South America Living

Visas & Fees for Brazil

Brazil is one of the more expensive countries in South America to travel or live in, and it charges upon entry as well. To visit the country U.S. citizens will need to pay $160 USD, Canadians $65 USD, and Australians $35 USD. UK passport holders do not need to apply for a visa but may need to show proof of sufficient funds (Source: Embassy of Brazil in London). All nationalities must have a passport that will not expire for at least six months after arrival. Visit the site of the Brazilian Consulate nearest you for details.

Coat of Arms of Brazil

If you have someone else apply for your Tourist Visa for you there is an additional $20 USD charge for all nationalities (fee waived if is a parent applying for a child, or spouses applying for each other). The above fees are for passport holders who are applying at a Brazilian consulate in person.

Requirements for the Tourist Visa are: completed application (in person or an adidtional $20 USD if someone else delivers it to the consualte for you); passport photos; passport valid for six months post-entry; travel intinerary (copy of e-ticket, letter from travel agency); fee paid in U. S. Postal Service money order made to the Consulate General of Brazil.

Important Note Regarding Payment of Fee: For Americans – cash, personal checks, money orders other than the ones issued by the U.S. Postal Service and credit cards are not accepted. Excellent FAQ by Brazilian Consulate General   For Canadians – money order or certified check only. More information here: Help Applying for Brazilian Visa

Once your visa has been approved and issued, it is valid for ten years (or date given on visa), multiple-entries into the country. A stay of 90 days per year is allowed on Tourist Visa. You can apply for an additional 90 days – ONCE. In any given year, you cannot stay over 180 days.

Have questions? Contact your countries embassy or consulate:   Living in Brazil – Embassies for the USA, Canada, Australia & UK

Getting a Brazilian Visa in Puerto Iguazu

Brazil, in general, does not issues visas at its border crossings (land or air). One exception to this rule is for the Iguazu Falls Tri-border area (Argentina, Brazil & Paraguay). It takes two days to do this: Fill out an application online, and bring documents and photos with you to the Brazilian Consulate in Puerto Iguazu. The fee (currently $160 US for US citizens) must be paid in cash, and your visa should be valid for 90 days, single-entry. If possible, you should get your Brazilian visa before arriving in Puerto Iguazu. But you can do it in Puerto Iguazu. You need to apply online for the visa, so you’ll need an internet connection. There are plenty of those in Puerto Iguazu. With your paperwork in hand (including photos, bank statements and other stuff), go to the Brazilian Consulate at Avenida Cordoba 264. near the bus terminal (Get there early). After you go through the interview and they take your papers, you should get your visa within half a day or so. Many visitors have hit the Consulate first thing in the morning, picked up their visas at lunchtime, and caught the bus over to the Brazilian side of the falls that afternoon. But you should budget two days for the process of getting a visa in Puerto Iguazu. Here’s a good guide (from a Canadian).   Travel Guide to Puerto Iguazú, Argentina & Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Departure Tax

When flying out of Brazil you will need to pay a departure fee. The current fee is $40 US for all travelers leaving the country on international flights. This fee is virtually always included in the price of your plane ticket, but be sure to check when you buy the ticket. There will also likely be departure fees for domestic flights, depending on what airport you are flying out of. The amount of these fees varies from airport to airport – again, they should be included in your ticket price, but check to be sure. Want an online travel guide to Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia?   Click here:   Living in Brazil – Capital City Brasília

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