Brazil Visa: How to Get Yours in Three Easy Steps

In Brazil, getting a visa can be a complicated process. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be!

Once you know what kind of visa you’ll need and if/how your current circumstances affect the process, you can take three easy steps to apply for your visa.

Start by checking out the guide below to learn about which type of visa(s) are available for your situation.

Decide what type of Brazil visa you need.

  • First, you’ll need to check the list of countries that require a visa. Many countries are visa-free, but some require one for all citizens, and some only require one if you’re from a specific country.
  • Second, you’ll want to check the list of countries that don’t need a visa. For example, France is not on this list—it requires one for all Americans except children under 18 and any travellers with an emergency or humanitarian purpose in mind (such as journalists).

Fill out the necessary forms and gather the required documents.

Once you’ve decided that Brazil is the correct country for your next adventure, you’ll want to get started on getting a visa. Before you do, there are some things to know about how the Brazilian government handles this process:

  • You must have an interview with a Consulate official before entering Brazil.
  • The consulate will collect documents from you and verify that they are originals. If any of your documents are copies (like school transcripts), they will not be accepted by the consulate and, therefore, not be considered valid for obtaining a visa. Make sure all your original papers have been translated into Portuguese and certified by a notary public or consular officer at least one day before submitting them for verification purposes—otherwise, they might be rejected!

Go to a Brazil visa application centre for your interview.

When you arrive at the application centre, a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate representative will conduct your interview.

Your interview will include questions about your trip, financial stability, criminal history and more.

The interviewer will ask why you are going to Brazil and how long you plan to stay.

They want to make sure that you have sufficient funds for your trip to determine if they think it’s safe for them to give you a visa.

You will need to bring your passport and original paper documents before you have an interview.

Before you head out to the embassy or consulate, make sure you have all the following documents ready:

  • Your passport must be valid for six months and contain at least one blank page for stamps.
  • A copy of your original birth certificate. This can either be in English or Spanish, but if it’s not in either language, you will need to submit an official translation (more on that below). Keep in mind that this document must also have raised seals from the hospital and government authorities from where it was issued—so don’t print one off at home!
  • The same goes for marriage and divorce certificates—if yours aren’t official copies, bring an official translation with them as well; otherwise, they’ll likely be rejected by officials at the embassy. Note: Your divorce decree must be finalized before applying for citizenship; otherwise, there may be delays while they process everything together (and even more fees).
The Last Word

Please refer to this guide for more information if you have any questions about the process or how to get your visa.

We hope you find it helpful and wish you the best of luck with your application!

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