So you’ve decided to go to Brazil. That’s great! Now you need to fill out the visa application.
Well, that’s not so great. Unfortunately a visit to Brazil isn’t as easy as boarding a plane and leaving; you need to apply for a visa which can be a bit tedious. But if you’ve made it this far planning for your trip, a few more steps certainly won’t hurt.
Here are the 10 steps you need to follow to get your visa:
STEP 1: Fill out the visa request form online
Head to scedv.serpro.gov.br and print out the receipt (the only page you need to print is the receipt page, with the bar code on where your photo and signature will be, but it would be a good idea to print out the entire application just in case). Note: you may receive a “This Connection is Untrusted” message, you can disregard it as SERPRO is not recognized by some browsers. For steps around this issue, click this link.
STEP 2: Take a 2”x2” photo of yourself.
It must be passport size, color, front view, no head cover, with a light, plain background and taken within the last six months. Glue the photo to the rectangle box on the receipt page, and sign it at the bottom. Note: Snapshots, copies and computer photos will not be accepted, so it might be best to get it professionally done just to avoid any potential headaches.
STEP 3: Make an appointment to visit the local Brazilian Consulate in your area.
This is where you will hand deliver the visa application you filled out online. For a list of consulates in the US, click here, for all others click here. Pick a time and day you wish to visit on the scheduling page (note that this is for the San Francisco consulate only and remember to pick the consulate closest to your area). Each visa appointment is designated for one applicant only. Once you book the appointment, print the appointment confirmation page and bring this copy with you to the appointment day. Note: All visas must be acquired prior to departure, no visas will be granted or issued upon arrival.
STEP 4: Purchase a USPS money order to pay the visa fee.
Brazil has a reciprocity fee for all visa applicants, which means you pay the same fee that Brazilians pay when they enter your country. For US citizens the fee is a non-refundable $160, payable only through USPS money order. Payment is made at the consulate on the day of your appointment (note: cash, personal checks, money orders (other than the USPS money order) and credit cards are not accepted forms of payment). For a list of visa fees for other countries, click here.
STEP 5: Print out your itinerary, showing your arrival and departure from the country.
Round trip or multi-country, or a statement from a travel agency, addressed to the Brazilian Consulate, or a printed receipt of the e-ticket confirmation of your flight. Regardless of what you choose to present at the consulate, the passenger’s name, confirmed itinerary, airline/cruise company, flight number/vessel name and dates of arrival and departure from Brazil must be clearly stated. It’s imperative to understand that the application process cannot be expedited. Keep in mind that the processing time for the application will take at least 5 business days to complete.
STEP 6: Make a copy of your ID and bring to the consulate to show proof of residence.
If there’s a problem with your ID, bring a copy of your three most recent bills with your name and address on it.
STEP 7: Prepare any original document and copies of documents for your visa.
STEP 8 [optional]: Though the visa application cannot be processed by mail, you can receive your visa through the mail once the process is complete.
To receive your visa at home, click here for more information.
STEP 9: On the day of your appointment bring your passport…
(make sure the passport is signed, has at least one blank visa page and the expiration date is at least six months after your intended arrival in Brazil), the receipt from your online application form with photo and signature, USPS money order, printed itinerary, and any other documents as required per visa request. For more information on required documents for the tourist visa, click here; business visa applicants can click here. There are many kinds of visas available online, so it’s important you choose the right visa for your intended visit. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the appropriate visa link for your visit.
STEP 10: If you decide not to receive your visa by mail (STEP 8)…
Come back to the consulate to pick up the visa (typically takes 5 business days after the appointment to complete processing). The consulate office will notify you when you can pick up the visa.
Remember, only when you’ve filled out the online visa application form can you schedule your visa appointment. It has to be done in that order. If you have any other questions or concerns please visit the FAQ page.
Other important information:
- If you’re looking for a long term visa (work, missionary, etc), you will most likely need to legalize the documents. Legalization of documents must be made prior to the scheduled appointment (this requires another appointment on a separate day) and paid for on a separate money order.
- The visa application can only be submitted in person, by authorized proxy (such as a family member, friend, co-worker, etc) or by a travel agency or visa service. No visa applications can be sent by mail. Note: the consulate can only return four passports per day so if your travel date is close by, it’s probably best to pick it up in person.
- As of May 2010, Brazil does NOT require a yellow fever vaccine for entry into the country, though it is recommended. If you plan to take the vaccine, make sure it is taken at least 10 days before the date of departure.
- Usually after five business days you can pick up your passport from the consulate. Anyone can pick up your passport as long as they have the original receipt and a letter (does not need to be notarized) authorizing that person to pick it up. Check your local consulate for pick-up hours.
- Visas will not be issued on the same day of your appointment and you cannot expedite the process by additional fees. Securing an appointment less than a month from departure may be difficult so plan accordingly.
- Tourist visas are valid for 90 days from date of arrival, cannot exceed more than 180 total days in a calendar year and is good for multiple entries as long as the visa is still valid. Keep in mind that for certain countries, visas will be deemed invalid is not used within 90 days of issuance (please note that this does not apply to US citizens). Check with your local consulate for more details.
- Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to be nice! A visa can be denied to any person who insults or disrespects any consular member or customs officer (including denied entry into the country despite having a valid visa).