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What You Need To Know To Get A Brazil Visa

Brazil is the largest country in South America, with a coastline of 7,491 square kilometres. This means there are over 2000 beaches!

Brazil borders nearly every country in South America, excluding only Ecuador and Chile. making Brazil an excellent base for touring the South American continent.

It’s often the great value of day-to-day living that excites expats who settle here.

If you’re from the Northern US or almost anywhere in Canada, you’ll love the abundance of fresh flowers that are always in bloom, trees that keep their leaves, and there’s no ice or snow to shovel and scrape. Brazil is close to the equator, the weather is comfortably spring-like mid-70s F to low 80s F year-round.

You can spend your days walking, hiking, swimming, playing tennis, and even playing a round of golf. Many restaurants and bars offer open-air seating to let you soak up the beautiful environment while enjoying your meal or drink. You can even attend concerts in outside venues.

It’s always a bonus knowing that you can access free public health care in case of an emergency. All permanent residents can access this healthcare, although many expats choose to go private and receive a better standard of care than in government hospitals.

Brazil’s economy is growing at one of the fastest rates in the world. This can be seen in the vast improvements to infrastructure that are currently taking place, and in the buildings that are constantly being constructed. This suggests exciting things ahead for Brazil and makes this a great time to move to Brazil.

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The first step in getting a Brazil visa is determining if you need one at all. If you are just planning a quick trip to Rio, then you may not need a visa if you are from one of the many countries with visa exemption status. Nonetheless, if you are not from one of these countries, or you intend to stay longer than three months, then you may wish to acquire a Brazilian visa. For more information about which citizens from which countries can visit Brazil without a visa please review the following material.

Note, if you do enter Brazil with a visa waiver but want to stay longer than 90 days, you can extend for another 90 days by visiting the Brazilian Federal Police. But you can only extend once. You can also extend long-term visas from within Brazil via the same process.

There are three types of short-term (less than 90 days) Brazilian visas. There is the tourist visa, the business visa, and the transit visa. The purpose of these visas should be self-evident. You need a tourist visa if you want to come and visit Brazil just as a tourist, not working or doing any business. You need a business visa if you plan to conduct business, and a transit visa is just for people who are passing through not planning an actual stay in Brazil but say headed on to Argentina or a different country.

For stays longer than 90 days, you will need a long-term visa. If you enter Brazil on a long-term visa you must register with the Brazilian Federal Police. You can do this right away, or at any time during your initial 90-day stay. A long-term visa gives you the right to reside in Brazil for anywhere between 1 to 3 years. If you are planning to stay long term you are going to want to get a tax number or CPF because it is required for many things like making large purchases or renting a flat. You can apply for a CPF at a Banco do Brasil, a Correios (which is the Brazilian post office), or a Caixa Economical Federal.

There are three types of long-term visas. These are the Brazil work visa, the Brazil student visa, and the Brazil family reunification visa.


Visa requirements 

  • A valid passport
  • Duly completed visa application form
  • Passport photo
  • Return flight ticket
  • Demonstration of financial solvency. This might include bank statements or proof of investments.
  • If you are applying for a work visa, then you will need proof of employment
  • If you are applying for a family reunion visa then they will want to see documentation on the family member, be it a sibling, parent, child, or spouse.
  • For a student visa, they will want to see your enrollment letter
  • Clear criminal record
  • Hotel booking or other verification of accommodations


Types of Long-term (vitem) visas

There are a number of different long-term visas. They are:

  • Research, Teaching, or Academic
  • Business
  • Student
  • Work
  • Religious Activities
  • Volunteer Activities
  • Investment
  • Family Reunification
  • Artistic or Athletic Activities
  • International Accords
  • Pensioners Visa
  • Digital Nomad Visa

Map of Brazil

Map of Brazil

Research, Teaching, or Academic Visa

This visa is for scientists or professors who are engaged in scientific or technological research or development at a Brazilian scientific institute and is good for up to two years. In addition to the usual requirements for a visa application, you will also need authorization from the Ministerio de Ciencia, and should you be receiving payment for your research from a Brazilian organization you will also need authorization from the Ministry of Labor.

Student Visa

For long-term studies of more than 90 days, a student visa is required.  

Work Visa

If you are planning to work in Brazil you will need prior authorization from the Ministry of Labor in addition to the standard application. This visa is for anyone who has employment in Brazil.

Religious Activities Visa

This visa is for missionaries who are in Brazil to proselytize or are planning to help out at a religious institution. You will need a notarized letter from the Church where you intend to operate which attests that they will take care of your financial obligations, shelter, food etc. while you are in the country. You will also need to sign a letter saying that you will not operate in an indigenous area without proper authorization.

Volunteer Services

If you are going to Brazil as part of a charitable organization or to do volunteering with an NGO or government-sponsored operation then you will want a Volunteer Services visa.   You will need a letter of invitation as well as an affidavit of responsibility on behalf of the institution where you will be volunteering.

Family Reunification

If you are moving to Brazil in order to be closer to a family member then this is the visa you would want. If you are the spouse, partner, sibling, child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, or guardian of a Brazilian citizen or Brazilian permanent resident then you can apply for this visa. You will need to show some proof of your relationship, through birth certificates, marriage certificates, or other documentation.

Artistic or Athletic Activities

Applicants for this visa type also require prior authorization from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor. This visa is for athletes or artists who are planning to practice their craft or train in Brazil on a semi-long term basis (over 90 days).


Long-Term Visa Application Process

In order to apply for a long-term visa to stay in Brazil, you need to make an appointment with the Brazilian embassy or consulate in whatever country you are in. At that appointment, you have to furnish them with the required documents and application form. You will want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before the appointment because if any of your paperwork is incomplete you will have to start the process over again. Once you have handed in all your paperwork and paid the fee you should get an answer on your visa application within a few weeks.


Pontal do Atalaia Beach Staircase, Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro


As you can see there are several ways to enter Brazil and apply for a visa. Pick the one that obviously suits you and your family best, and take it slow as the government of Brazil can be extremely bureaucratic, but you can get it done, just be patient.

For Everything you need to know about Residencies, Second Passports and Wealth Protection, read this amazing article: The Basics of How To Get a Second Passport Or a Second Residency.

You can also look at birth tourism as a way to get a new passport for yourself and your children. Each country has its own rules and regulations, and Brazil is no exception. Read our article on Top Countries For Birth Tourism.



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