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To Enjoy Brazil’s Famous Beaches, You Will Need a Brazilian Visa

by David Pacella | November 28th, 2009

When you think of Brazil, what comes to mind? For most people, the answer is exciting festivals like Carnivale, lush tropical rainforests, and of course, the world-famous beaches. Probably the most famous of these is Copacabana, immortalized in the Grammy-winning hit song by Barry Manilow.  Despite the predictable crowds of locals and tourists, Copacabana’s gorgeous white sands are still well worth a visit. Copacabana also has many activities available, day and night, including futevolei, also known as foot volleyball.

For a quieter experience and some spectacular swimming, check out Ipanema, another gorgeous white sand beach near Rio de Janeiro.  Moving away from Rio de Janeiro and towards Sao Paulo, the sand is tinted a beautiful shade of gold on the beaches of Costa Verde. Even better, the rainforest runs right up to the sand in some places.

Before you can bask in the sun in Brazil, however, you do need a Brazilian visa. You’ll need to apply in advance, as Brazil does not issue visas on arrival. Their visa system can be somewhat difficult to navigate, and you should definitely verify the requirements for your trip in advance.

To get a Brazilian tourist visa, here is what is generally required :

  • Your US passport. You must have at least 6 months to go before your passport expires, and at least 2 blank pages  in the back for the visa.
  • A Brazilian visa application
  • 2 passport photos
  • A copy of your  itinerary. The itinerary must indicate when you will be  entering and exiting Brazil
  • A copy of your driver’s license or ID. The copy must be clear and legible.
  • If you will be visiting friends or relatives in Brazil, they also need to provide a letter.

Brazil also requires a yellow fever vaccination if you have been to a country where yellow fever is present in the past 90 days. You need an international certificate of yellow fever vaccination if you have been to any of the following countries within the 90 day time frame:  Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela. can help you research your trip and apply for all the necessary visas. Brazil’s visa system is somewhat complicated, and the professional help you’ll receive from our team of visa specialists can make applying for your Brazilian visa much easier.

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One Response to “To Enjoy Brazil’s Famous Beaches, You Will Need a Brazilian Visa”

  1. Brazilian Visa Requirements For Tourists « RushMyTravelVisa

    […] natural attractions like the country’s lush rainforests and sugar-sand beaches. (See our article on Brazil’s beaches for a rundown on the most popular places to swim and […]

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