If you are planning to visit Brazil in the near future you are in for a surprise. The growing tourism industry now offers so much to the worldly traveler that Brazil is fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations in the world. Although travel is made easier these days there are still a few hoops you have to jump through if you want to visit the county in the form of requirements for obtaining a Brazilian visa.
Getting a Visa
Meeting Brazil’s entry/exit requirements is an important part of your trip planning. Every traveler needs a tourist visa. A visa is good for 90 days and can be used anytime within a 12-month period from the issue date. You can enter and exit Brazil as long as you have the visa. The only thing a visa will not allow you to do is work in the country; for that you will need to obtain a work visa as well as a regular one.
Having a Itinerary
It is important when traveling to Brazil, or any other country for that matter, to have a copy of your itinerary and tickets. These are all things that you have to have to submit with your Brazilian visa application but it is a good idea to have copies to travel with as well. It is important to note that you should never hand over any original travel documents before or after your travel begins. To apply for a visa to travel to Brazil copies of all of these documents are acceptable.
There are fees involved in obtaining a Brazilian visa. Travelers are advised to go to their local post office and get a money order to pay their visa fees. Consulates will not accept personal checks, cash, credit cards or bank-issued money orders. Your fees for a visa to Brazil will include a “reciprocity fee” for Americans. This is in response to a fee the U.S. State Department charges Brazilians for visas. Your local Brazilian consulate will provide you with a current fee schedule. There is a $160 processing fee whether you submit your paperwork to an embassy or consulate in person or use an agency like Travel Visa Pro, we have offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC.
Every seasoned traveler knows that traveling to foreign countries often requires a series of shots; Brazil is no different. Part of the entry procedures suggests yellow fever vaccinations. Citizens of the United States are not labeled at risk for yellow fever, so this is not a regular immunization. Although the Brazilian government does not require that you provide proof of immunization, there are some regions in Brazil where yellow fever is a concern so the vaccination is strongly recommended.
The Brazilian consulate is where you go to obtain your paperwork for visiting the country. There are Brazilian consulates in many of the major cities in the United States such as the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Obtaining your visa paperwork directly from the consulate allows you to ask questions and saves you the wait in processing time.
These are just some of the things to consider before traveling to Brazil. It is a good idea to research a country before departure and Brazil has many resources for the potential traveler.