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Brazil

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See article below for country travel information. For comprehensive Visa Application instructions, please see the specific Visa Requirements page for your Visa Type (business, tourist, etc):

10/03/2014 - Hurry Your Brazil Visa Applications


Now is the time to submit your visa applications to Brazil for your summer travels. Spring break? Yes, that too! Fall and winter are the busiest times of the year for Brazilian Consulates working on Brazil visas, especially the New York and San Francisco offices, which also require you to come in person for your visa submission. Passport Visas Express.com will arrange this for you.
 
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10/03/2014 - Hurry Your Brazil Visa Applications!


Now is the time to submit your visa applications to Brazil for your summer travels. Spring break? Yes, that too! Fall and winter are the busiest times of the year for Brazilian Consulates working on Brazil visas, especially the New York and San Francisco offices, which also require you to come in person for your visa submission. Passport Visas Express.com will arrange this for you.

07/07/2014 - Brazil Consular Visa Fee Update


Beginning June 2014, the Embassy of Brazil and Consulates updated the tourist and business consular visa fees to $180. Please visit our Brazil visa page for more details.


05/22/2014 - Changes to the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago



Perhaps due to the strikes-related delays (which you can read about here), the Brazilian Embassy office in Chicago has issued changes to their visa policy that will affect your Brazilian visa application, as of Wednesday 5/21/14.
 
The Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago informs all visa and travel agencies that effective immediately:
 
a)   The US $20.00 third party handling fee will no longer be charged;
 
b)   None of the visa fees are refundable. Incomplete, incorrect or withdrawn requests will be fully charged.
Please, be very careful upon presenting your visa application.


What does this mean for you? It means that if you’ve made a mistake, no matter how innocent, to your Brazil visa application, your Brazil visa application will automatically be rejected without refund.
 
This can cost you anywhere from $160 to $360, depending on the type of Brazilian visa, not to mention the hassle of traveling to the Brazilian consulate and waiting in line.
 
How we can help: But now it’s cheaper than ever for Passport Visas Express.com to help you with your Brazil visa application. Not only do we hand deliver your visa papers to the Consulate General of Brazil and save you the trip, we also carefully review your visa application for maximum chances of approval.
 
The Chicago office has selected to remove the customary $20 fee for using Passport Visas Express.com, making our service more affordable than ever.

Still hoping to score a World Cup visa? It's not too late! Click here for the easy Spectator Visa VITUR-TE visa application.
 
So try us! Give us a call at 1-888-596-6028 or email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com. Chat with our friendly representatives about your Brazil visa application anytime! We’ve worked with the Brazilian embassy offices for over fifteen years—we can help!
 

05/16/2014 - Embassy Closings May Cause Delays in Your Brazilian Visa Application


 
Just four weeks before the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the workers of the Brazilian General Consulate have chosen to strike. As with the strike two years ago, many Brazil consulates closed from May 12 to May 14, 2014. Locations in Atlanta, Miami, and New York closed, and the Hartford location announced delays. However, expect processing delays for all Brazilian embassies, as this strike is worldwide and affecting a total of 17 Brazil consulates.
 
Delays to your Brazil visa applications are expected for a so-far undetermined amount of time, but if you are a customer to Passport Visas Express.com, be assured that our experts were prepared for these Brazil consulate closings and have worked to ensure you will receive your Brazil visa response in a timely manner.
 
If you haven’t yet applied for your visa to Brazil, whether it’s for a World Cup visa (Spectator Visa Vitur TE) or for business or any other type of Brazilian visa, now is the time to beat the rush. We’ve had over fifteen years’ of experience, through labor strikes and World Cups, and know how to maneuver the red tape.
 
We can help you apply for your Brazil visa quickly, efficiently, and correctly for maximum chances of visa approval, all within your time frame. In a rush? We have expedited services too, tailor-made for your busy schedule.
 
Contact us at 1-888-596-6028, via email CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives. It’s that easy. Don’t bite your nails! Let us stand in line for you and keep you 100% updated on your Brazil visa application.


05/12/2014 - Brazil Consulate Closures May 12 thru 14


 
Due to an imminent labor action strike the Brazilian Consulates in the United States have announced that they expect to be closed next week. Expect delays in processing!

Visa processing will be affected- applications in process will be delayed as will new application submissions. However, this information is fluid and is expected to change daily—please check back often.
 
The Consulate in San Francisco will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13-14, 2014. 
 
The Consulates in Atlanta, Miami and New York will be closed Monday through Wednesday, May 12-14, 2014. 

The Brazil Consulates in Chicago, Houston and Washington DC are expected to operate normally.

Information about the Consulates in Boston, Hartford, and Los Angeles is unknown at this time. Please check back for updates.

 

04/28/2014 - Getting to Know the Cities of Brazil World Cup 2014 (Part 3)


Flying to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 to July 13, 2014)? Have you chosen your must-see cities of this lush and varied country? This year’s World Cup will take place over twelve cities scattered across South America’s largest nation: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, and Manaus.
 
In part two of this series, we explored Brazilian World Cup cities Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo. In part one of this series, we examined the first four of the twelve Brazilian cities hosting the 2014 World Cup—Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba. Today in our final installment, we will explore Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and the inimitable Rio de Janeiro.
 
Check out our handy schedule for when and where the matches are held!.
 
Before we begin, let’s be sure you have your traveling necessities: Have you applied for your Brazil World Cup visa yet? The Spectator Visa VITUR-TE is a special visa created specifically for World Cup fans. It is easily available through Passport Visas Express.com. Applying your Brazil visa has never been faster, thanks to Passport Visas Express.com. Our fifteen years’ of experience and commitment to the best visa application experience possible make us your best candidate for reliable, efficient, friendly visa service to Brazil’s World Cup 2014. We carefully review your visa application to ensure maximum chances of visa approval. Apply for your visa to Brazil with us here!
 
Now that you have your Brazil visa and your flight ready to go, let’s explore Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife, and—of course—Rio de Janeiro!
 
BELO HORIZONTE Stadium: Estadio Mineirao
“There’s no sea, let’s hit the bar!” is the mantra of Belo Horizonte, an inland city to 2.4 million—and bars (and food) there are indeed. The newly refurbished Estadio Mineirao seats over 57,000 spectators for the planned World Cup matches, and afterward, fans can crowd the many pubs, bars, and restaurants of Belo Horizonte. The city is known for its fine foods and modern art that rivals Brasilia’s—great for World Cup travelers who want to socialize and experience culture.

SALVADOR Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova
The largest city in northeastern Brazil, Salvador is known for its strong African heritage and European architecture, and is called the “city of eternal beauty.” And beauty indeed, in its coastal views, stunning beaches, and hilly landscape. A true metropolis, Salvador has complex politics among its citizens—the World Cup will serve as an interesting dynamic to its history. Its entirely rebuilt stadium, Arena Fonte Nova, seats over 52,000 fans.
 
RECIFE Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Recife has the distinction of being two cities for the price of one: big, busy Recife—famous for its colorful Carnival—and the quieter, more historic Olinda to the north. Both host incredible sandy beaches and gorgeous natural landscape. The stadium, called Arena Perambuco, seats over 42,000, and once hosted the 1950 Brazilian World Cup.
 
RIO DE JANEIRO Stadium: Estadio do Maracana
What hasn’t been said about the great Rio de Janeiro? First, let’s talk stadium. Estadio do Maracana, which housed the famous 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, has been renovated and now seats over 70,000 fans. The seats have been colored yellow, blue, and white in honor of the national flag. Now for the city itself: Carnival, bossa nova, Ipanema, churrascaria barbecue . . . the list goes on and on. You can’t go wrong staying in Rio, though the accommodation prices may be high. See here for ideas on possible deals.
 
And that wraps our exploration of the World Cup cities of Brazil!
 
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03/28/2014 - The Best Time to Book Your Flight – International Edition



So you’ve probably heard some rumors about the best times to book a domestic flight: In a study of over 4 million flights, Cheap Air reports that 54 days, or about 8 weeks, before your travel date is the most cost-efficient time to book your flight. Great news, right? Avoid booking a year in advance or—most commonly done—last-minute.
 
But when is the best, cheapest time to book an international flights?
 
If you’re going on vacation abroad, you’ll probably need more than 2 months to plan ahead. Let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle this one by one: First, you will probably need to make sure your passport is up to date. Passport Visas Express.com can help you renew your US passport or apply for a new US passport, or help you recover a lost or stolen passport. Our passport application process is easy and provides plenty of customer support that you wouldn’t receive if you were doing it alone.
 
Plus, Passport Visas Express.com guarantees you your US passport as soon as you need it. We have expedited 24-hour service as well as ranges from 3 to 10 business days. Need passports for your children? We’ve got fast and easy service for child passports, too!
 
The next step is your visa application. Whatever country you choose, we can help you with your visa application process (http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/visa_services). So before you consider a ticket, be sure you have your visa! So save your time and apply for a visa with us.
 
We carefully review your visa application and work in person with each embassy to ensure maximum chance of approval. As with passports, we offer flexible scheduling for your visa application: whenever you need your visa is when you’ll have it.
 
