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Brazil Visa policy: Everything you need to know
iVisa
5 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Please note that the Brazil eVisa requirement has been set back until April 10th, 2025, for this reason, we are not currently accepting applications. The government of Brazil has extended visa-free entry until this date.

Planning a trip to Brazil? From the electric energy of Rio's Carnival to the tranquil beauty of the Amazon, Brazil is a destination that captivates many. But before you dive into its cultural richness and natural splendor, there's an important step: understanding the visa policy.

This blog is your straightforward guide to Brazil's visa rules. Whether you're dreaming of the colorful streets of Salvador or the sun-kissed shores of Copacabana, we're here to help. We'll walk you through the visa process, making sure you have everything you need for your Brazilian adventure. Let's get you ready for a journey to this incredible country!

brazil rio copacabana

What is the Brazil Visa?

A Brazil Visa is a document that permits travelers to enter, stay, and engage in certain activities in Brazil, depending on the visa type. The requirement for a Brazilian visa varies based on the traveler's nationality, with different policies and regulations applying to different countries.

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Here's a breakdown of the different types of visas offered by Brazil:

1. Visitor Visa (VIVIS): Designed for foreigners traveling to Brazil for activities like tourism, business, transit, or participation in artistic, sports, or educational events. This visa is valid for up to 3 months and prohibits remunerative activities in Brazil.

2. Diplomatic Visa: Issued to foreign diplomats and officials on official duties, representing their governments or international organizations. It covers both temporary and permanent assignments in Brazil.

3. Official Visa: For foreign administrative personnel on official missions, either temporarily or permanently, affiliated with foreign governments or international bodies. It is also applicable to foreigners under the official sanction of their governments.

4. Courtesy Visa: Aimed at foreign dignitaries and officials on non-official visits, as well as their families and domestic staff. It also covers foreign artists and athletes participating in non-profit, cultural events.

5. Temporary Visa (VITEM): A broad category encompassing visas for academic research, teaching, medical treatment, humanitarian support, students, paid employment, working holidays (under specific bilateral treaties), religious ministers, volunteers, investors, significant economic, scientific, technological, or cultural contributions, family reunification, artistic or sports activities, and medical training.

Brazil's Tourist Visa policy

In recent years, Brazil has adjusted its tourist visa policies, impacting travelers from various countries.

Visa policy changes: The Brazilian Government has reinstated tourist visa requirements for 3 countries that were previously visa-exempt. Nationals from the United States, Canada, and Australia who arrive in Brazil on or after January 10, 2024, will be required to obtain a Brazil eVisa applying online prior to travel. Japanese citizens will continue to enjoy visa-free entry after a reciprocal visa exemption agreement between the two countries.

General entry requirements: Regardless of nationality, all travelers must have a passport valid on the date of entry to Brazil, with at least one blank page for the entry stamp. There are no specific vaccination requirements, but travelers should consult Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the most up-to-date health advisories. Regarding currency, any amount exceeding 10,000 BR (Brazilian real) must be declared upon both entry and exit.

Special considerations for minors: Due to child abduction incidences, Brazilian law requires specific travel permissions for minors who are Brazilian citizens, including dual nationals. If traveling without both parents, the minor must carry two original authorization letters from each absent parent and a copy of their birth certificate or an annotated Brazilian passport.

Click here to learn more on what you need to know about the Brazil eVisa.

Brazil Visitor Visa (VIVIS)

The Visitor Visa (VIVIS) is tailored for short-term travelers to Brazil and is valid for up to 90 days. This versatile visa caters to a range of purposes, including:

1. Tourism: Sightseeing, cultural, educational, and leisure trips, visiting family, attending conferences, seminars, congresses, or meetings.

2. Business: For business meetings, events, fairs, contract signings, audits, and consulting.

3. Artistic or sports activities: Participating in artistic or sports events.

4. Health treatment: Receiving medical care or treatments.

5. Education and research: Engaging in study, research, teaching, academic extension, and supervised academic training.

6. Volunteer work: Undertaking volunteer activities.

7. Adoption: In the case of adopting a Brazilian minor.

8. Crew members: For aircraft or ship crew.

9. Journalism and filming: Conducting journalistic coverage and filming.

Who can apply for it?

Citizens from countries without visa exemption agreements with Brazil need to apply for a Visitor Visa. These countries include (but are not limited to):

Afghanistan Guatemala North Korea
Algeria Guinea Oman
Andorra Guinea-Bissau Pakistan
Angola Haiti Palau
Azerbaijan India State of Palestine
Bahamas Iran Panama
Bahrain Iraq Papua New Guinea
Bangladesh Jordan Rwanda
Barbados Kenya Saint Lucia
Benin Kiribati Samoa
Bhutan Kosovo Sao Tome and Principe
Botswana Kuwait Saudi Arabia
Brunei Kyrgyzstan Senegal
Burkina Faso Laos Sierra Leone
Burundi Lebanon Solomon Islands
Cambodia Lesotho Somalia
Cameroon Liberia South Sudan
Cape Verde Libya Sri Lanka
Central African Republic Liechtenstein Sudan
Chad Madagascar Syria
China Malawi Taiwan
Comoros Malaysia Tajikistan
Congo Maldives Tanzania
Congo (Dem. Rep.) Mali Timor-Leste
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Marshall Islands Togo
Cuba Mauritania Tonga
Djibouti Mauritius Turkmenistan
Egypt Micronesia Tuvalu
Equatorial Guinea Mozambique Uganda
Eritrea Myanmar Uzbekistan
Eswatini Namibia Vanuatu
Ethiopia Nauru Vietnam
Gabon Nepal Yemen
Gambia Niger Zambia
Ghana Nigeria Zimbabwe

Conditions of the Visitor Visa

  • No employment in Brazil: Brazil Visitor Visa holders are not allowed to engage in any form of paid employment in Brazil.

  • Allowed remunerations: The visa permits certain payments, like daily allowances, artistic paychecks, compensation, or other travel expenses.

  • Stopovers and transit: Travelers do not need a visa for stopovers or connections in Brazilian airports, as long as they don't leave the international transit area.

  • Multiple purposes: The same visa can be used for different purposes on the same or different trips, provided they align with the visa rules.

  • Multiple entries: Generally, the Brazil Visitor Visa is granted for multiple entries into Brazil, with the duration and type of visa decided by the Brazilian Government and Federal Police of Brazil.

brazil major city view

Requirements for a Brazil Visitor Visa

Applicants need to provide:

  1. A valid passport with at least one blank visa page.

  2. A filled Brazilian Visa application form.

  3. A recent passport-size photo with a white background.

  4. Evidence of financial means during the stay in Brazil.

  5. A round-trip ticket, booked itinerary, or invitation letter from the host.

Additional requirements apply for certain types of visitors, such as an invitation letter for business purposes, authorization for filming, and documents like an original or notarized copy of a birth certificate for minors​.

Costs of the Brazil Visitor Visa

The fees for a Brazil VIVIS vary by country:

  • Algeria: US$85

  • Angola: US$180

  • China: US$115

  • All other countries: US$80

Consult the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate to get the exact fees for the visa type you need.

Got more questions about the Brazil Visa policy?

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