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Old Jan 27, 14, 3:19 pm
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Starting today (Monday June 17, 2019) tourists with USA (plus Canada and Japan IIRC) passports can enter Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa and can possibly extend their stay to 180 days according to CNN.
Brazil Tourist Visa Questions and Answers
Since November 21, 2017, Brazil has offered the option of online e-visas for Australians to save the visits to Brazil embassies and consulates. Sounds good, any experiences to share?

E-visas will be offered to Americans, Canadians and Japanese as of January, 2018. The e - visas are to be done within 72 hours.


Brazilian visa questions have been moved to this "sticky" thread, so others can find it and various answers more easily.

A useful tool to determine your visa needs is TIMATIC- Star Alliance helpfully provides access to TIMATIC via this link, with a page you can provide nationality, country of residence, trip origin, destination, etc. to get the same information used by your airline to permit / not allow you to fly. NON-US passport holders can download a PDF document via this page to determine their visa requirements (TIMATIC may be more up to date).

N.B. If you enter Brasil by land be sure to get your entry stamp; failure to do so may result in a fine and penalties. (Art. 125 XVI, c/c Arts. 22 e 24 da Lei n 6.815/80 modificada pela Lei n 6.964/81 punishable with a fine of 413.88 Reals each, ~$190 USD - see post)

Generally, for U S Passport holders (TDS' Brazil Visas page has links, requirements, downloadable forms here.)

The passport (original is required) must:

. . . ● Be valid for the next six months
. . . ● Have at least one blank visa page (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
. . . ● Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

You may be required to provide a copy of your identification / personal information page as well. You may want to scan this as well and send yourself a copy so you can retrieve it form e-mail if your passport is lost, stolen or damaged.

Photograph: ONE color, passport photo is required; must

. . . ● Be printed on photo paper (paper-printed digital photos not accepted)
. . . ● Be two inches by two inches
. . . ● Have a white background
. . . ● Have been taken within the last six months

Proof of Residency in Consular Jurisdiction

A copy of current Driver's License, displaying your residential address, or other legal proof of residency such as a lease or utility bill, is required

Proof of Travel Arrangements

Proof of travel arrangements for the trip duration are requested, including:

. . . ● Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket showing entry and exit dates
. . . ● Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport)
. . . ● Letters of invitation for nonpaid lodging can be useful

Each consulate may have slightly different requirements regarding proof of travel plans. Carefully read the site for the Brazilian Consulate under whose jurisdiction your residence falls.

Note: An itinerary is a printout of reserved RT flights, not a paid ticket.

Note that Brazilian authorities may require proof of financial sufficiency - $150 per day would be considered minimally reasonable, but credit cards often suffice for such proof.

Online Brazil Application (from CBIT)

The Consulate of Brazil has instituted a web-based visa application form. The application must be completed online and can be found at https://scedv.serpro.gov.br/. We cannot process your visa request if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:

. . . ● Include answers for all fields
. . . ● Include your name as it appears in your passport (leave the middle name field of the application form blank if your middle name is not represented in your passport)
. . . ● Include your designated code number which will be issued at the end of the online application process
. . . ● Include your signature as it appears in your passport
. . . ● Be submitted to the consulate within 30 days of completion
. . . ● Be signed inside the LARGE BOX found directly below the place of birth field
. . . ● Be printed and included in your completed (Application Kit)

Some Brazilian Consulates are (as of date of this edit) allowing electronic upload of documents for review, with originals presented at time of interview.

Minor Applicants

Minors under the age of 18 must submit the following documents, all of which must be notarized:

. . . ● The attached Minor Authorization form
. . . ● A notarized letter of consent from both parents or legal guardian
. . . ● The child's birth certificate
. . . ● A copy of both parent's photo IDs
. . . ● If the child has legal guardians, the guardians must provide a notarized legal proof of guardianship.