By applying for your visa with us, you avoid the hassles of standing in line, odd consulate hours, or a rejected visa application because of a mere oversight. Get a bargain on your flight by booking at the right time and get a bargain with Passport Visas Express.com.
 
During your visa process, Passport Visas Express.com will always be available should you have any questions. We guarantee excellent customer service that embassies—not known for service!—may not. You can easily reach us at 1-888-597-6028; email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com; or just click on our chat service for to speak to a human right away.
 
So now you can book your ticket! CheapAir reports it’s best to book your international flight as early as possible. Here are the stats. Book your flight this number of days in advance:
 
Brazil and Latin America: 80 days
Mexico: 89 days
the Caribbean: 101
Europe: 151
the Middle East: 80 days
Africa: 166 days
Asia: 129
Australia, and the South Pacific: 70 days
 
You love bargains and so do we—and it’s a bargain to save your time from the hassle and potential wasted time of passport and visa applications. Don’t delay! Renew your passport and apply for your visa with us in one go, and then begin planning your vacation abroad with ease! Remember, with over 15 years’ of experience and experts on hand, we’re just a click away or a call away, at 1-888-597-6028.

03/28/2014 - Getting to Know the Cities of Brazil World Cup 2014 (Part 2)



Brazil has it all: sun, rainforest, rivers, beaches, and of course, soccer! Travelers to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 to July 13, 2014), how well do you know the cities you’ll be trekking to? This year’s World Cup will take place over twelve cities scattered across South America’s largest country: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, and Manaus.
 
Last time, we examined the first four of the twelve Brazilian cities hosting the 2014 World Cup—Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba. In this article, we’ll examine the next four cities of Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo.
 
Need to know which games are being held where? Check out this handy schedule.
 
Let’s check off our list of Things to Do: Have you applied for your Brazil World Cup visa yet? The Spectator Visa VITUR-TE is a special visa created specifically for World Cup fans. It is easily available through Passport Visas Express.com. Applying your Brazil visa has never been faster, thanks to Passport Visas Express.com. Our fifteen years’ of experience and commitment to the best visa application experience possible make us your best candidate for reliable, efficient, friendly visa service to Brazil’s World Cup 2014. We carefully review your visa application to ensure maximum chances of visa approval. Apply for your visa to Brazil with us here!
 
Now that you have your Brazil visa and your flight ready to go, let’s explore Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, and Sao Paulo!
 
FORTALEZA Stadium: Estadio Castelao
Way at the northeast corner of Brazil, Fortaleza is known for being a major beach town, with over 21 miles of beaches within the city and without. The nightlife is also abuzz with clubs, restaurants, and street food. The Estadio Castelao is newly renovated and can house over 58,700 spectators. Some of its great attractions include increased public transportation, such as a light rail, metro, and increased lanes for bus lines to arrive at the stadium.
 
MANAUS Stadium: Arena Amazonia
In the wilds of the Amazon Rainforest is the stunning city of Manaus, an oasis of civilization that includes a world-class stadium ready for 42,377 World Cup fans. Like Cuiaba’s Estadio Pantanal, the Arena Amazonia is built to green standards, using solar energy and collected rainwater to hydrate the playing field. A perfect site for the lover of futebol and the outdoors, Manaus is also the junction of two major rivers, the Negro and Solimoes, which results in a remarkable natural feature of black and golden waters running together. A must-see for any traveler to Brazil.

NATAL Stadium: Estadio das Dunas
North of Recife and just south of Manaus, Natal is called Cidade do Sol, or Sun City, for having over 300 days of sunny weather a year. Natal has a small-town life, but with over 90 beaches, and its famous sand dunes, for which its stadium is named. Horseback, or donkey, or camel!, riding, ATV driving are popular ways of exploring the lush landscape. The refurbished Estadio das Dunas beautifully mimicks the dunes around it, and seats 42,000 fans.
 
SAO PAULO Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo
Ethnically diverse, densely populated, and with more than 11 million residents, Sao Paulo is as far from Manaus as you can go. It’s the biggest city in Brazil and a true metropolis. Not only is it ethnically diverse, with immigrants from China, Japan, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Syria, among others, it also has what may be the largest LGBT community in the continent. As the financial center of the country, it also boasts one of the biggest stadiums, the Arena de Sao Paulo, which seats over 65,000 fans.
 
Has your US passport run out of pages? Need to renew your passport? We can help! Passport Visas Express.com can help you renew or replace your old passport post haste, or apply for a new passport altogether. We offer rush passport service for those of you in a World Cup visa rush, as well as, of course, our signature World Cup visa application to Brazil, ready for just a click of your mouse.
 
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03/10/2014 - Getting to Know the Cities of Brazil World Cup 2014 (Part 1)



Travelers to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil (June 12 to July 13, 2014), how well do you know the cities you’ll be trekking to? This year’s World Cup will take place over twelve cities scattered across South America’s largest country: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, and Manaus.
 
We’ll be looking into the sites and attraction of four of these twelve Brazilian cities in preparation for your trip to the Brazilian World Cup so you’ll know what to expect. In this first of  three parts, we visit: Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba. Want to know which games are being held where? Check out this handy schedule.
 
First things first: Do you have your Brazil World Cup visa? The Spectator Visa VITUR-TE is a special visa tailor-made for soccer fans and readily available through Passport Visas Express.com. Applying your Brazil visa has never been easier, thanks to Passport Visas Express.com. Our fifteen years’ of experience and commitment to the best visa application experience possible make us your best candidate for reliable, efficient, friendly visa service to Brazil’s World Cup 2014. We review your visa application to ensure maximum chances of visa approval. Apply for your visa to Brazil here!
 
Now that you have your Brazil visa and your flight ready to go, let’s explore Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, and Cuiaba!
 
BRASILIA Stadium: Estadio Nacional
The inland capital of Brazil, Brasilia is perfectly designed for large crowds and civic events. It’s known for its elegant, hypermodern architecture of the 1960s, whether the structure is a government building or a cathedral. The Estadio Nacional seats 68,009 fans and is the second-largest stadium in Brazil.
 
CURITIBA Stadium: Arena da Baixada
Just south of Sao Paulo, in the state of Parana, Curitiba is a progressive city that boasts the Arena da Baixada, a stadium recently renovated to host over 40,000 seats for the Brazilian World Cup. As with many Brazilian cities, it is hugely diverse, with immigrants from Italy, Ukraine, Japan, as well as Jewish immigrants who fled to Brazil during the early twentieth century.

PORTO ALEGRE Stadium: Estadio Beira-Rio
Far south in Brazil, Porto Alegre is tucked into a wild and beautiful Guaiba Lake, which is the site of five converging rivers. Some of Brazil’s most dreamy and bohemian neighborhoods are in Porto Alegre. The Estadio Beira-Rio is in the works to seat over 50,000 spectators.
 
CUIABA Stadium: Estadio Pantanal
Deep in the heart of Brazil is Cuiaba, the very center of South America. You can’t experience more of the heartland than here. For outdoor lovers as well as futebol fans, Cuiaba’s an accesspoint to the Chapada dos Guimaraes mountanins and the great rain forests of the continent. The Estadio Pantanal, an all-green stadium built of recycled woods and sustainable materials, hosts up to 42,968 fans.
 
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03/03/2014 - Who’s Playing Where in the Brazil World Cup 2014?



Trying to figure out which cities you’ve got to visit for the Brazil World Cup 2014? June 12 to July 13, 2014 will be some of the most intense weeks on the ground, with potentially snarled transportation and tons of crowds, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead on where, when, and how you’ll be viewing the games. Is it a priority to be a completist and watch all the games Group A plays? Or would you rather settle in for the key games in Rio de Janeiro or Brasilia?

Have you already applied for your Brazil visa and booked your flight? No? Still on the fence? Applying for your World Cup visa is easy at Passport Visas Express.com! Click here to apply for a Spectator VITUR-TE visa, the World Cup­–special visa that allows you entry to Brazil just for the games. When you apply for this Brazil World Cup visa, we will review your visa application and then hand deliver your Brazil visa application to the Brazilian consulate. When your Brazil World Cup visa is approved, we overnight it to you hot off the press!

Here’s a schedule of the games: who’s playing and organized by which city. We’re flexible to your schedule! Begin your trip by getting your Brazil visa application rolling by calling us at 1-888-596-6028, or emailing us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chatting with our friendly representatives!

If your US passport is outdated or lost, we can help here too, with our expedited passport services. We’re always happy to hear from you and can work through any rush.

