Guidelines for Brazil Visa

How to apply for Brazil visa? - Everything you need to know!

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Brazil requires entry visas from the citizens of some countries. Passengers from one of the visa-exempt countries can come to this Federative Republic of Brazil only with their passport but the others must apply for an entry-permission in advance. This is possible to do in one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions. This is impossible to get the Brazil visa at the port-of-entry. Before planning your trip to Brazil, check if you need a visa and if so, make sure that you are eligible to obtain it. Read our article to know:

  • Which countries are visa-exempt and their citizens can travel to Brazil only with passports?
  • Which can be the purposes of your visit if you are from the visa-exempt country or you hold a tourist visa?
  • How long can you stay in Brazil with a tourist visa?
  • Which are requirements for Brazil tourist visa?
  • Which documents you will need to apply for Brazil’s visa?
  • Which are requirements for Brazil’s visa for minors?
  • How long you will be waiting for your Brazil visa?

Going to Brazil without a visa

If you are a national of one of the countries listed below, you can just take your passport, pack your luggage and book your flight to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo. The visa-free regime is applicable to the following countries:

  • All European Union states
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fihi
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Gujana
  • Honduras
  • Honk kong
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Lichtenstein
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nicaragua
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

If you have a passport from one of the above-listed countries, you can visit Brazil without additional conditions.

Visa-free travelers can enter Brazil for a stay of up to 90 days, but this period can be extended up to 180 days. 

Moreover, travelers of any nationality can stay on Brazilian airports without a visa as long as the traveler does not leave the international transit area.

Allowed purposes of a short-stay in Brazil (tourist visa or visa-free)

If you are eligible to enter Brazil visa-free or you get your tourist visa, you can spend in this country up to 90 days but only if you travel for:

  • tourism and visiting family and friends
  • cultural and recreational activities
  • social life - attending conferences, volunteer work, research, study and teaching
  • business - negotiations, events, reporting, filming, surveying, audits, consulting, airplane and ship crew
  • transit 
  • artistic and sport activities

Remember: with the visit visa you are not allowed to get a paid job and receive any payment from Brazilian sources. The only exceptions are: daily allowances for living expenses, payments for entertainment performances, reimbursement of travel expenses and competition prizes and compensation for management of your own business.

The Brazil Tourist Visa called also Brazil Visit Visa is usually valid for multiple entries until it expires. Usually, its validity period is 12 months but maybe longer for some nationalities. Even if you have a visa for 90 days,90 days, you can request the Brazil visa extension from the Federal Police after your arrival but before the 90 days period passes. However, the combined stay must not exceed 180 within 12 months.

Brazil tourist visa eligibility

There are some requirements you have to meet if you want to enter Brazil. The main condition is to stay less than 90 or 180 days during one year. Of course, you must hold a passport and it must be valid at least six months on entry and contain at least 2 blank visa pages. To come to Brazil without a visa, you also have to:

  • Prove that you have sufficient funds to stay in Brazil
  • Show at the request your onward or return airline tickets
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination such as visas, vaccinations certificates etc.

Coming to Brazil, you must be able to cover all your stay in the country. You are expected to have $150 for every day of your stay and prove to have these funds.

Additionally, nationals of Spain, despite the fact that Spain in a European Union country, are required to hold proof of sufficient funds of at least $170 per day. Spanish must also show proof of confirmed hotel accommodation or a notary certified invitation letter from a resident of Brazil, and documents required for their next destination if it applies to their situation.

Requirements for Brazil tourist visa

You can apply for a tourist Brazil visa only in Brazilian embassies or consulates-general. You can do it online and set an appointment by email. To get your Brazilian visit visa, gather the following documents:

    • Passport valid for at least six months from the planned date of arrival in Brazil and 2 blank pages minimum
    • Old passports if you have any
    • A filled and signed visa application form - the application form must be completed exclusively online
  • Two colour passport-style photographs 
  • Covering letter from the applicant stating the purpose and duration of the visit
  • Original confirmed return/onward air ticket with a complete itinerary
  • A hotel reservation or a notarized invitation letter from a Brazilian resident (citizen of Brazil or foreigner with residence permit) assuring the responsibility for housing and related expenses during your stay
  • Proof of an employment contract/work in your home country. If you study, it can be proof of school or university enrolment and attendance. If the applicant is retired - proof of retirement and/or pension payment slip
  • Proof of financial status and/or means of support during your visit in Brazil (stamped and signed bank and/or credit card statements for the last 3 months; and)
  • Proof of a visa fee payment (remember that visa fees are not refundable)

All documents must be original or notarized. Photocopies of scans will not be accepted.

Brazil’s visa requirements for minors

If you travel with your underage children or your child will be travelling to Brazil alone or with a third person, you have to hold their original birth certificate/legal proof of guardianship or a notarized copy of one of these documents. The second condition is submitting the latter of consent authorizing the visa to be issued to a child travelling alone, with only one parent or with a third party, signed by both parents or legal guardians. You also have to prove that you have funds to support the minor during their stay in Brazil. If the child is travelling with both parents, the letter is not necessary.

Moreover, children of age: 3 months - 6 years must be vaccinated against polio and the vaccination certificate must be submitted.

Brazil visa fees and processing time

Every Brazilian diplomatic mission such as the embassy or consulate-general has its own workflow. If you are looking for further information about fees and payment methods, processing time etc. - contact the Brazilian consulate or embassy where your visa application will be processed. In most countries visa processing time is 7-10 days, it is rather impossible to be less than 3 days.

What to see in Brazil

The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America and occupies almost half the continent! Brazil can be proud of its coast with golden-sand beaches which attract millions of tourists from all the world every year. But this country has much more to offer than a tropical paradise. Colonial architecture, numerous world-class art museums, historic centres, cathedrals and churches, coloured buildings, breathtaking nature, range of water sports and of course its famous carnival when the city comes alive with vibrant, colourful street celebration - all of this is waiting for you in the Southern Hemisphere!