Update, 12/8/13: Visas for Americans, Canadians, and Australians will be required starting on 1/10/24 and are available online here. You will need to provide passport photos, an $81 fee, confirmed flights, 2 blank passport pages, and a printed bank statement (!) showing transactions over the past 30 days and a $2,000 minimum account balance. Additional requirements for those under 18 include an original and a copy of the birth certificate, authorization forms signed by both parents, and more. The US visa will be valid for multiple entries for 10 years, while the Canada and Australia visas are valid for 5 years.
Update, 3/10/23: Lula, Brazil’s new left wing president, has announced that tourist visa requirements will be returning for US, Canada, Japan, and Australian citizens. This comes 4 years after Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s right-wing president, ditched them to increase tourism. Lula’s foreign ministry notes that 2022 tourism numbers from the US are below 2018 numbers and that visa-free travel’s impact on tourism numbers were minimal, though that ignores the effects of COVID on travel.
It’s unclear when exactly visas will become required again, what the cost will be, or what the process of obtaining one will be.
I still have a 10 year visa that I obtained for $160 from our October 2014 trip. I assume that will still be valid until October 2024?
Will you travel to Brazil before visas are required again?
Update, 6/18/19: You can now visit Brazil with no visa required!
Originally posted on 3/19/19:
Getting to Brazil as an American citizen has long been a huge pain due to their cumbersome visa process.
I started this website in 2004 while volunteering for the year in Sao Paulo on bochur shlichus, mentoring and studying with younger students and organizing community activities.
And doing some crazy stuff while touring the country:
I was there on a student visa and Brazil caused all kinds of trouble because they didn’t like that my legal middle name is just an initial, though eventually that was sorted out.
In 2007 while I was studying to earn an MBA I returned to Brazil on a school trip and had a terrifying near-death experience.
But that didn’t stop me from taking advantage of the short-lived ability to book out the entire 4 seat TAM first class cabin to visit Brazil with my family in 2014:
And we had a great time there:
- Trip Notes Brazil Part 1: 10 Years Of Travel And Deal Blogging And A Return To Where It All Began (Published 11/23/14)
- Trip Notes Brazil Part 2: Flying “Private” To Sao Paulo With Miles (Published 2/7/16)
- Trip Notes Brazil Part 3: Iguaçu Falls (Published 4/17/16)
- Trip Notes Brazil Part 4: Rio de Janeiro (Published 5/1/16)
The major pain point for visiting Brazil has always been the visa. In my case I would have had to fly to Washington DC with money orders in order to obtain a tourist visa. In the end we used a service to do that for us, but we still had to go back and forth a few times with notarized documents in order to get visas for our kids. The tourist visa cost $160 for 10 years.
Last year Brazil finally launched the ability to apply for a visa online. The online visa cost is $44.24, though the visa is only valid for 2 years.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Brazil’s new right wing president is eliminating all visa requirements for US, Canada, Japan, and Australian citizens as of June 17th. That’s amazing news!
I’ve been to the beautiful island of Florianopolis, the stunning city of Rio, the breathtaking rainforest and waterfall in Iguaçu, the urban planning laboratory of Curitiba, and the warm Jewish community and excellent restaurants in Sao Paulo. But I still have bucket list items in Brazil like the Amazon Rainforest in Manaus, where a friend of mine is the Chabad Shliach, the Panantal, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, and the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.
As of June, visiting Iguazu Falls will have gone from requiring 2 visas of $160 each from Argentina and Brazil to no visas at all as both countries have eliminated visa requirements for US citizens. It’s one of the most beautiful places on this planet!
Will you visit Brazil when they drop their visa requirement?