BELO HORIZONTE
6/14: Colombia vs. Greece
6/17: Belgium vs. Algeria
6/21: Argentina vs. Iran
6/24: Costa Rica vs. England

Round robin
6/28: Match 49

Semifinals
7/08: Match 61

BRASILIA
6/15: Switzerland vs. Ecuador (match 9)
6/19: Colombia vs. Côte d’Ivoire (match 21)
6/23: Cameroon vs. Brazil (match 33)
6/26: Portugal vs. Ghana (match 46)

Round robin
6/30: Match 53

Quarterfinals
7/05: Match 60

Play-offs for Third Place
7/12: Match 63

FORTALEZA
6/14: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (match 7)
6/17: Brazil vs. Mexico (match 17)
6/21: Germany vs. Ghana (match 29)
6/24: Greece vs. Côte d’Ivoire (match 38)

Round robin
6/29: Match 51

Quarterfinals
7/04: Match 57

MANAUS
6/14: England vs. Italy (match 8)
6/18: Cameroon vs. Croatia (match 18)
6/22: USA vs. Portugal (match 30)
6/25: Honduras vs. Switzerland (match 41)

NATAL
6/13: Mexico vs. Cameroon (match 2)
6/16: Ghana vs. USA (match 14)
6/19: Japan vs. Greece (match 22)
6/24: Italy vs. Uruguay (match 39)

PORTO ALEGRE
6/15: France vs. Honduras
6/18: Australia vs. Netherlands
6/22: South Korea vs. Algeria
6/25: Nigeria vs. Argentina

Round robin
6/30: Match 54

RECIFE
6/14: Côte d’Ivoire vs. Japan (match 6)
6/20: Italy vs. Costa Rica (match 24)
6/23: Croatia vs. Mexico (match 34)
6/26: USA vs. Germany (match 45)

Round robin
6/29: Match 52

RIO DE JANEIRO
6/15: Argentina vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina
6/18: Spain vs. Chile
6/22: Belgium vs. Russia
6/25: Ecuador vs. France

Round robin
6/28: Match 50

Quarterfinals
7/04: Match 58

FINAL
7/13: Match 64

SALVADOR
6/13: Spain vs. Netherlands
6/16: Germany vs. Portugal
6/20: Switzerland vs. France
6/25: Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran

Round robin
7/01: Match 56

Quarterfinals
7/05: Match 59

SAO PAULO
6/12: Brazil vs. Croatia (match 1)
6/19: Uruguay vs. England (match 23)
6/23: Netherlands vs. Chile (match 36)
6/26: Korea Republic vs. Belgium (match 47)

Round robin
7/01: Match 55

Semifinals
7/09: Match 62

02/14/2014 - World Cup Brazil Hotel Alternatives: What to Do When Prices Skyrocket



Although Brazilian airlines are capping flight fares into Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hotels in and around Rio de Janeiro, where the final match will take place, have not necessarily done so. With only 54,000 beds to accommodate a predicted 110,000 fans, all sources report that there is already a shortage of rooms available despite the high prices and only more fans to come.

With your Brazil Spectator VITUR TE Visa in hand and your flight booked, your next step is finding accommodations.

Don’t have your visa ready yet? Call us or click Here to begin your fast, easy visa application. Passport Visas Express.com reviews all applications thoroughly and quickly to ensure approval.

If you’re willing to be a little adventurous and forego the standard hotel treatment, here are some hotel alternatives for you. They may not be cheap, but they are available, which is all important!

1. Love motels. This may sound off-putting to some, but love motels (also called love hotels) are a staple in the Catholic Brazilian tradition, for young lovers who still live at home or couples looking to refresh their relationship. They do not have the same reputation as they do in the United States—these establishments are viewed with affection by men and women alike.

Six thousand such rooms are being redecorated for a more sports-appropriate, family-friendly look. That means they’ll work and appear as your standard hotel room, though perhaps even cleaner, since they’re sterilized after every stay!

2. Favelas. Favela, or the hilly settlements surrounding Rio de Janeiro are known for violent drug wars but have in recent years been scoured in a massive “pacification” by the police in anticipation for the World Cup games. While the police methods have been criticized, families living in the favelas suddenly have a new opportunity to support themselves: opening up their homes for futebol fans from abroad.

Maria Clara dos Santos, one of these hosts, says, “We can provide a level of human warmth and authenticity that places down below cannot.”

These housing arrangements are a bargain and often boast incredible views of the Rio valley.

3. Campsites. Whether you’re looking at resorts or your usual tent-and-sleeping-bag campout, campsites are offering good deals for World Cup spectators. Check out touring companies for more information. These are great options not just for Rio de Janeiro but also Barra da Tijuca, Salvador, and Pipa.

4. Airbnb equivalents, like Love Home Swap. Residents who are renting or hosting their homes for World Cup travelers may offer cosier accommodations than your standard hotel experience, in nontouristy parts of Rio de Janeiro.

Are you ready for the World Cup? Have you updated your passport or applied for your Spectator Visa Vitur Te? (If you’re not sure if what kind of visa you need, click here for more info!) If you haven’t, we at Passport Visas Express.com can swoop in for you. Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup fans, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

 

01/27/2014 - Brazil Consulate holiday closings 2014


Planning on traveling to Brazil? Whether you’re a tourist or on business, your schedule will depend on the hours the Brazilian embassy is open. Please note the Consulate General is closed on all US national holidays as well as Brazilian holidays. These are all the dates the embassy is closed in 2014:
 
January 1, 20
February 17
April 18
May 26
July 4
September 1
October 13
November 11, 27, 28
December 25
 
Please plan your application accordingly. If you have any questions about what you need to attain your visa, feel free to contact our customer service at us 1-888-596-6028, or live chat with our friendly representatives. Passport Visas Express.com has experts ready to answer any question or help you deliver your visa or passport applications!

01/17/2014 - Brazil’s Airlines Capping Flight Fares for World Cup



Good news for those 500,000–600,000 expected international fans of futebol to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Two of four major Brazilian airlines, Avianca and Azul, have agreed to place a cap on fares for flights to Brazil to 999 reals ($425) one way. This is due to increasing pressure from the government to regulate fares for travelers who may feel cheated by soaring prices. The same may apply to Brazil’s third and fourth major airlines, Gol and Tam, sometime soon, although there is no indication from either airline of conceding to this.

Domestic flights—the Brazil World Cup is spread across twelve cities—are also capped at a maximum. Likewise hotels in Rio de Janeiro have agreed not to charge more than what is customarily expected during peak holidays like New Year’s, Carnival (Carnaval), although other hotels have been reported to charge five times as much as normal.

Nevertheless, the air travel should prove to be easier with 1,973 new flights planned “between 25 airports in June and July,” as reported by the BBC. Given that FIFA is expecting over 500,000 fans flying in from around the world, as well as 3 million domestic fans traveling from city to city, this is welcome tidings.

However, the first step before you book your flight is applying for your visa. Passport Visas Express.com has your Brazil World Cup Spectator VITUR-TE application easily set up for you here, the visa for World Cup tourists, as well as a whole variety of other types of visas to Brazil should you wish to stay longer. You're just a few clicks away from the World Cup! 

If you are a professional working in the World Cup, we can help you too! Journalists and those in the press industry may apply here. For any other professionals, contact us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives, for information. We can service any of your visa needs, anytime and anywhere.  

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup fans, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

11/19/2013 - San Francisco Brazil Embassy Having Technical Problems—Passport Visas Express.com Can Help



Per the Consulate of Brazil in the San Francisco jurisdiction, their website will not be accepting new applications for Brazil visa interviews at this time. As of this time, if you live in this jurisdiction, you will be unable to apply for a new visa through their website. The release states:

“Due to technical problems, the web page of the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco is not accepting new applications for visa interviews at this moment. Those people who have already scheduled their visa appointments will not be affected and should come to the Consulate on the scheduled visa appointment date.

“The Consulate will not accept new visa appointments until November 22, 2013.”

Luckily, Passport Visas Express.com is ready to deal with this setback. With offices across the country and multiple jurisdictions, we can offer you a Brazil visa in 8 business days if you are in the San Francisco jurisdiction, so there are no delays to your planning.

The Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco’s jurisdiction covers the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and within California, the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benedito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.

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11/13/2013 - Visa for Foreign Correspondent, Press, Media, Journalists (VITEM VI-TE) for FIFA Brazil World Cup



If you’re looking for a Brazil visa for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place. News and events for futebol, football, and soccer are waiting for your coverage, with the VITEM VI-TE.

This World Cup visa is intended for members of the foreign press for the FIFA games in Brazil: journalists, media correspondents, photographers, camera workers, and similar. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- A letter from the media company for whom the applicant works which must explicitly contain:
- Details about the media company;
- Information on the activities to be performed;
- The address and location of the office the individual will be linked to in Brazil and
- The letter of accreditation with FIFA’ s press committee


and

- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

From the Brazil embassy: VISA FOR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (VITEM VI-TE)

- Specific supporting document required: A letter from the media company for whom the applicant works which must explicitly contain:
- Details about the media company;
- Information on the activities to be performed;
- The address and location of the office the individual will be linked to in Brazil and
- The letter of accreditation with FIFA’ s press committee.
The visa for a foreign correspondent can be extended to legal dependents. Proof of relationship must be provided.

If you are not a member of foreign press, but of the US press, please see here for more information.

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup addicts, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football coverage, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

11/13/2013 - Visa for Entertainment Professionals with Work Permit for FIFA Brazil World Cup



If you’re a performer, artist, or entertainment professional looking for a work visa to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place. Fans, athletes, and spectators around the world are waiting for you, with the VITEM III-TE.

