Obtaining A Visa From The US to Brazil
If you are looking to travel from the United States to Brazil for a vacation, you will need more than just your passport to enter the country. Brazil requires that U.S. citizens wanting to travel to their country apply for a visa before entry.
While this may sound intimidating, the process is actually pretty straightforward.
You may be wondering why your passport is not enough to enter Brazil. A visa allows you to enter the country for a short amount of time but does require you to provide additional information.
Luckily, Brazil is one of the many countries that allow U.S. citizens to obtain an electronic visa for vacation rather than applying at the embassy.
Once You Have Your Visa
Once you obtain your visa, it is valid for 90 days after entry. If you wish to extend your visit to Brazil, you can always apply for an extension while in the country, but keep in mind that the extension is only for an additional 90 days.
Because you can apply for an extended trip, Brazil requires that your passport be valid for six more months after your departure date. It is important to note that if you are looking to attend school, find work, or participate in business deals, a tourist visa is not the correct visa needed.
If you wish to participate in these activities, you need to apply for a separate visa. The Brazilian government will deport you if you do not have the correct visa for your specific reason for entry.
Who Should Apply For a Tourist Visa?
A tourist visa will allow entry into Brazil for the following reasons:
- Travel for vacation
- Visiting relatives or friends
- Invited to participate in a sports event
- Invited to an artistic event
- Participating in an educational conference or seminar
If you are traveling to Brazil to participate in athletic or artistic events, you will be required to provide additional documents. These documents should state the organization that is hosting the event and proof of an invitation.
If you are participating in a conference or seminar, you will also need to provide additional documents. These documents need to be from the university hosting the conference and proof of an invitation.
What You Need to Provide to Obtain a Visa
Obtaining an electronic visa through iVisa is the fastest and easiest way to gain entry into Brazil. To get an e-Visa, you will need to provide the following documents and information:
- Digital copy of your passport
- Passport photo
- Current email address
- Payment method
To upload an acceptable digital copy of your passport, you must submit the information page. When submitting a photo, make sure to follow proper passport photo requirements. You must use a photograph of only your shoulders and head while keeping a neutral expression. The picture has to have a white background, with no shadows or glare.
You must provide a valid and current email address when applying for your e-Visa. The documents you will need for entry will be sent via email. The information will only be accessible through the email provided on the form, so be sure to use a current email address.
You will also need to provide a valid payment method. Credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal are all accepted by iVisa.
Other Factors to Keep in Mind
The immigration officers may ask you to provide additional information once you arrive. You should have proof of your return flight, verification of your hotel accommodations, and an ID card available should you be asked.
It is important to remember that when you provide information for your visa, ensure you follow the directions precisely. If your visa is denied for any reason, you will have to start from the beginning and fill out a new application form.
The U.S. to Brazil Additional Travel Requirements
In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Brazil has implemented additional travel requirements for U.S. citizens to enter the country. These requirements include:
Proof You Are Fully Vaccinated
Air travel for all individuals 12 and older must present a digital or printed copy of proof of vaccination against Covid-19. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received your final shot two weeks before boarding your flight. The vaccine you received must be one of the approved vaccines by the World Health Organization.
Proof of Negative Covid Test
In addition to being fully vaccinated, you must also complete a Travelers Health Declaration within 24 hours before your flight. You will also be required to provide a negative covid test. You may submit an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of your flight or an antigen test within 24 hours of boarding.
Exemptions from Proof of Vaccination
U.S. travelers may be exempt from providing proof of vaccination for the following reasons:
- You can provide a medical document stating you have a health condition that does not allow you to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
- You are not allowed to receive the vaccine because of age following the criteria set forth by the Ministry of Health in the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccine Against Covid-19.
If you are exempt from the Covid-19 vaccine, you may still travel to Brazil but must complete a 14-day quarantine once you arrive at your final destination. Asymptomatic travelers may take an RT-PCR or antigen test on day 5. If the test is negative, you no longer have to quarantine.
These additional travel requirements are in accordance with the Brazilian government rules and regulations. With the uncertainty of Covid-19, some restrictions may be lifted, or additional requirements may be added. The CDC does recommend that all U.S. citizens are fully vaccinated before any international travel.
There is always the possibility that once you arrive in Brazil, some venues and events may require further testing or documents. If you still have questions or are unsure about providing proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, you should contact your hotel, airline, or cruise directly. They will be able to provide any additional information you may need.
For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy Brasilia COVID-19 webpage.
List of Embassies and Consulates
U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES 801- Avenida das Nacoes, Lote 03
70403-900 – Brasilia, DF Brazil
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-61-3312-7400
Fax: (61) 3312-7651
Email: [email protected]
Consular Agency in Brasilia’s Consular District
Manaus Consular Agency
Edificio Atrium, Suite 306
Rua Franco de Sá, 310
69.079-210 Manaus, AM Brazil
U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163, Boa Vista
50070-125 – Recife, PE Brazil
Telephone: 011-55-81-3416-3050 or 011-55-81-3416-3080
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-81-3416-3060 or 011-55-81-9916-9470
Email: [email protected]
Consular Agency in Recife’s Consular District
U.S. Consular Agency Fortaleza
Avenida Santos Dumont 2828, Aldeota, Suite 708
60150-161- Fortaleza, CE Brazil
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Presidente Wilson, 147, Castelo
20030-020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-21-3823-2029
Email: [email protected]
Consular Agency in Rio de Janeiro’s Consular District
U.S. Consular Agency Salvador da Bahia
Avenida Tancredo Neves, 1632, Caminho das Arvores
Salvador Trade Center-Torre Sul, Room 1401
41820-020 – Salvador, Bahia Brazil
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro: (21) 3823-2029
U.S. Consulate General Sao Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500 Chacara Santo Antonio
04709-110 – Sao Paulo, SP Brazil
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-55-11-3250-5373
Email: [email protected]