With the US being pounded with snow all winter, it’s no wonder Brazil remains a popular destination for Americans seeking an escape to warmer climates. After all, we don’t even have to change time zones. Many tourists who choose Brazil might hope that the visa application process is just as easy to navigate, but the truth is that Brazilian visas require more information and documentation many consulates and embassies don’t ask for from tourists.
Getting a visa to Brazil fast
With nine offices across the United States staffed with teams of travel experts, Travel Visa Pro is the best choice for obtaining a tourist or business visa to Brazil in a hurry. Our Houston office staff regularly processes applications due to the local consulate and the fact the city is a common stopover for flights to South America, but any of our locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, Miami, and Boston can work with you to fill out the Brazil application form, gather the documents you need, and process it smoothly. In addition, if you’re a bit more independent, TVP has dozens of pick up and drop off locations that offer free shipping for visa and passport applications to our staffed offices for processing.
Here you can find an exact process for getting a visa to Brazil:
Brazil visa requirements for US citizens
Tourists visas for Brazil are valid for 90 days or less, with applications only being accepted in person or through a third party like Travel Visa Pro. If you have the time to collect these documents well in advance of your departure, it can significantly reduce any stress due to the wait time at the consulate or otherwise.
Brazilian visa application form: Available at Brazilian embassies and consulates, as well as online (please note applications can be filled out online, but still must be submitted in person).
US Passport: Your passport must valid for at least six months and have two blank pages for visa stamps.
Itinerary: Incoming and departing flights, reservation confirmations at hotels, local transportation bookings.
Photos: One passport-sized color photograph
Fees: Currently, US citizens are being charged $160 for a tourist visa. Cash, check, and credit cards are not accepted – only a USPS money order.
In addition, you may be asked for the following at the time of application or on arrival in Brazil:
Medical Certification: Though not always required, it may be necessary to get inoculated against yellow fever and provide proof of any past inoculations. This depends on where you plan on traveling in Brazil.
Proof of Sufficient Funds: Requirements vary depending on consular staff, but it’s a good idea to have a copy of your bank account and credit card statements.
How can I get a visa to Brazil on my own?
Locate a Brazilian consulate in your area, or embassy if you live in Washington DC. Consular staff recommend that you apply at least one month in advance of your departure, as there is no rush or expedited service available for processing visas to Brazil. Appointments may be required depending on which location you choose.
Bring all the aforementioned documents and fees to your appointment time. Providing your travel itinerary, though not a guarantee if your travel plans really are at the last minute, at least provides some sense of urgency to consular staff. In most cases, Brazilian visas can be processed in 5-7 business days, or up to a few weeks during peak season.
I’m preparing to go to Brazil, but don’t have a flight yet. Anything else I need to know?
There are always travel preparations to be made even when you don’t have a departure set. Check your US passport expiration date. See what Brazilian visa would be right for you, i.e. are you traveling for work, business, entertainment?
Most importantly, look over the Brazilian visa application form to make sure you understand it thoroughly; any mistakes causing this form to be returned can mean another appointment at the consulate, another week of waiting, and a potential delay or cancellation in your travel plans.
If you would rather hand off your application to people knowledgeable in these matters, who can make an appointment on your behalf and double check against any errors that might cost you time and money, come to the nearest Travel Visa Pro. With pick up and drop off locations now scattered across the country, we are the experts you need when it comes time to get a visa for Brazil.