This World Cup visa is intended for artists, athletes, stage producers, and other entertainment professionals. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- Proof of authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” [MTE])
- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

From the Brazil embassy: VISA FOR ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS / WORK PERMIT (VITEM III-TE)

This visa is suitable for artists, athletes, stage producers and other entertainment professionals. You should only apply for this type of visa after obtaining authorization from Brazil's Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” [MTE]). The authorized period of stay will be determined by the MTE.

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup addicts, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football coverage, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

11/13/2013 - Visa for Professionals with Work Permit (VITEM V-TE)



If you’re a professional looking for a work visa to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place. Fans, athletes, and other World Cup employees around the world are waiting for you, with the VITEM V-TE.

This World Cup visa is intended for any professionals not related to entertainment, performance, or athletics. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- Proof of authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” [MTE])

- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

From the Brazil embassy: VISA FOR PROFESSIONALS WITH WORK PERMIT (VITEM V-TE)
This visa category is for professionals with an employment contract. You should only apply for this type of visa after obtaining authorization from Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (“Ministério do Trabalho e Emprego” [MTE]). The authorized period of stay will be that determined by the MTE.

The visa for a professional with work permit can be extended to legal dependents. Proof of relationship must be provided.

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11/12/2013 - Visa for Spectator (VITUR-TE) for Viewers of the FIFA Brazil World Cup



If you’re looking for a Brazil visa for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place! Futebol, football, and soccer are waiting for your arrival with your VITUR-TE visa, for games spectators and Cup fanatics. Click here for your entry to the 20th World Cup.

This Brazil visa is intended for spectators and visitors intending to attend the World Cup matches. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- Your ticket or proof of purchase for the FIFA World Cup 2014 games
- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

From the Brazil embassy: VISA FOR SPECTATOR (VITUR-TE)
Specific supporting document required: Ticket or proof of purchase of ticket valid for any of the games of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The visa may be extended to a legal dependent accompanying the ticket holder as long as proof of relationship is provided. Foreigners who already hold a valid tourist visa may utilize it to participate in the event as a spectator. There is no need to apply for the special visa category described above.

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup fans, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

11/12/2013 - Visa for FIFA-Accredited Personnel and Volunteers (VICOR-TE) of FIFA Brazil World Cup



If you’re looking for a Brazil visa for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place! Futebol, football, and soccer are waiting for your assistance and volunteer help, with the VICOR-TE visa.

This World Cup visa is intended for volunteers and workers/personnel for the FIFA games in Brazil. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- Invitation letter issued by FIFA or by the Organizing Committee of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014
- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup fans, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

11/12/2013 - Visa for Press, Media, Journalists for FIFA Brazil World Cup



If you’re looking for a Brazil visa for the 2014 World Cup games (June 12 to July 13) you’ve come to the right place. News and events for futebol, football, and soccer are waiting for your coverage, with the VITEM II-TE. Click here to apply.

This World Cup visa is intended for members of the press for the FIFA games in Brazil: journalists, media correspondents, photographers, camera workers, and similar. The requirements for going to Brazil are largely the same. You will need:

- Proof of accreditation by the press committee of FIFA
- A complete application
- Two blank pages to your passport
- One passport photo
- Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
- If you are not a US citizen, then a copy of your valid green card or other documentation.

If you are a member of the foreign press and not US, please click here for more information.

From the Brazil embassy: VISA FOR PRESS (VITEM II-TE)

Specific supporting document required: Proof of accreditation by the press committee of FIFA.

The visa can be extended to a legal dependent accompanying the visa holder, for the same period of stay, without documentation proving accreditation as “press.” Proof of relationship must be provided.

Have any questions? Worried that you won’t have enough time to take care for your visa? Passport Visas Express.com is here to help! Not only are we diehard FIFA World Cup addicts, we’ve been processing visas to Brazil for over 15 years. For your trip to the four weeks of pure football coverage, call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives!

 

11/07/2013 - World Cup 2014 Visa Types and Requirements



We’ve reported earlier on how spectators can acquire visas to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup (June 12–July 1), but here’s a guide of all the types of World Cup Brazil visas for those attending this exciting event. These people include volunteers, journalists and other members of the media, members of FIFA, and, of course, the viewers. 

Per the Brazilian embassy, these are the following types of World Cup Brazil visas:

1) Temporary Special Courtesy Visa: for accredited personnel and volunteers of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Maximum validity of the Visa is December 31, 2014.

2) Temporary Special Tourist Visa: for spectators with purchased tickets to attend the FIFA World Cup 2014. Maximum validity is 90 days. This visa is non-extendable. You must enter Brazil by July 13, 2014. This may be extended to dependents without purchased tickets.

3) Temporary Special Business Visa: for members of the press covering the FIFA World Cup 2014. Maximum validity is 90 days. This visa is non-extendable. You must enter Brazil by July 13, 2014. This may be extended to dependents without purchased tickets.

4) Temporary Special (VITEM III): for athletes and artists participating in the FIFA World Cup 2014. This requires a previously approved work permit on behalf of the applicant.

5) Temporary Special (VITEM V): for professionals working for the organization of the FIFA World Cup 2014. This requires a previously approved work permit on behalf of the applicant. This may be extended to dependents for stays over 6 months.

6) Temporary Special (VITEM VI): for international correspondents covering the FIFA World Cup 2014. This requires prior consultation to the Ministry of External Relations. This may be extended to dependents for stays over 6 months.

Temporary special visa applications must be accompanied by the following documents at the time the visa application is submitted at this Consulate:

Standard Requirements for All Temporary Special Visas

A) Applicant’s Passport: original, valid for at least another 6 months on submission date, with at least two blank visa pages. The Consulate reserves the right not to accept soiled, damaged or defaced passports. Amendments and Endorsements pages are for the sole use of issuing country authorities and visas will not be placed on those pages;

B) Visa Application Form: printed receipt page of the visa application form filled out and successfully submitted online duly signed by the passport holder (or parents/legal guardian of a minor) and with the photo attached on the appropriate boxes;

C) Photograph: one professional 2" x 2" passport photo of the applicant in color. Snapshots, photocopies and computer pictures are not accepted. Photos must be recent, taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance. Please glue the photo onto the visa application receipt page.

Rushed for time? Would rather avoid the stress of putting together an application? We at Passport Visas Express.com are happy to help. We’ve helped our customers for the last 3 World Cups with Brazilian visas and are more than ready to finalize your visa application. Call us at 1-888-596-6028, or email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com.

Interested in visiting Brazil for any holiday or vacation? We can help with that too. Check out our Brazil services page for additional helpful information. 

11/07/2013 - Reporting the World Cup and Getting There: Travel Tools for Journalists



When it comes to the World Cup, in Brazil from Jun­e 12 to July 13, 2014, the rules are changing for relationships between reporters and football teams. It’s become increasingly important for journalists to be on the ground during the Cup.

Since the Confederations Cup, Coach Dunga has surprisingly canceled interviews and blocked journalists from interviewing soccer players, leaving news correspondents, especially for radio, scrambling for content. Only photographers are permitted on the pitch, and writers and correspondents are often relegated to viewing a screen of the game.

With this restricted access, it’s vital that journalists be there. Viewers who are continents away—or even in Brazil!—and are excited for any news and immediacy to the games.

These are the requirements for acquiring a journalist’s or media visa, as established by the Brazilian Consulate General.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
- Applicant’s Passport: Original, valid for at least another 6 months on submission date, with minimum two blank visa pages and signed.
 
- Photograph: One recent (less than six months old), professional 2”x2” passport photo of the applicant in color, with a white background.
 
- Visa Application Form: Printed receipt page of the visa application form.
       
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014: VISA FOR FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (VITEM VI-TE)
Specific supporting document required: A letter from the media company for whom the applicant works which must explicitly contain:
- Details about the media company;
- Information on the activities to be performed;
- The address and location of the office the individual will be linked to in Brazil and
- The letter of accreditation with FIFA’s press committee.
FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014: VISA FOR PRESS (VITEM II-TE)
Specific supporting document required: Proof of accreditation by the press committee of FIFA.
 
The visa can be extended to a legal dependent accompanying the visa holder, for the same period of stay, without documentation proving accreditation as “press.” Proof of relationship must be provided.

The visa for a foreign correspondent can be extended to legal dependents. Proof of relationship must be provided.

If you are particularly pressed for time, our experts are happy to help you obtain the visa you need in the timing you need. Passport Visas Express.com (http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/visa_services/brazil/brazil_washington_dc_embassy/tourist_visa) has been working closely with the Brazilian Consulate General for over fifteen years and is well-versed with Brazilian travel policies.

Any questions, call our friendly customer service at 1-888-596-6028, or email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com. Try our easy chat service for some quick answers. Covering the World Cup may be more challenging, but more important than ever, as Brazil continues to find footing for its growing middle class and legions of fútbol fans.

08/09/2013 - Need help with that Brazilian visa application?



