14 Oct

  • By Amanda Ennes
  • In Brazil
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If you are planning on visiting Brazil soon but is not sure how to obtain a tourist visa for Brazil we are here to help you.

You may not even need a tourist visa for Brazil. Tourists from many countries – such as the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, and Australia – don’t need to apply for a tourist visa. All you need when embarking to Brazil is a passport valid for six months past the date of your entry in Brazil; and a return ticket or proof you can pay for your stay in Brazil.

Do I need a tourist visa for Brazil?

You can check this document to make sure you need to apply for a tourist visa for Brazil. Within this document, you will find a list of all countries.

Here are a few countries that do not require a tourist visa to enter Brazil (be advised special conditions may apply):

  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Here are a few countries that do require a tourist visa to enter Brazil:

  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia

Southern Common Market countries

People from the Mercosur (Mercosul or Southern Common Market) countries do not need a visa to enter Brazil and do not have limited time to stay in the country.

How to get a tourist visa to Brazil?

tourist visa for brazilThe best thing is to contact the Brazilian Embassy/Consulate in your country and ask for the specific documents you need to require your tourist visa.

You will most likely need your visa form application, passport, international certificate of vaccination (if needed — check vaccinations needed to enter Brasil) and pay the consulate fee. No tourist visas are issued in Brazil, you need to apply for a Brazilian visa within your country of origin.

Here is the Brazilian visa application form you need to complete in order to start your visa process. In this link, you will find all the information you need regarding documents you may need, fees to be paid and Brazilian consulates to visit.

How long can I stay in Brazil?

A tourist visa allows you to stay for 90 days in Brazil. In some circumstances, if you want to stay longer, you might be able to extend it for another 90 days whilst in Brasil. After you leave Brazil, you are allowed to come back after 180 days, and you will have the right to stay for 90 more days. Some countries — such as Indonesia and Singapore — only allow you 30 days in Brazil. Be aware that tourist visa conditions also apply to all tourists.

How can I extend my Brazilian tourist visa?

First of all, contact the Brazilian Embassy in your country or speak to the Polícia Federal in Brazil to see if your country qualifies for an extra 90 days extension (not all countries can extend).

If your country qualifies for an extension, you will need to fill out a few forms (send us an email and we can send them to you), pay a fee that costs more or less R$110, and go to a Polícia Federal station. If everything is right, you won’t have much trouble to extend your Brazilian tourist visa for 90 extra days.

Can I work in Brazil under a tourist visa?

No, you can’t. Many foreigners fall in love with Brazil and decide to stay a little longer. Many try to work as a language teacher or other informal job to make a bit more money while staying in Brazil longer. It is illegal to work in Brazil under a tourist visa. If you want to work here, you must apply for a Brazilian work visa.

Can I change from a tourist visa to a student visa within Brazil?

Yes. You need to be enrolled in a Portuguese course and registered with the Policia Federal. You need to get a full police check, get the documents (including birth certificate) apostilled and translated into Portuguese and sent back to Brazil. 

Caminhos Language Centre can guide you through this process and help you with the documents needed for you to get a student visa to Brazil. Contact us for more information.

You can also check this blog post about Student Visa from Brazil with useful information.


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