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Dont Forget: US Citizens Need a Visa to Travel to Brazil!

13 Oct

Hello there!

If you were wondering about the Visa, you are right, you must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Consulate of your jurisdiction in order to travel to Brazil. The process is actually not complicated, but be ready to apply at least three months prior your trip. The application is not as nearly as complicated than when Brazilians are applying to get a Visa to come to United States. This is what you are going to need:

  1. Fill up electronically the Visa form at: https://orders.travisa.com/ConsularFees?TravelerTypeID=TO&arr=BR&citizen=US&rez=US&partner=TA – after completed, print 2 receipts and sign.
  2. Passport: 2 Blank Visa Pages Side by Side – Your passport’s expiration date must be greater than six months from the date you plan to depart the country you intend to visit. If your passport does not meet this requirement, you must renew your passport or obtain a new one prior to applying for your visa.
  3. 1 Passport Photograph.
  4. Travel Itinerary – a computer generated travel itinerary from your airline or a travel agency indicating the dates of entry and exit OR a copy of your airline ticket (do not send original ticket). Just print it from Kayak!
  5. Proof of Residence/Address – A copy of your ID with picture and address on it is the best form of proof.  A copy of your current U.S. driver’s license is highly recommended. You may also send a copy of a utility bill provided it shows your name and address.
  6. Then you need to look for the Brazilian Consulate in you city or pay an expeditor ( the expeditor fee’s varies from $99-$199 it depends on how fast you need the Visa). The consular fee is $185 and the processing time can be anywhere from 3-25 business days- depending on which city you apply. The processing locations are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New York (Connecticut), San Francisco and Washington.

One last detail, the consulate do not usually except cash, credit card or personal checks. Make sure to check with your jurisdiction. Bring a money order for payment.

For processing locations, time and fees please go to: https://orders.travisa.com/ConsularFees?TravelerTypeID=TO&arr=BR&citizen=US&rez=US&partner=TA

I recently used the services of Omar Khatwa, a realible visa expeditor, to apply for a visa to Argentina and he was great, he can also help with visas to Brazil. The website is  http://www.passportandvisaonline.com/brazil.htm.

Good luck!

Let me know if I can help:-)

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