It’s no secret that applying for a visa to Brazil has become increasingly complex, and that your chances of having your Brazil visa application rejected or delayed are far greater than ever before. A missing piece of information, poor choice of words, or simply attaching your passport photo incorrectly or using the wrong size passport photo can cause your visa application to be rejected—what’s worse you lose time and money spent on consular fees in the process—$180!

Here at Passport Visas Express.com, we offer an exclusive, premium service called the Visa Pre-Check Service. If you are having trouble or are pressed for time, we can help. Place an order and contact us—we can complete the Brazil visa application on your behalf. This will save you the time, money, and aggravation of completing the electronic Brazil visa application form, and give you peace of mind.

Let our fifteen years’ of experience serve you! Contact us today. You can email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, call us at 1-888-596-6028, or chat with our friendly online representatives today!

04/05/2013 - Brazil is hosting the 20th FIFA World Cup Games!



It’s hard to believe that the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup was in 1950. After all, with five World Cup wins under its belt, Brazil is soccer and soccer is Brazil, right? Call it what you like—soccer, football, futból, or futebol. Either way, vivo!
 
For the twentieth World Cup, Brazil will host games in a variety of cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Cuiabá, Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, and Recife. There’s no doubt you’ll be busy traveling once you arrive to the futebol and natural paradise Brazil is. With that in mind, it’s time to get busy preparing!
 
Or not! Traveling abroad can be an ordeal, especially when you’ve got an itinerary to follow. We’re here to support you through the basics and save you time.
 
Besides fire in your feet, what do you need to get ready for the World Cup of a lifetime? Before anything else, you need to make sure your passport is up to date.
 
We offer US passport services on our site—apply for a brand-new one if this is your first trip abroad, renew, or replace one you’ve lost
 
Done and done.
 
Second up is your visa. If you are a US passport holder, you will need a Brazilian visa to travel to the World Cup—or any other time. A regular tourist visa is valid for 10 years from the date it is issued and allows for a duration of 90 days stay once you arrive, enough time and plenty more for the Cup, which runs from June 12 to July 13, 2014. Apply for the tourist visa by clicking here.
 
Here are the documents you will need for a visa to Brazil:
-A complete application
-Two blank pages to your passport
-Two passport photos
-Your travel itinerary from your travel agency, or a copy of your airline ticket
-Proof of your address (copy of your driver’s license or utility bill)
 
When you have these preliminaries out of the way, then you can move on to the fun stuff: which games to attend, where to crash, and who to root for! It’s no joke we who work in Passport Visas Express.com are diehard futebol fans. We’re here to help you through the most tedious parts of traveling so you can focus on Neymar, Robinho, and the barbecue at your side.
 
For any questions regarding your trip to the four weeks of pure football, feel free to call us at 1-888-596-6028, email us at CustomerSupport@passportvisasexpress.com, or chat with our friendly representatives.
 

03/15/2013 - Do I need a visa to enter Brazil?



Are you a US Citizen?


U.S. citizens require a Brazilian visa regardless of purpose of visit:

Apply for a Brazil Visa.

Non-US citizen Tourist Traveller?


Citizens of the following countries DO NOT need a visa to travel to Brazil for tourism purposes. If your nationality is not listed, please contact us for an application and requirements:

Andorra - Argentina - Austria - Bahamas - Barbados - Belgium - Bolivia - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Croatia - Denmark - Ecuador - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guatemala - Guyana - HKBNO - HKSAR - Hungary - Iceland - Ireland - Israel - Italy - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxembourg -  Macau - Malaysia - Mexico - Monaco - Morocco - Namibia - Netherlands - New Zealand - Norway - OSM Malta - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - the Philippines - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Russia - San Marino - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Africa - South Korea - Spain - Suriname - Sweden - Switzerland - Thailand - Trinidad & Tobago - Tunisia - Turkey - United Kingdom - Uruguay - Vatican - Venezuela (for up to 60 days)

Non-US citizen Business Traveller?


Citizens of the following countries DO NOT need a visa to travel to Brazil for business purposesIf your nationality is not listed, please contact us for an application and requirements:

Argentina - Austria - Belgium - Bolivia - Bulgaria - Czech Republic - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Croatia - Denmark - Ecuador - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Ireland - Israel - Italy - Luxembourg - Macau - Mexico - Monaco - Morocco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Norway - OSM Malta - Paraguay - Peru - the Philippines - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Russia - San Marino - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Africa - South Korea - Spain - Suriname - Sweden - Switzerland - Thailand -  Trinidad & Tobago - Tunisia - Turkey - United Kingdom - Uruguay - Vatican

11/03/2012 - Suspended or Delayed Visas to Brazil


Breaking news from Brazil’s consulates: The issuing of visas and other documents is suspended or delayed at several consulates around the country, effective immediately.  A combination of Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast and other “technical difficulties” are the culprit.

These difficulties involve a security problem in Brazil’s mint, where visa vignettes, passport books, and legalizations seals are created. New supplies are due to arrive however, the consulates cannot precisely state when this will happen or when normal work can resume.
Please check back at this page regularly for continued updates. As we personally visit both the consulates and the Embassy Washington, D.C. we are able to provide you quick and accurate information. Given the uncertain nature of events, please contact us first to tell us your plans and we will do our best to serve you with the most current information regarding the suspension of service. Reach us at:
 
The changes in effect vary from consulate to consulate:
In Boston, MA: This consulate is currently closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
In Chicago, IL: Due to technical difficulties in worldwide Brazilian consulates, this consulate is not issuing visas, legalization of documents, or issuing documents requested by mail, for an unspecified amount of time. No appointments are accepted at this time.
In Hartford, CT: This consulate is currently closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
In Houston, TX: Operations appear to be normal.
In Los Angeles, CA:  No new visa applications will be accepted at this time. Again, this is due to technical difficulties in worldwide Brazilian consulates.
In Miami, FL:  Operations appear to be normal.
In New York, NY: Because public transportation is largely shut down in New York City, due to the hurricane, the consulate is providing onlyemergency service for Brazilian citizens. It is not issuing any visas at this time.
In San Francisco, CA: This consulate is not issuing visas at this time- effective for an unspecified amount of time. Again, this is due to technical difficulties in worldwide Brazilian consulates.
In Washington, DC: Operations appear to be normal.
Again, the length of these suspensions and delays is unknown. Bookmark this page, as we will keep updating and inform you of any changes.
With all this uncertainty, consider Passport Visas Express.com as your reliable guide to getting your visa. We aim to expedite your application process for you, no matter what the delay or limitation, with speedy, easy service to your next trip to Brazil.

07/26/2012 - Operação Tartaruga, or “Operation Turtle”


 

With the Brazilian labor union asking consulate staff to work under “Operation Turtle,” you can guess there will be delays in your Brazilian visa application processing.

 

Why? As of June 19, 2012, half the consulate workforce is on strike. While consulates remain open, the loss of manpower—and a command for remaining staff to work at a slower pace—the already lengthy visa application processing time just got more, well, “turtle-like”.

 

If you’re planning to travel on business, 6 weeks is a good amount of lead time to apply, and wait for your visa. If you’re a tourist, there is less supporting documentation required and 4 weeks is probably safe. The Brazilian consulate in Chicago notes that it has lengthened its wait time to 10 business days, not including the day the application was received. That’s a wait of at least 2 weeks. Further, you may need more time if you’re required to provide additional information after the application is submitted.

 

As the strike has been going on for over a month and counting, consulates expect to be backlogged. Use a qualified visa consulting agency like Passport Visas Express.com to efficiently and expediently navigate these complications. They’ll walk you through each step of the application process and recommend the appropriate amount of lead time to match your expected date of departure. They’ve had 15 years of experience, strikes and all.

11/13/2008 - Brazil Visa Type I


  TEMPORARY VISA 1: (VITEM-I)
 

 

Eligibility:

 

* Scientists, professors, researchers, participants in cultural, technological or scientific missions. (services provided must not be paid for by a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil, except for wages for services rendered, with the submission of a receipt); 

 

* Scientists, technicians, researchers or volunteers under the umbrella of an international cooperation program; 

 

* Interns and other unpaid trainees, bearers of scholarships receiving professional practice in Brazil; 

 

* Exchange students;


* Technicians receiving training in the operation and maintenance of machinery or equipment produced in Brazil;

 

* Amateur athletes, under 21 year old, participating in training programs in Brazil;

 

* Provision of services to a religious or social assistance entity, without employment relationship with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil.

 


NOTES:

 

Temporary Visa I holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.

 

You must enter Brazil within 90 days of the date the visa was issued or the visa is considered void and can no longer be used for entry.

 

If you decide to remain in Brazil beyond the 90-day limit, you can request a one-time extention of 90 days. However, your request should be made at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30 days before your time expires.

 

The time it takes to issue a brazil business visa depends on the consulate to which you are applying. Some consulates offer next-day processing while others take as much as 15 days.

 

Multiple entry visas:

  * Multiple entry visas have a validity of 5 years and a duration of stay of 90 days.
  * Multiple entry visas are issued at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate and can be denied without reason by the Brazilian Consulate.
  * Consular fees are the same for a 5 year multiple entry visa or a 3 month single entry visa.

