Brazil Travel Visa

All U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil need a Brazil travel visa no matter how long they are staying or what the purpose of their trip is. You must get your travel visa before you arrive. Visas are not issued on arrival in Brazil. You are responsible for securing the appropriate type of visa for your trip.

If you do not have the proper documentation, you will not be allowed to enter the country. Brazil issues visas for the following reasons:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Child adoption
  • Diplomatic or official
  • Exchange student
  • Filming or Media Coverage
  • Health treatment
  • Researcher or scientist
  • Social worker
  • Media correspondent
  • Permanent residency
  • Professional athletes
  • Professional entertainer
  • Religious or missionary
  • Sports competition
  • Student
  • Technical assistance
  • Trainee
  • Volunteer
  • Work
  • When you arrive in Brazil, you will be required to fill out an immigration form. In addition to keeping your Brazil travel visa with you, you must keep your immigration form with you for the duration of your trip. When you leave, you must present the immigration form to Brazilian officials. If you do not have it, you must get special permission to exit the country and you may be fined.

    Visa Requirements

    Visa requirements vary based on the type of visa you need to obtain.

    Below is a list of items that are required for most types of visas

  • Completed visa application
  • U.S. passport with at least six months validity and one blank visa page
  • Two passport photos
  • Travel itinerary showing proof of return
  • Applicable fees
  • Minors under 18 must also provide a birth certificate and a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents or guardians, granting permission for the issuance of a visa.
  • This is not a comprehensive list of requirements. Additional documentation is required based on the type of Brazil travel visa for which you are applying. For the most up to date visa requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of Brazil.

    Submit Your Application

    You can submit your application by mail or in person at a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. If you apply by mail, you must provide a pre-paid self-addressed USPS Express Mail envelope. To submit your application by mail, you must send it to the Consulate that has jurisdiction over the state in which you live.

    (NOTE: Some Consulates do not accept applications by mail. Be sure to check the requirements of the Consulate that has jurisdiction over your state before submitting your application.) On average it takes about 7-10 business days to process Brazil travel visa applications. However, processing time varies depending on where you apply and whether or not you submit your application in person or by mail.

    It can take much longer depending upon the type of visa for which you are applying and the time of year you apply. The Brazilian Consulate does not offer rush or emergency service, so it is important that you allow enough time before your trip to obtain your visa.


    The cost of a Brazil visa is $140 or $150 depending on the type of visa for which you apply. If your application is submitted by mail or someone other than you or an immediate family member there is an additional $20 processing fee. All Brazil travel visa fees must be paid by US Postal Money Order made payable to the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. Cash, personal check, credit and debit cards are not acceptable forms of payment.

    Visa Service

    If you need help with your visa application or you live in an area where the Brazilian Consulate does not accept applications by mail, you may want to authorize a visa expediting service like “company name” to submit your application for you. Professional expediters are authorized by foreign embassies and consulates to submit visa applications on behalf of their clients.

    Visa services are familiar with all of the most current visa requirements for nearly every country in the world. They make applying for a Brazil travel visa fast and easy. If you have questions at any time during the application process a representative will be available to assist you.

    When you have completed your application form and sent it along with all of the supporting documentation to the visa service, a representative will review it to make sure it is complete and accurate, so there are no delays issuing your visa. Then someone from the visa service will deliver your application to the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in person. When your visa is issued, it will be mailed to you, so you can be on your way.

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