Brazil Visa & Passport information

Brazil has a reciprocal visa system, meaning they require a Brazil visa for visitors from countries that require one of Brazilian citizens. Visitors from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand are currently required to obtain a visa to travel to Brazil for a Rio de Janeiro vacation or to travel there on business. Check with the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate website in your country of origin for details.

A tourist Brazil visa for U.S. citizens may be granted for periods of up to 5 (five) years. However, stay periods in Brazil are limited to a maximum of 90 days per entry which can be extended another 90 days, to a maximum of 180 days per year.

Citizens of these countries must enter Brazil within 90 days from the date the visa has been issued: Angola, Bahrain, Cambodia, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand and Tunisia. The visa will be considered void if the holder does not enter Brazilian territory within the 90 day time frame.

U.S citizens can utilize a service to obtain a tourist visa or you can follow the instructions below. Please note that some of the Consulates have application procedures that differ somewhat from the instructions below. You may find it easier to use a Passport/Visa service offered by our Ad sponsors on this page.

Further below you can link to the Brazilian Consulate that serves your state of residence. Once on that site, download and complete the Brazil Visa application form. Note that some of the Brazilian Consulates offer only on-line visa applications.

With your completed application:

  • Send your original passport to the Brazilian Consulate. It must be valid for at least 6 months past the return date of your trip.
  • Enclose a 2" x 2" passport type photo of yourself.
  • Provide a copy of your round trip ticket to Brazil or a printout of the flight itinerary.
  • You may need to provide a copy of your driver's license or a utility bill to confirm your USA state of residence.
  • Minors under age 18 - also send a certified copy of birth certificate, proof of polio vaccine, and a travel authorization letter (samples are available on the consular website)

  • The cost is US $160 reciprocity fee + $20 service fee and payment is only accepted by a money order, issued by the United States Post Office.
  • Send the documents by USPS regular mail, USPS Priority Mail, or by USPS Express Mail. Fed Ex and other delivery services are not accepted. You must enclose a self addressed postage paid return envelope, or a return Priority/Express mail envelope.

Depending on the consulate, the turn around time for processing the visa application is 4 - 10 business days plus mailing time. It's best to apply at least one month before your trip. A page of your passport will be stamped with the Visa.

Visitors to Brazil are required, upon arrival, to complete an entry/exit card. You must keep the exit portion of the card and present it to the airline as you leave Brazil. You may be fined if you lose the card. We have noticed recently that our exit cards have not been requested as we leave the country.

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Brazilian Consulate USA Websites

Below you will find links to the Brazilian Consulates that are located throughout the USA. Carefully read and follow the visa application instructions at each Consular website, as requirements may vary.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Atlanta
Jurisdiction: States of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Boston
Jurisdiction: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Chicago
Jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Hartford CT
Jurisdiction: Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Houston
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Los Angeles
Jurisdiction: Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. In California it covers the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Note that the Los Angeles Consulate is currently accepting only walk-in applications or those submitted by a Passport/Visa Processing Service.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Miami
Jurisdiction: States of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - New York
Jurisdiction: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Bermuda.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - San Francisco
Jurisdiction: Oregon, Washington, Alaska. In California it coves the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

Brazil Consulate General Visa Information - Washington DC
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North American bases (excepting Guam).

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