 

The Brazilian Embassy and Consulates are jurisdictional. Visa applications are accepted at the consulate based on the state the applicant resides in. Each consulate has slightly different requirements and processing times therefore you must choose the requirements for your jurisdiction in order to apply for your visa.

 

 

Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.

 

 

09/19/2008 - Brazilian Visa Types


 

 BRAZIL VISA TYPES

 

The Brazilian Government issues 10 different types of visa. Visas are catagorized by type based on purpose of visit. The three catagories are Tourist (VITUR), Temporary (VITEM), Permanent and Diplomatic/Official.

 

The information below will explain what each type of visa is for. For more information click on the type of visa you are interested in.

 

  TOURIST VISA

 

Tourist Visa ( VITUR ):

  * Tourism trip;
  * visit to relatives and/or friends;
  * scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars.
  * participation in artistic or amateur sport competitions, whenever no monetary prize or paid admission is involved.

 

(Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.)

 

 

 TEMPORARY VISAS:


Temporary Visa I ( VITEM-I ):

  * Scientists, professors, researchers, participants in cultural, technological or scientific missions. (services provided must not be paid for by a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil, except for wages for services rendered, with the submission of a receipt);
  * Scientists, technicians, researchers or volunteers under the umbrella of an international cooperation program;
  * Interns and other unpaid trainees, bearers of scholarships receiving professional practice in Brazil;
  * Exchange students;
  * Technicians receiving training in the operation and maintenance of machinery or equipment produced in Brazil;
  * Amateur athletes, under 21 year old, participating in training programs in Brazil;
  * Provision of services to a religious or social assistance entity, without employment relationship with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil.

 

(Temporary Visa I holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.)

 

 

Temporary Visa II ( VITEM-II ):

  * Travelers with business purposes, except when the trip involves the provision of services of any nature in Brazil (in which case a Vitem V is mandatory). Business visas are issued to business travelers who possess signed import/export contracts or who are traveling to visit companies, make commercial contacts or evaluate investment opportunities;
  * Media coverage or filming;
  * Flight/ship crew members not holding an international crew card. and
  * Adoption of a Brazilian child.

 

Temporary Visa III ( VITEM-III ):

  * Paid participation in athletic or performing arts events.

 

Temporary Student Visa IV ( VITEM-IV ):

  * Pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate academic studies in Brazil.

 

Temporary Visa V ( VITEM-V ):

  * Provision of services to the Brazilian Government, arising from an international agreement, contract or undertaking to which Brazil is a party;
  * Employment contract with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil;
  * Technical assistance services arising from a contract, cooperation agreement, services agreement, or similar instrument signed with a foreign corporation or other legal entity;
  * Professional training, without an employment relationship, immediately after the completion of vocational training or university education;
  * Medical residency in an educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and Recreation;
  * Employees of foreign companies admitted to work in Brazil as trainees or interns at a subsidiary or Brazilian branch of the foreign company, provided that they are paid exclusively outside of Brazil by that foreign company;
  * Foreign instructors or professors who intend to travel to Brazil for a period of training in foreign language instruction;
  * Crew members of foreign vessels traveling to Brazil to operate in waters under Brazilian jurisdiction, as required under a charter, services or risk contract entered into with a Brazilian company;
  * Crew members of foreign fishing vessels leased by Brazilian companies;
  * Crew members or other professionals who perform paid activities aboard cruise vessels along the Brazilian coast, in the Amazon River basin, or in other inland waters.

 

Temporary Visa VI ( VITEM-VI ):

  * Media correspondents

 

Temporary Visa VII ( VITEM-VII ):

  * Travel for religious/missionary purposes.

 

 

  PERMANENT VISAS:

  * Family reunion;
  * Transfer of residence following retirement;
  * Personal investment in Brazil;
  * Intra-company transferees to work as managers, directors, or executives;
  * Job offer at a Brazilian research, scientific, or academic organization based on field of expertise;
  * Manager or director of a religious or social assistance organization.

 

 

  DIPLOMATIC and OFFICIAL VISAS:

  * Diplomatic or Official mission.

 

 

If you would like assistance applying for your Brazilian visa: Apply now.
 

08/18/2008 - Brazil Permanent Visa


 

  Requirements for Brazil Permanent Visa 


Eligibility:   

  • Family reunion;
  • Transfer of residence following retirement;
  • Personal investment in Brazil;
  • Intra-company transferees to work as managers, directors, or executives;
  • Job offer at a Brazilian research, scientific, or academic organization based on field of expertise;
  • Manager or director of a religious or social assistance organization;
  • Procedures for Family Reunion

Applicants are requested to submit a letter stating the reason for moving to Brazil, together with the following documentation (all supporting documentation that has not originated in Brazil must be authenticated by the Consular Service. Copies of Brazilian supporting documents must be notarized by a "Cartório" in Brazil. Original Brazilian documents do not required notarization): 

 

Supporting Documentation:

  • Two visa application forms per applicant, properly filled out (front and back) and duly signed (parents must sign for those under 18 years old
  • Two recent 2" x 2" passport-type photo, in color or black and white, front view, full face, light background (snapshots are not accepted);
  • Authenticated copy of the passport pages of identification;
  • If applicable, marriage certificate or birth certificate;
  • Recent (i.e. less than 90 days) non-criminal record issued by FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • Proof of residence for at least one year in the consular jurisdiction;

From the sponsor in Brazil:

 

  • Copy of identification card, CIC (or a signed and legalized statement, informing the reason for not filing Income Tax in Brazil) and voter title (for Brazilians only);
  • Formal affidavit ("compromisso de manutenção") drawn or authenticated at a "Cartório" or at a Consular Office on the applicant's behalf;

From the applicant or sponsor:

Document attesting to a confirmed job offer in Brazil, or proof of financial capability, or formal affidavit guaranteeing that applicant will be financially supported by an immediate family member or resident in Brazil.

Procedures for transfer of pension funds:

Submission to the Consular Service of the following documentation (all supporting documentation that is not originated in Brazil must be authenticated by the Consular Service. Copies of Brazilian supporting documents must be notarized by a "Cartório" in Brazil. Original Brazilian documents are not required notarization):

  • Certificate issued by official institution attesting to applicant's retirement
  • Documented proof issued by pension provider of monthly pension income of at least US$2,000.00. In case of a third dependent and over, an additional US$1,000.00 per dependent must be accounted for;
  • Statement issued by an official organization certifying that pension funds can be transferred to Brazil on a monthly basis.


NOTES:

Upon receiving confirmation by the Embassy or Consulate that the application was approved (approval procedure may take over two months), you will then be required to submit the following documents:

  • Your passport (valid for at least 6 months prior to its expiration date, and with at least two blank pages available for the visa stamp);
  • A visa fee payment of US$200.00 per applicant. An additional non-refundable processing fee of US$ 130.00 per visa will be charged to US citizens in reciprocity for the identical fee paid by Brazilian citizens who apply for a visa to the United States of America;
  • A non-refundable handling fee of US$10.00 per visa applies to visa applications submitted by mail or by any individual other than the applicant or an immediate member of his or her family
  • The requirements listed above should not, in any way, be considered all-inclusive.
  • The Brazilian Consular Office processing the visa reserves the right to apply additional requirements when they are deemed necessary.
  • First arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued.


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08/18/2008 - Brazil Student Visa Type IV


 

 STUDENT: Temporary Visa IV ( VITEM-IV ):

 

Students at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate or technical level. Student Visa (i.e. Vitem-IV) holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.

 

 

Procedure:

 

Submission to the Embassy or Consulate of two visa application forms per applicant, properly and completely filled in. Note: Every applicant must complete Item 21 of the visa application form, "Comments" (Purpose of Trip). In this section, the applicant must explain precisely what they are going to do while in Brazil. For especially complex trips, the applicant may submit details on an extra sheet of paper, if necessary. Each visa application form must be duly signed by the applicant (and parents must sign the application forms for those under 18 years of age), and must be submitted together with the following documentation:

 

 


• Passport with a minimum validity of six months (it must also have at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);
• Two recent 2" x 2" passport-type photo, in color or black and white, front view, full face, light background (snapshots are not accepted);
• Documented proof of enrollment at a Brazilian educational organization;
• Proof of residence within the consular jurisdiction for the past 12 months;
• A person under 18 year of age not traveling with both parents or legal guardian(s) must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent or guardian, together with appropriate payment to facilitate formal authentication by the Consular Service of the notarized letter of consent and, as applicable, the guardianship document (proof of guardianship is required)
• Visa fee payment of US$ 180.00 per visa.

 

 

  NOTES:

 

• For a stay of longer than 90 days, recent non-criminal record certificate issued by the Police Department of the applicant's place of residence (this does not for persons less than 18 years of age).
• The requirements listed above should not, in any way, be considered all-inclusive. The Brazilian Consular Office processing the visa reserves the right to apply additional requirements, when they are deemed necessary.
• One's first entry into Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date when the visa was issued.
• This visa is good for multiple entries, for the time of the visa's duration. If necessary, an extension may be obtained with the Federal Police in Brazil, if requested at least 30 days prior to its expiration.
• Visitors planning to stay for more than 90 days must register with the Federal Police in Brazil within 30 days of their first entry into the country (together with the passport, you must submit the original visa application form that will be returned to you by the Consular Service).

