Brazil Travel Visa Information
A Brazil travel visa affixed in a valid passport is required of those
wanting to enter the country. The requirements for each type of visa
are listed below. As of August 4, 2015
all types of visa applications must be delivered with all documents
already uploaded. The same picture and signature must be used on both
uploaded documents and those presented in the Consulate. Click here
for a guide on how to upload.
Applications with no uploaded documents will be returned and processing
fee may be charged. Keep in mind that original documents still need to
You may also apply for a Brazilian visa yourself or get a friend,
family member, travel agent or visa expediting courier service to
submit the application for you. If you need the assistance of a
qualified visa expediter, we recommend It's Easy Passport and Visa
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10 Types of Brazilian Visas
There are ten types of visas grouped into four
categories: Tourist, Temporary, Permanent and Diplomatic. There are
seven different temporary visas.
Brazil Tourist Visa
The Brazil tourist visa is for foreigners who enter the country
for tourism, to visit friends or relatives, or to participate in
seminars, artistic events, and sports competitions. You are not allowed
to receive payment if you speak at a seminar. Participants in
competitions may receive prize money but spectator admittance at the
events must be free. An invitation letter from the sponsoring
organization in Brazil providing details about the seminar/sporting
event is required. This type of visa allows you to stay up to 180 days
within the country in a period of 12 months following initial entry.
This does not have to be consecutive but can be multiple entries.
Temporary Visa I (VITEM-I)
VITEM-I is the Brazil student visa that is issued to foreign
exchange students. This type is also necessary for those who plan to
participate in paid cultural, technological or scientific missions;
research or professorships; charitable or religious volunteer work;
technical training for Brazil-manufactured equipment; or unpaid
training for amateur athletes between the ages of 14 and 21. Those who
seek medical treatment in Brazil must also apply for this type of visa.
Temporary Visa II (VITEM-II)
The Temporary Visa II is also known as the Brazil Business visa.
It is for those who enter Brazil for business meetings, to participate
or be an exhibitor in a trade show/industrial fair. This visa is also
issued to journalists, crew members without an international crew card
and those entering to adopt a Brazilian child. Note that when entering
for adoption, custody must have already been granted.
Temporary Visa III (VITEM-III)
This type of visa is for paid participation in athletic or
performing arts events. A pre-approved work permit by the Ministry of
Labor in Brazil is required.
Temporary Visa IV (VITEM-IV)
This Brazil visa is for those pursuing undergraduate, graduate
or post-graduate academic or theological studies in Brazil. This also
applies to students under unpaid internships and those pursuing
technical short-term studies.
Temporary Visa V (VITEM-V)
This Brazil visa is also known as the Brazilian work visa, and
covers a wide range of purposes including temporary service in the
Brazilian government. Any paid employment with a legal Brazilian
entity, internships of longer than one year, technology transfer
contracts, technical assistance contracts, training or work experience
following graduation from a professional degree program (including
medical residency,) or crew memberships aboard offshore platforms or
foreign cruise ships also require a VITEM-V. This visa may also be
applicable to dependents of VITEM-V bearers under certain conditions.
Temporary Visa VI (VITEM-VI)
This visa type applies to media correspondents who will not be
receiving compensation for work from a Brazilian organization. VITEM-VI
may also be issued to immediate family members of the bearer for stays
beyond six months.
Temporary Visa VII (VITEM-VII)
Travel by persons with theological or academic education in
religious studies for the purposes of religious or missionary work
requires this type of visa.
Those who would like to obtain a visa to reside permanently in
Brazil because of family, retirement, or personal investment need to
obtain a permanent visa. This same type also applies to managers or
directors of companies or religious organizations. Those who receive a
position in a Brazilian scientific, research or academic organization
should also use this visa.
Diplomatic and Official Visas
This type is for those who plan to enter the country on a diplomatic or official mission.
Brazil travel visa requirements include, but are not limited to:
- passport with at least 6 months validity remaining and 2 blank visa pages;
- recent passport photo;
- copy of your round trip ticket or signed letter from a travel agency with confirmed round trip booking;
- appropriate Brazil travel visa application form completed;
- Brazil visa fee payment.
Once you receive your business or tourist visa, you have 90 days to use it.
The Brazilian Consular Office reserves the right to make other requirements as they deem necessary.
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Brazil Tourist Visa
According to the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco
"Brazilian tourist visas are valid for multiple entries within the
period of time shown on the visa stamp." The length of time permitted
by each visa may vary, up to a maximum of 180 days in a given 12
months. If you are granted a visa, you must enter Brazil within 90 days
of receiving the visa.
If you decide to remain in Brazil beyond the 180-day limit, you
can request a one-time extension. However, your request should be made
at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30
days before your time expires.
Those who enter the country with this type of visa cannot engage in any
paid activities. The time it takes to process a Brazil tourist visa
application depends on the consulate through which you apply. Some
consulates take just a few days processing visa forms while others take
as much as twelve days or more.
Brazil Business Visa
To acquire this business visa for Brazil, you are required to
submit a notarized letter from your employer stating the nature of your
business, your title or function in the U.S. company, exact nature of
business to be conducted in Brazil, name(s) and address of the
Brazilian company/companies involved, name of your contact person in
Brazil, dates of arrival and departure and financial responsibility for
all costs involved in the trip. This must be done on official company
letterhead and signed by a senior manager. Business letters lacking of
any of the aforementioned information and/or original signature will
not be accepted.
The cost of this visa may vary depending on the consulate to
which you apply. If you want to get it more quickly, you can pay an
additional expediting fee.
Brazil Visa Application Form
The application form must be completed online, then uploaded and
also submitted at the consulate that has jurisdiction over the state in
which you reside. Again, the application must be submitted by you or
someone you authorize if submitted in person.
The Visa Request will provide instructions on the filling of
the Form and open the actual Form to be filled. When you complete the
procedure, you need to "Send" the completed form and print your
processing number. You need to take this number to the Consulate with
the original printed form, a photo and travel itinerary attached
and the money order in the amount of the visa application fee.
Brazil Travel Visa Form
(link will open in a new window - choose VISA REQUEST)
Brazil Visa Service Online
You can submit the application for a visa to Brazil yourself but you
might face large crowds and long lines. Parking isn't always easy to
find either. The Brazil Embassy requests that you not call them about
your application so you won't be able to track your process. Errors or
incomplete information on your visa application form can result in
denial of your visa and delay in your plans.
The best way to avoid the crowds, the lines and the difficult
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