Brazilian Visa Requirements
The Brazilian visa requirements are listed below for tourist, business
or student visas so that you can fully prepare for the application
process. Submitting incorrect documentation can lead to delays or,
even, denial of your application. This can frustrating, especially when
you need to get a Brazilian visa fast
1. Valid U.S. Passport
Your passport must have a valid passport in order
to apply for a Brazilian visa. It is recommended that your passport
have at least six months validiy remaining. It must also have at least
2 adjacent, blank pages where the visa stamp can be placed. These
cannot be the pages that are reserved for Amendments or Endorsements.
If your passport does not have either 6 monhts validity or 2 blank
adjacent pages, then you need to apply for a passport renewal before
you submit your application for the Brazil visa.
2. Protocol form
The protocol form will be available to you after you complete the online Brazilian visa application form
3. Passport-style Photo
Applicants are required to glue one 2x2 inch photo taken within
the last six months to the protocol form. The picture must have a clear
4. Visa Reciprocity Fee
The application processing fee (also known as reciprocity fee)
for a tourist, business or student visa to Brazil is USD$160. The
fee can be paid with a US Postal Service Money Order. This fee is
5. Handling fee
You must pay an additional fee of $20 if you apply through
a third party or by mail. Note, not all consulates accept applications
by mail. This is necessary when you cannot appear in person to apply
but have a friend, family member, travel agent or registerd visa expediting service
submit the application for you.
The Brazilian consulate
does not accept cash, personal money orders, checks or other banks
money orders. Just one money order for the total amount (reciprocity
fee + handling fee) is acceptable.
6. Print-out of airline ticket or travel itinerary
Airline employees are not required to present ticket or travel
itinerary but, rather, their staff ID card or letter from the employer
as a substitute.
7. Proof of residence
Your Brazilian visa application must be submitted to the
consulate that has jurisdiction over the state in which you reside.
Therefore, proof of residence is one of the requirements. A copy of
your valid driver's license serves this purpose.
8. Self-addressed USPS Express Mail Envelope
The consulate will mail your documents, passport and Brazilian
visa to you in this envelope. You should verify that the correct amount
of stamps is placed on the envelope. Be aware that FEDEX, UPS, DHL and
other express mail delivery services are not accepted.
9. Minor travel consent form
Applicants under 18 MUST present an original Birth Certificate.
A Travel Authorization signed by father and mother or guardian,
certified by a Public Notary, together with a copy of their photo ID is
required of minors who plan to travel alone. A minor travel consent form
from the non-accompanying parent (also certified by a Public Notary)
together with a copy of their photo ID is required when traveling with
only one parent.
Additional Brazilian Visa Requirements
A letter from the employer or sponsoring company in the United
States. This must be on their letterhead stationery and signed by a
senior manager. The letter must contain the following information:
Nature of business of the U.S. company; Applicant's title and/or
functions with the U.S. company and his/her precise nature of business
and activities to be conducted in Brazil. Only original letters are
accepted by the consulates.
Name(s) and address(es) of Brazilian company(ies) with which applicant is going to deal/negotiate with;
Name(s) of person(s) to be contacted in Brazil, phone number(s) and his/her/their functions with the Brazilian company(ies);
Expected duration of stay of his/her immediate trip to Brazil;
Responsibility of the U.S. company for applicant's stay in Brazil and his/her return to the country of origin;
Parents must sign online form for those under 18 years old and have their signatures notarized;
If applying for an extended-stay visa to immediate family
members, a notarized copy of marriage certificate, birth certificate,
or other official dependency document;
If applicant is of criminally liable age, and whenever the
planned stay exceeds 90 days, a recent (not over 60 days) non-criminal
record issued by the local (applicant's place of residence) Police
Department. The document must bear either the official seal or the
stamp of the issuing authority;
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