 

  Apply for your Brazil Visa

 

 

08/18/2008 - Brazil Crew Visa


 

    Temporary Visa: VITEM-V

Eligibility:
 
• Provision of services to the Brazilian Government, arising from an international agreement, contract, or undertaking to which Brazil is a party;

• Employment contract with a corporation or other legal entity based in Brazil;

• Technical assistance services arising from a contract, cooperation agreement, services agreement, or similar instrument signed with a foreign corporation or other legal entity;

• Professional training, without an employment relationship, immediately after the completion of vocational training or university education;

• Medical residency in an educational institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and Recreation;

• Employees of foreign companies admitted to work in Brazil as trainees or interns at a subsidiary or Brazilian branch of the foreign company, provided that they are paid exclusively outside of Brazil by that foreign company;

• Foreign instructors or professors who intend to travel to Brazil for a period of training in foreign language instruction;

• Crew members of foreign vessels traveling to Brazil to operate in waters under Brazilian jurisdiction, as required under a charter, services, or risk contract entered into with a Brazilian company;

• Crew members of foreign fishing vessels leased by Brazilian companies;

• Crew members or other professionals who perform paid activities aboard cruise vessels along the Brazilian coast, in the Amazon River basin, or in other inland waters.

 


The prior authorization by the Ministry of Labor may be waived for an emergency situation requiring the immediate presence of visa applicant in Brazil; beneficiaries, however, cannot apply for another emergency visa within a 6-month period.

 

 

 

Procedures:

 

Once a Type 5 Temporary Visa (VITEM V) has been authorized, the applicant should present to the Consular Service:


Two visa application forms per applicant, properly and completely filled in. Note: Every applicant must complete Item 21 of the visa application form, "Comments" (Purpose of Trip). In this section, the applicant must explain precisely what they are going to do while in Brazil. For especially complex trips, the applicant may submit details on an extra sheet of paper, if necessary. Each visa application form must be duly signed by the applicant (and parents must sign the application forms for those under 18 years of age), and must be submitted together with the following documentation:

 

• Passport with a minimum validity of six months (it must also have at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);

• For non-Americans returning to the United States, copy of green card or valid re-entry visa allowing for re-entry into the United States; For non-Americans without a green card or valid re-entry visa into the United States, valid visa to country of final destination after the trip to Brazil (this requirement does not apply to applicants returning to their country of citizenship);

• Two recent 2" x 2" passport-type photo, in color or black and white, front view, full face, light background (snapshots are not accepted);

• Proof of residence within the consular jurisdiction for the past 12 months;

• Recent (i.e. less than 90 days old) good conduct record issued by the (i.e., applicant's place of residence) police department/authority;

• Visa fee payment of US$240.00 per visa.;

• Copy of marriage certificate, birth certificate, or other official dependency document (if applying for an extended-stay visa to immediate family members);

• A person under 18 year of age not traveling with both parents or legal guardian(s) must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent or guardian, together with appropriate payment to facilitate formal authentication by the Consular Service of the notarized letter of consent and, as applicable, the guardianship document (proof of guardianship is required)

 

 

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08/18/2008 - Brazil Visa: Journalist / Media


   

  Temporary (Media) Visa: VITEM-VI 

 

Procedures:

 

Submission to the Consular Service of two visa application forms per applicant, properly and completely filled in. Note: Every applicant must complete Item 21 of the visa application form, "Comments" (Purpose of Trip). In this section, the applicant must explain precisely what they are going to do while in Brazil. For especially complex trips, the applicant may submit details on an extra sheet of paper, if necessary. Each visa application form must be duly signed by the applicant (and parents must sign the application forms for those under 18 years of age), and must be submitted together with the following documentation:

 

 

• Passport with a minimum validity of six months (it must also have at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);

 

• Two recent 2" x 2" passport-type photo, in color or black and white, front view, full face, light background (snapshots are not accepted);

 

• Letter from the employer or sponsoring organization, on its letterhead stationary, specifying the nature of the job to be performed and the duration of the contract, as well as providing proof of assumption of full financial responsibility by employer/sponsor for the applicant's stay in Brazil.

 

• Recent (i.e., less than 90 days old) non-criminal record issued by the (i.e., applicant's place of residence) Police Department;

 

• A person under 18 year of age not traveling with both parents or legal guardian(s) must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent or guardian, together with appropriate payment to facilitate formal authentication by the Consular Service of the notarized letter of consent and, as applicable, the guardianship document (proof of guardianship is required);

 

• Visa fee payment of US$ 160.00 per visa. 

 

 


 NOTES:

 

• First arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued.

 

• For stays in excess of 90 days, registration with the Federal Police in Brazil is mandatory within 30 days from first arrival in the country (together with the passport, you must submit one original application form, that will be returned to you by the Consular Service).

 

• This visa is good for multiple entries, for the time of the visa's duration. If necessary, a visa extension may be obtained from the Federal Police in Brazil within 30 days prior to its expiration.

 

 

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08/18/2008 - Brazil Religious / Missionary Visa


 

 Religious / Missionary Temporary Visa: VITEM-VII 

 

Eligibility:

Travel for religious/missionary purposes

 

 

Procedure:

 

Submission to the Embassy or Consulate of the following documents (all supporting documentation that is not originated in Brazil must be authenticated by the Consular Service. Copies of Brazilian supporting documents must be notarized by a "Cartório" in Brazil): 

 

• Two visa application forms per applicant, properly and completely filled in. Note: Every applicant must complete Item 21 of the visa application form, "Comments" (Purpose of Trip). In this section, the applicant must explain precisely what they are going to do while in Brazil. For especially complex trips, the applicant may submit details on an extra sheet of paper, if necessary. Each visa application form must be duly signed by the applicant (and parents must sign the application forms for those under 18 years of age);

 

• Ordination certificate and/or diploma and school transcript for complete undergraduate theological studies;

 

• Curriculum vitae;

 

• If applicable, marriage, birth certificate or official dependency document for spouse/children/dependents;

 

• Signed statement of commitment that the applicant will not engage in any activity in indigenous areas without the proper authorization by FUNAI - "National Indian Foundation";

 

• Brazilian notarized documents (send the documents with the original stamp by the "Cartório", plus one copy each):


  o Constitutive minutes/statutes of the Brazilian religious or missionary organization;


  o Empowerment certificate issued to the Brazilian religious or  missionary organization's head officer;


  o Financial affidavit drawn at a "Cartório" by the Brazilian religious or missionary organization on behalf of the visitor and on his exit from the country;
 

 

• Passport with a minimum validity of six months (it must also have at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);

 

• Two recent 2" x 2" passport-type photo, in color or black and white, front view, full face, light background (snapshots are not accepted);

 

• Letter from the employer or sponsoring organization, on its letterhead stationary, specifying the nature of the job to be performed and the duration of the contract, as well as providing proof of assumption of full financial responsibility by employer/sponsor for the applicant's stay in Brazil.

 

• Recent (i.e., less than 90 days old) non-criminal record issued by the (i.e., applicant's place of residence) Police Department;


• A person under 18 year of age not traveling with both parents or legal guardian(s) must provide a notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent or guardian, together with appropriate payment to facilitate formal authentication by the Consular Service of the notarized letter of consent and, as applicable, the guardianship document (proof of guardianship is required);

 

• Visa fee payment of US$ 210.00 per visa. 

 

 

 


  NOTES:


• First arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued.

 

• For stays in excess of 90 days, registration with the Federal Police in Brazil is mandatory within 30 days from first arrival in the country (together with the passport, you must submit one original application form, that will be returned to you by the Consular Service).

 

• This visa is good for multiple entries, for the time of the visa's duration. If necessary, a visa extension may be obtained from the Federal Police in Brazil within 30 days prior to its expiration.

 

 

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08/18/2008 - Brazil Diplomatic Visa


 

  Diplomatic and Official  Brazil Visas 
 

 

Eligibility:
Persons participating on a Diplomatic or Official mission.

 

Procedures:

 

• Submission to the Consular Section the following documents:

• Passport (valid for at least six months at the time of first entry, containing at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);


• Visa Application Form , completely filled out (front and back);


• A letter from the US Department of State, Diplomatic Mission or International Organization stating the nature and duration of the mission.

 

  Apply for a Brazil Visa

 

 

08/18/2008 - Brazil Official Visa


 

  Diplomatic and Official  Brazil Visas 
 

 

Eligibility:
Persons participating on a Diplomatic or Official mission.

 

Procedures:

 

• Submission to the Consular Section the following documents:

• Passport (valid for at least six months at the time of first entry, containing at least one blank page available for the visa stamp);


• Visa Application Form , completely filled out (front and back);


• A letter from the US Department of State, Diplomatic Mission or International Organization stating the nature and duration of the mission.

