 5 hours from UTC

    Easter Island
  • BOT, GYT - 4 hours from UTC

    Bolivia, Guyana
  • PYT - 4 hours from UTC

    Paraguay, Cuiaba (Brazil)
  • FNT - 2 hours from UTC

    South Georgia Island
  • CLST - 3 hours from UTC

    Chile
  • ART - 3 hours from UTC

    Argentina
  • UYT - 3 hours from UTC

    Uruguay

Timezone Abbreviations

  • GALTGalapagos Time
  • BOTBolivia Time
  • GYTGuyana Time
  • SRTSuriname Time
  • GFTFrench Guyana Time
  • BRTBrasillia Time
  • COTColombia Time
  • ECTEcuador Time
  • PETPeru Time
  • PYTParaguay Time
  • FKSTFalkland Islands Summer Time
  • ARTArgentina Time
  • FNTFernando de Noronha Time
  • VETVenezuela Time
  • AMTAmazonas Time
  • CLTChile Time
  • EASTEaster Island Time
  • USTUruguay Time
  • DSTDaylight Saving Time