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Brazil Tourist Visa Guide

Brazil tourist visa stamped in United States passport.U.S. passport holders may enter, exit, transit and remain in the territory of the Federative Republic of Brazil, without the intention of establishing residence, for purposes of tourism, business, transit, performance of artistic activities or sporting events or in exceptional situations by national interest.

U.S. citizens are allowed to stay visa-free in Brazil for up to 90 days (extendable for another 90 days) but not more than 180 days within a 12-month period.

The Brazil tourist visa is for foreigners who enter the country for tourism, to visit friends or relatives, or to participate in seminars, meetings and amateur sports competitions. This type of visa allows you to stay up to 90 days within the country during the first 12 months following the issuance of the visa. There can be multiple entries during this period.

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." 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 90-day limit, you can request a one-time extention of 90 days. However, your request should be made at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30 days before your time expires. Those with a Brazil tourist visa cannot engage in any paid activity.

The time it takes to issue a tourist visa to Brazil depends on the consulate to which you are applying. Some consulates offer next-day processing while others take as much as 15 business days.

The Brazil tourist visa fee is $160 for applications submitted at the counter of the embassy or a consulate. If you apply through a third party or by mail (when permitted) there is an additional fee of $20. If you submit the application personally, there is no handling fee applied. The Brazilian government requires this fee because it is the same value that the United States charges a Brazilian to acquire a U.S. visa due to the principal of reciprocity. Additional fees apply if you wish to expedite your application.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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