How To Apply Visa For Brazil

INDIVIDUALS REQUIRING VISAS TO ENTER BRAZIL - Citizens from certain countries are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Brazil. Click here to view the visa requirements for citizens of all countries and territories. All individuals seeking to enter Brazil with a U.S. passport are required to obtain a visa. Brazilian citizens must enter and leave Brazil on their Brazilian passports. Click here if you are a Brazilian citizen wishing to apply for a passport.

APPLYING FOR A VISA - The visa application requirements listed on this website are not all-inclusive.  The Consulate-General may request additional documents and information whenever they are deemed necessary.  Applicants who have visited certain countries and territories (view list here) within 90 days prior to applying for a visa/entering Brazil are required to present a Yellow Fever International Certificate of Vaccination upon entering Brazil.
Individuals can apply for a visa personally, through a third party (including travel or visa agencies), or by mail. Click here for information about how to apply for a visa.

PROCESSING TIME - Be sure to plan your visa application in advance. After all application requirements are met, the processing time is approximately:
  • Three (3) working days, if applied in person;
  • Seven (7) working days, if applied by mail; and
  • Ten (10) working days, if applied through a travel or visa agency.
 These estimated processing times do not include:
  • The time an application is held by a travel or visa agency;
  • The time the applicant takes to provide additional information/documents subsequently required by the Consulate;
  • The time in the mail.

 - The Consulate-General DOES NOT expedite visas and therefore does not charge any kind of expedited visa fee.  It is the applicant's obligation to present the complete visa application in due time. View visa fees here.

PICKING UP YOUR VISA- To pick up a visa it is MANDATORY that the Receipt Slip is presented. A third party, with a valid photo ID, may pick up the visa as long as the original Receipt Slip or a notarized letter from the applicant is presented.  

ISSUING, DENYING, TYPE & VALIDITY OF A VISA -The issuing (or denying) of a visa, its type and its validity, is decided by the Consulate-General based on Brazilian legislation only.  The Consulate-General does not disclose the reasons of its decisions.

AFTER VISA IS ISSUED - Individuals traveling with passports from Angola, Bahrain, Cambodia, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Switzerland, Tawain, Thailand, Tunisia, must enter Brazil within 90 days from the date that their visa is issued.  The visa will expire upon failure to enter within that time frame. It is the visa bearer’s responsibility to monitor this period of time.  This requirement no longer applies to individuals traveling with passports from other countries.

VISA STATUS - Applicants can check the status of their visa application here (Click “CHECK VISA”). When your application status is listed as “No Application Pending,” your visa application has been processed.
  • Individuals who have applied for a visa in person or through a third party: Your visa will be ready for pick-up on the date specified on the Receipt Slip (“Protocolo”) issued the day of your application.
  • Individuals who have applied for a visa by mail: Please use the tracking number on your USPS envelope to see when the Consulate has received your visa application. Then, use the tracking number on the USPS return envelope included in your application to see when your passport and visa have been mailed to you.