FAQ’s regarding Visas often asked by our Clients…
Disclosure : Please note that this post is for general information purposes only and each traveler is encouraged to obtain information directly from his/her closest Brazil consulate for up to the minute travel information and requirements as they frequently change!
What is a Visa? – A Visa is a stamp on your passport on one of the back pages from a foreign country giving you the permission to enter and travel to that country. (see picture below of what a visa looks like on a page from your passport).
Do I need a visa to travel to Brazil if I already have a passport ? – YES. A visa is a stamp on one of the back pages of your actual passport from the Brazilian government giving you permission to enter Brazil and has nothing to do with the passport itself.
What countries require a Brazil visa? – As a general rule, if your country requires Brazilians to get a visa to enter then Brazil will also require one for you to enter Brazil. (they call this “reciprocity” rule).
If you are an American, Canadian or Australian citizen you DO NEED a visa for Brazil. If you are an E.U. citizen or South African, Colombian, Peruvian, Mexican, Argentinian you do NOT need a visa for travel to Brazil. If you are a citizen of another country besides these, click HERE to see a list (from the Consulate of Brazil’s ) website indicating what countries require a visa and which are exempt. (be sure to carefully read the first page and number codes to understand the site).
Can I obtain my visa at the airport or when I get to Brazil? – If you require a visa, you must obtain the visa PRIOR to departure! You MAY NOT obtain a visa at the airport and will in fact be DENIED BOARDING your flight to Brazil if you don’t have the visa prior to your flight! (airlines are find heavily if they accept passengers to travel that don’t have visas and will check for your visa when you check into your flight!!) Although some countries do issue visas “upon arrival” , Brazil currently does NOT do this and you MUST OBTAIN THE VISA BEFOREHAND!!
Where/how do I obtain my Brazil visa? – If you are an American, Canadian, Japanese or Australian citizen, you can now apply for a visa ELECTRONICALLY ONLINE! (This was very recently implemented in late 2017/early 2018!) If you hold a passport from another country that does require a visa and it not one of the four mentioned above you must either process your visa directly at the closest consulate of Brazil to where you live OR through a third party visa processing company.
Click HERE for a link to the official Brazil E Visa processing company VFS Global. This company is the official processor of electronic visas for the Brazilian government for only Canadians/ Japanese/Australians and Americans.
How Long is the visa good for? – The new Brazil Electronic Visa is valid for for 2 years and the length of stay for the visitor’s visa will be 90 days per year.
What is the cost of the Brazil E-Visa? – The eVisa currently costs: $40USD + processing fee of $4.24 for a total of $44.24. This is much cheaper than a traditional tourist visa that used to cost$160USD for 10 years!
How long does it take to process a visa? – If you fill everything correctly on the visa site it will take up to five business days. We recommend obtaining the visa with as much lead time as possible in case of any errors in your application in which case you would have to re-submit the application.
Can I get a traditional Brazil Visa for 10 years at the consualte? – Yes! If you prefer to get a 10 year visa, or if you are not a holder of an American/Canadian/Japanese/Australian passport you can still get a “traditional” visa at your closest consulate of Brazil or a visa processing company. Below are three recommended visa processing companies . (note that the 10 year visa is more complicated and expensive to obtain so we only recommend doing this if you do not fall in to the categories above or want a longer visa or if you need a special visa for work purposes and NOT tourism).
USA residents click HERE
Canadian residents click HERE
Australian residents HERE
Can I process my visa at a local post office? – NO. The only entity that can issue a Brazilian Visa is the Brazilian government via a Consulate or the visa processing website mentioned above.
Do I have to turn in/send in my actual passport for a Visa? – NO. With the new Brazil E-Visas you do NOT have to turn in your passport to the consulate anymore if you are a USA/Canada/Japan/Australian citizen. If you hold a passport from another country that DOES require a visa from Brazil other than the four mentioned above you WOULD have to go the old fashioned route and turn in your passport with the closest consulate or send it to the visa processing company.
Can I be denied a Visa? – It is quite rare but you CAN be denied a visa. Typically you can be denied a visa if you have a felony record. In nearly 15 years of business, TGW has not had anyone (to our knowledge) be denied a visa from the USA/Canada or Australia . Typically as long as your fill out the forms correctly online (or at the consualte) you will be granted a tourist visa for Brazil. If you do NOT fill out the forms correctly your visa will typically fall into an “incomplete” or “pending documentation” status but not be actually denied.
Can I use my Visa if my passport is expired? – If you were already issued a Brazilian Visa on a passport and the passport has subsequently expired, you can carry the old passport with the unexpired Brazilian visa along with your new passport without a problem.
Do I need any other documentation to enter Brazil? – Typically not. Please check your Consulate of Brazil for details. You may also want to check your own country’s regulations when you re-enter (for example, some countries may require a yellow fever certificate to re-enter AFTER having visited Brazil such as South Africa and Colombia.)
Do I need any vaccinations to enter Brazil? – At the moment you do NOT REQUIRE vaccinations to physically enter and travel to Brazil. However we recommend that you check with your family doctor as well as with your government (such as the CDC, etc) for RECOMMENDATIONS for vaccinations.
If I am a dual citizen of a country that doesn’t need a visa but a US /Canadian citizen can I use my 2nd passport to avoid getting a visa? – Generally yes! You would check into your flight with your passport from the country that does NOT require a visa for Brazil , arrive in Brazil with that passport , but return to your home country with your home country passport or resident card.
Can TGW process my visa for me?– TGW Travel Group is NOT a visa processing company so it does not have the ability to do so.
Do you have any tips regarding Visa processing? – YES!
- Process your visa in a timely manner. If you are eligible for a Brazil E-Visa even if the website indicates a five day turnaround time, this does NOT account for any errors. For this reason we recommend at LEAST ONE MONTH prior!
- When filling out the visa application forms online, make sure to follow ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. Visas can be denied or delayed for failure to complete the forms correctly or not having the correct size of your picture (JPEG) etc.. The paperwork and forms are not difficult but you need to follow EXACT INSTRUCTIONS!
- If applying in person, make sure to make an appointment (where applicable) and read your local Brazilian consulate’s website for hours of operation , holidays, and exact procedures as each consulate has specific and different requirements processing times and procedures.
- Arrive early to your appointment and take something to read.
- Be courteous and patient with all consulate staff.
- Make sure your passports do not expire within 6 months of arrival in Brazil . Additionally you will need two blank pages in the back of your passport for the Visa. (if you do not have those you will need to renew your passport).
If you have any further questions about visas or travel documentation, please contact your TGW rep!