As the Brazilian Foreign Office bases its actions on
reciprocity, visitors from some foreign countries will
require a visa which is usually processed within two
working days by applying to the nearest Brazilian Embassy
or Consulate. If unable to apply in person, applicants
should allow one to two full weeks to work through this
process via mail (if applicable) or through a visa service.
Attendees of scientific conferences may apply for
a tourist visa. Requirements for a tourist visa for
scientific conference attendees include a passport valid
for at least six months from the date of arrival, one
passport size photograph, an invitation letter from
the conference organizers and proof of a round trip
ticket such as a copy of airline issued receipt or itinerary.
Upon payment of ISMB registration, an invitation letter
will be provided. Invitation letters are not required
for family members traveling with conference attendees.
Entry into Brazil must occur within 90 days from the
date the visa was issued, so please plan accordingly.
Most international airlines can further advise on visa
Please check both the Visa and Vaccination requirements,
with the Brazilian Embassy in your country - you can
find these information at: www.mre.gov.br/ingles/endereco/embaixadas.asp
or for the USA, the Brazil Tourism Office at www.braziltourism.org/index.html.
paid assistance with obtaining a visa from the United
States and Canada please click
here. Delegates please note you must submit your
invitation letter when requesting a visa. This should
be accompanied with passport, completed visa application
and current photo. ZVS may be able to assist delegates
from other countries. Please visit: www.zvs.com
1. Can I apply for a visa by mail?
2. Can someone apply for a visa in
3. For How Long Can I Stay in Brazil?
4. In my visa it is written that I
have to enter Brazil within 90 days from the date
the visa was issued, but I will not be able to travel
within that time frame. Can you extend my visa?
5. I have gotten my tourist visa and
traveled to Brazil within 90 days of the date the
visa was issued. Is it still valid?
6. I am scientist, professor or researcher
and I am going to attend a cultural, technological
or scientific conferences/seminars. Can I apply for
a tourist visa?
7. I heard that I need a Yellow Fever
Vaccination Certificate to enter Brazil. Is it true?
8. Do I need any vaccination to enter
9. I am divorced and I plan to travel
with my children (under the age of 18) to Brazil ?
Do I need permission from their father/mother?
1. Can I apply for a visa
You should check the consulate of your jurisdiction,
as it changes from consulate to consulate. For example,
the consulates in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
do not accept visa requests by mail, so those living
in the jurisdiction of these consulates will have to
do it personally or through visa agencies/visa service.
On the other hand, the consulates in Miami, Washington
DC, Houston and Boston do accept visa requests via mail,
with some restrictions.
2. Can someone
apply for a visa in my name?
Yes. The person applying on your behalf must bring all
the necessary documents, including your passport. Please
note that there is an extra fee when the traveler is
not applying in person.
3. For How Long
Can I Stay in Brazil?
All Tourist Visa holders may only stay in Brazil for
up to 90 days, regardless of nationality or the length
of time that the Visa is given for. The Federal Police
in Brazil may extend this 90-day period, yet stays in
Brazil may not exceed 180 days per year under any circumstance.
4. In my visa
it is written that I have to enter Brazil within 90
days from the date the visa was issued, but I will not
be able to travel within that time frame. Can you extend
No. Once any visa is issued, it must be used within
90 days or it will expire. Then you will have to apply
for another visa and pay another fee. If you are not
yet sure about your travel plans, please do not apply
for a visa. It is best if you wait until you have purchased
your tickets. Also, it is best not to apply earlier
than 60 days from the date of travel.
5. I have gotten
my tourist visa and traveled to Brazil within 90 days
of the date the visa was issued. Is it still valid?
The tourist visa for Americans and Canadians is valid
for multiple entries for five years from the date it
was first used (unless otherwise noted in ink in the
visa). So, if you entered Brazil within ninety days
from the date it was issued, yes it remains valid for
several other visits for five years. The only restriction
is that you cannot stay in Brazil for more than 90 days
each time you go (up to 180 days per year if an extension
of stay after the 90 days are over is granted by the
Federal Police in Brazil). For all other nationalities,
the tourist visa is valid for only 90 days. The validity
of business visas for all nationalities is generally
limited to 90 days. The business visa for Americans
and Canadians can be valid for up to five years; the
decision is made on a case by case basis.
6. I am scientist,
professor or researcher and I am going to attend a cultural,
technological or scientific conferences/seminars. Can
I apply for a tourist visa?
Yes, but in this case, an invitation letter must be
7. I heard that
I need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to enter
Brazil. Is it true?
Brazil is trying to prevent the dissemination of yellow
fever. You do not need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
to enter Brazil if you are traveling directly from the
United States. However, a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
is required if you have visited on the past 90 days
or if you will visit one of the following countries
before entering Brazil: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina
Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan
8. Do I need any
vaccination to enter Brazil?
No. The case when a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
is needed is explained in question 7. The only other
vaccination requirement applies to children aged from
three months through six years who will have to present
a vaccination certificate proving they have been immunized
against polio. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended
if applicant intends to visit one of the following regions
Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Federal District, Goiás,
Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará,
Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins.
9. I am divorced
and I plan to travel with my children (under the age
of 18) to Brazil ? Do I need permission from their father/mother?
Yes. A notarized letter from the children's other parent
authorizing the Consulate to issue the visas for the
minors must be presented together with the applications.
There is only one exception to this rule: when the parent
who is traveling is the sole guardian of the children
as decided by a Judge (in that case, please present
a certified copy of the Court order).