Fees: United States passport holders: US$ 160.00, charged in reciprocity for an identical fee paid by Brazilian citizens who apply for a tourist visa to the U.S.; $65 Canadians, $35 Australians; no visa needed for U.K. Citizens.

[an additional $20 consular fee is due when the visa applicant is not present in person to submit the visa documents. Must be paid via a U S Postal Money Order (cash, credit cards and checks are not accepted). ]

Some Brazilian Consulates do not accept application packets by mail, only in person. If you or a relative cannot appear in person.... try a visa service if you can not personally make it to a consulate dispensing visas; the office you use must must be in the service area of the Consulate you are required to use (depends on where you live).

List of Brazilian consulates in USA.


. . . ● The "must be used within 90 days (the first time) requirement was done away with in January 2010 (for holders of most countries' passports, including US, but not all countries)
. . . ● the fee for U S passport holders, which is in reciprocity with US visa fees to Brazilians, is U$160;
. . . generally a multiple entry visa for ten years from issue (but other times may always be specified by the consular officials);
. . . ● validity is for a maximum duration per stay of ninety days (can be extended within Brazil by the Federal Police up to 90 more days) and a maximum of 180 days per year.

Note for US Citizens obtaining a visa for Brazil at a consulate outside the United States, the process and rules aren't completely the same. So check on the local website for the consulate you plan to visit.

The previous thread is: Tourist Visa for Brazil: questions (archival - closed)

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Old Oct 15, 21, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by MaxVO View Post
Thanks. Just to clarify, Brazil does not require that vaccination prior to entry, correct?
Correct. It's not mandatory, although it's recommended for visiting many states/regions.
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While no date has been set yet, it appears that Lula has announced that passport holders from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan will again need to apply for a tourist visa. Allegedly part of the reasoning being that there wasn't a large enough increase in travellers to justify not having reciprocity.
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I will forever be against Brazil requiring a visa for Americans but let’s say I was open minded…what data are they going to include? From the time they got rid of it to the pandemic starting was about 6 months? Does post pandemic travel get included?
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Old Mar 9, 23, 2:48 pm
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Political idiocy!

I bet citizens of Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Cuba and even North Korea probably don’t need a visa.

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If I'm not mistaken, Brazilian citizens do need a tourist visa for the US, so I can follow the logic to make the whole thing reciprocal.
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Originally Posted by wuzziduzziman View Post
If I'm not mistaken, Brazilian citizens do need a tourist visa for the US, so I can follow the logic to make the whole thing reciprocal.
Its certainly one kind of logic, but that doesn't mean its the most rational logic or leads to the best economical outcomes. These types of approaches seem to be a "cut off ones nose to spite ones face" approach.

The reality, whether people like it or not, is that Brazil likely needs/benefits more from tourism dollars from these countries than vice versus.

It certainly plays a part in my decision making process. It's not that I can't afford the visa, but given how many others countries welcome me without cost/additional hassle (or at least a much lower cost), why hassle with it?

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Originally Posted by wuzziduzziman View Post
If I'm not mistaken, Brazilian citizens do need a tourist visa for the US, so I can follow the logic to make the whole thing reciprocal.
The US Visa Waiver Program is open to citizens of countries with low visa overstay rates and low nonimmigrant visa denial rates. Currently, Brazil does not qualify with a 2.46% overstay rate and a 23.16% visa refusal rate.
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Originally Posted by wuzziduzziman View Post
If I'm not mistaken, Brazilian citizens do need a tourist visa for the US, so I can follow the logic to make the whole thing reciprocal.
They generally are required to get a visa to visit the US, but they need no visa to go visit Monaco, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and so on in Europe. Brazil used to be the country whose tourists to the US would be the biggest spenders per head, but that didn’t come with Brazilians getting any breaks on US visas.

American tourists’ dollars matter way more for Mexico than American tourists’ dollars matter for Brazil, so not surprised that Brazil would follow a separate course from Mexico with regard to visas.
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