 

  Apply for a Brazil Visa

 

 

08/14/2008 - Brazil Consulate Jurisdiction


The Brazilian Embassy and Consulates are jurisdictional. Visa applications are accepted at the consulate based on the state the applicant resides in. Each consulate has slightly different requirements and processing times therefore you must choose the requirements for your jurisdiction in order to apply for your visa.

 

Please find your state or county (for CA residents) and click on the corresponding link to the visa requirements based on your state of residence:

 

Atlanta Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee

 

Boston Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

 

Chicago Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin 

 

Houston Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

 

Los Angeles Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and in the State of California, the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura

 

Miami Consulate:
Jurisdiction: State of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands.

 

New York Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the Bermuda Islands 

 

San Francisco Consulate:
Jurisdiction: States of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and in the State of California, the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Ladera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benedito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislau, Sutter,Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolunme, Yolo,and Yuma

 

Washington, D.C. Embassy:
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, States of Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North American bases, excepting Guam

 

 

 

08/14/2008 - Brazil Transit Visa


 

    TRANSITTING BRAZIL

 

To enter Brazil, even if only for a few hours, you will need a visa. However, if you are only in transit through a Brazilian airport on your way to another country and do not plan to leave the transit area of the airport, you do not need a visa. The maximum time in tranist you may stay in Brazil is 7 hours.

 

It is highly recommended that you obtain a tourist visa, considering that it is always possible that an international flight may be delayed or even cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

 Apply for a Brazil Visa

 

 

08/13/2008 - How to read a Brazilian Visa


 

    How do I read my Brazilian visa?

 

 

 

 

The image above is a typical Brazilian visa.  The visa is stamped on a blank visa page within your passport. 

 

 

A: Issue date: To validate your visa, you must enter Brazil within 90 days of this date or the visa is considered invalid for entry.

 

B: Visa type:  The visa above is a tourist visa. Business visas are issued with the particular sub class such as Type II or Type IV which would be clearly denoted on the visa itself.

 

C: Visa validity.  The visa above is valid for 1825 days from the date of issue (A), or 5 years.  The validity of the visa is issued at the sole discretion of the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.

 

Additional Notes: At the very bottom of the visa there are two notes. The first note indicates "First entry within ninety days. Valid for multiple entries. Allows stay in Brazil up to 90 days for each entry. Extendable to a maximum 180 per year." You may extend your stay in Brazil if you petition the local authorities no later than the first 30 days of your visit. The government will then determine how much longer you may stay or extend your stay- the maximum allowable stay being 180 days per year.

 

 

The note below in red indicates that employment is not permitted with this type of visa.
 

 

 

08/13/2008 - Brazil Visa Difference: Tourist vs Business


What is the difference between a brazilian tourist visa and a business visa?

 

Tourist Visa:

A Brazilian tourist visa is issued specifically for the purpose of travel for pleasure, sightseeing or vacation. Brazil tourist visa specifics.

 

 

Business Visa:

A Brazilian business visa generally permits a traveler to engage in normal business-related activities. There are several types of Brazilian business visas. The most common is the Type II Brazilian business visa.  The type II visa is specifically for:

 

  • Travelers with business purposes, except when the trip involves the provision  of services of any nature in Brazil (in which case a Vitem V is mandatory). 
  • Business visas are issued to business travelers who possess signed import/export contracts or who are traveling to visit companies, make commercial contacts or evaluate investment opportunities;
  • Media coverage or filming;
  • Flight/ship crew members not holding an international crew card.
  • Adoption of a Brazilian child.
  • Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature (in which case a Vitem V is mandatory).

 

 

08/12/2008 - Brazil Visa Type III


 

   TEMPORARY VISA III: (VITEM-III)
 

 

Eligibility:

 

* Travelers under contract for artistic or athletic/sports performance in Brazil or, in any case, whenever a paid admission is involved. 
 

 


NOTES:

 

Submission of contract directly to the Brazilian Ministry of Labor (CIMT) for necessary approval; once obtained the necessary approval of contract by the Ministry of Labor, you can then submit your visa application to the Embassy or Consulate for processing of your visa.
 

 

You must enter Brazil within 90 days of the date the visa was issued or the visa is considered void and can no longer be used for entry.

 

If you decide to remain in Brazil beyond the 90-day limit, you can request a one-time extention of 90 days. However, your request should be made at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30 days before your time expires.

 

The time it takes to issue a brazil business visa depends on the consulate to which you are applying. Some consulates offer next-day processing while others take as much as 15 days.

 

Multiple entry visas:

  * Multiple entry visas have a validity of 5 years and a duration of stay of 90 days.
  * Multiple entry visas are issued at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate and can be denied without reason by the Brazilian Consulate.
  * Consular fees are the same for a 5 year multiple entry visa or a 3 month single entry visa.

 

The Brazilian Embassy and Consulates are jurisdictional. Visa applications are accepted at the consulate based on the state the applicant resides in. Each consulate has slightly different requirements and processing times therefore you must choose the requirements for your jurisdiction in order to apply for your visa.

 

 

Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.

 

 

08/12/2008 - Brazil Visa Entries


What is the difference between a Brazil single and mutiple entry visa?

 

 

Single, double, triple or multiple entry refers to the number of times a person may enter a specific country during the validity of the visa. For example a double entry visa issued for a period of 30 days (the validity) will permit the traveler to enter the country twice within that 30 day period.

 

Single, double, triple or multiple does not refer to the number of travelers or applicants.

 

Please Note:

 

  • Multiple entry visas have a validity of 5 years and a duration of stay of 90 days.

 

  • The maximum stay per year is 180.

 

  • Multiple entry visas are issued at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate and can be denied without reason by the Brazilian Consulate.

     

  • Passport Visas Express.com is not responsible for visas not issued for the requested 5 year period.

     

  • Consular fees are the same for a 5 year multiple entry visa or a 3 month single entry visa.

 

 

08/01/2008 - Brazil Business Visa Type II



Business VISA: (VITEM-II) also known as a "Type II" Visa
 

Eligibility- Who should apply:

 

  • Business visas are issued to travelers who possess signed import/export contracts or who are traveling to visit companies, make commercial contacts or evaluate investment opportunities
  • Media coverage or filming
  • Flight/ship crew members not holding an international crew card
  • Adoption of a Brazilian child
  • Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature (in which case a Vitem V is mandatory).

 


Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.

 


NOTES:

 

Business visa holders are not allowed to engage in any activity under employment contract with a Brazilian organization/corporation.

 

You must enter Brazil within 90 days of the date the visa was issued or the visa is considered void and can no longer be used for entry.

 

If you decide to remain in Brazil beyond the 90-day limit, you can request a one-time extention of 90 days. However, your request should be made at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30 days before your time expires.

 

The time it takes to issue a brazil business visa depends on the consulate to which you are applying. Some consulates offer next-day processing while others take as much as 15 days.

 

Multiple entry visas:

  * Multiple entry visas have a validity of 5 years and a duration of stay of 90 days.
  * Multiple entry visas are issued at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate and can be denied without reason by the Brazilian Consulate.
  * Consular fees are the same for a 5 year multiple entry visa or a 3 month single entry visa.

 

The Brazilian Embassy and Consulates are jurisdictional. Visa applications are accepted at the consulate based on the state the applicant resides in. Each consulate has slightly different requirements and processing times therefore you must choose the requirements for your jurisdiction in order to apply for your visa.

 

 

Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.

 

 

08/01/2008 - Brazil Tourist Visa


TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS (VITUR)

Eligibility - Who should apply:

  • Tourism
  • Visit relatives and/or friends
  • Scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars (In this case, an invitation letter must be submitted)
  • Participation in artistic or amateur sport competitions, whenever no monetary prize or paid admission is involved (In this case, an invitation letter must be submitted)


Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.
 

NOTES:

Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Brazil.

If you are attending business meetings or travel for any business purpose then you must apply for a business visa (VITEM II).

You must enter Brazil within 90 days of the date the visa was issued or the visa is considered void and can no longer be used for entry.

If you decide to remain in Brazil beyond the 90-day limit, you can request a one-time extention of 90 days. However, your request should be made at nearest post of the Brazilian Federal Police Department at least 30 days before your time expires.

The time it takes to issue a brazil tourist visa depends on the consulate to which you are applying. Some consulates offer next-day processing while others take as much as 15 days.

Multiple entry visas:

  •   Multiple entry visas have a validity of 10 years and a duration of stay of 90 days.
  •   Multiple entry visas are issued at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate and can be denied without reason by the Brazilian Consulate.

The Brazilian Embassy and Consulates are jurisdictional. Visa applications are accepted at the consulate based on the state the applicant resides in. Each consulate has slightly different requirements and processing times therefore you must choose the requirements for your jurisdiction in order to apply for your visa.

Apply now for your Brazilian Visa.

 

 

06/02/2008 - Brazil Visa Fee Increase


Beginning January 1st 2008, the embassy of Brazil will increase the tourist visa fee from $110 to $140. Business visa fees will increase from $170 to $200. Please visit our Brazil visa page for more details.
 

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