Brazil is a popular travel destination that welcomed over 6 million visitors in 2019.
Foreign nationals from over 100+ countries can enter Brazil visa-free and stay for a maximum of 90 days in Brazil. All other foreign nationals wishing to travel to Brazil are required to obtain the appropriate Brazil sticker visa based on their purpose for traveling to Brazil. Brazil visas on arrival and e-Visas are not available to any foreign national at this time. Brazil visa applicants can apply for single or multiple entry, and Brazil visa validity periods depend on the traveler’s nationality and purpose of their trip. Brazil visas are normally multiple entry and allow for a 90-day stay. Travelers wanting to stay in Brazil beyond 90 days must apply for an extension with the Brazil Federal Police.
Foreign nationals applying for a Brazil visa must apply for the appropriate Brazil visa based on their purpose for traveling to Brazil. The Brazil visa types are:
It is important to note that Brazil visa holders should not exceed a stay of more than 90 days or engage in any long-term employment activities, unless specifically permitted by the approved Brazil visa type.
The following is required to apply for all Brazil visas:
A passport valid for at least 6 months, with 2 blank pages for official use
One passport photo, 3.5x4.5cm in size, on white background
Electronic Brazil visa application form filled out online
Receipt generated after submission of online application
A return or onward ticket
3 months financial proof, such as salary slips or bank statements
COVID-19 vaccination record
Proof of visa application fee payment
A birth certificate or proof of guardianship
Some types of Brazil visas have additional requirements than those listed above, such as an invitation letter for long-term employment and financial proof for minors. Accordingly, you are advised to check the requirements for the specific Brazil visa type you are applying for.
Unless visa exempt, all foreign nationals must apply for a Brazil sticker visa, prior to travel, by following these steps:
• Upload personal photo, and other requested documents
• Fill out Brazil visa application form online
• Click on “Complete Application” and receive an application number receipt
• Print and sign the receipt
• Glue your personal photo on the receipt as instructed
Contact the Brazil embassy or representation office to schedule an appointment
Submit receipt, visa application, and required documents
Receive a payment delivery confirmation
If approved, pick up Brazil visa from the Brazil embassy or representation office where you applied. Verify that all information is correct and matches your passport
Foreign nationals required to apply for a Brazil sticker visa should apply at their nearest Brazil embassy, consulate, or VAC abroad.
Brazil visa processing times vary between embassies, and longer-term visas may require more time to be reviewed. Accordingly, you are advised to contact the Brazil representation office nearest you for more information. In all cases, it is always recommended to start the application process early, in case of delays or unforeseen circumstances.
Processing and issuance times vary between Brazil embassies and representation offices. While Brazil visit visas may be expedited promptly, Brazil temporary visas may require more time to review and process. Brazil visa applicants should inquire with their nearest Brazil embassy or representation office for more information as to their procedures and waiting times.
The Brazil visa fees vary according to the Brazil visa type you are applying for and where you are applying at. It’s best to get more information from the Brazil embassy or representation office where you are applying, as fees may vary or change. Please note that Brazil visa application fees are non-refundable.
Foreign nationals from the following countries can enter Brazil visa-free and stay in Brazil for up to 90 days: Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, St. Helena, St. Maarten, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.
To stay in Brazil for a year would require you to apply for a Brazil Temporary Visa (VITEM), for long-term travel purpose such as employment, study, health care, family reunification, retirement, or medical training.