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Brazil Visa Requirements to Visit Rio de Janeiro

by David Pacella | June 10th, 2010

Rio de Janeiro may not be the capital of Brazil, but it is its most famous city. According to Wikipedia, Rio, or “The Marvelous City,” as it is often called, is the most-visited city in the Southern Hemisphere.

Visitors come to Rio for a variety of reasons. The vibrant nightlife is a huge draw, as are the gorgeous white-sand beaches that surround the city.  The colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer that looks over the city from the top of Corcovado is listed as one of the 7 new wonders of the world, and taking the glass cable-car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain provides yet another amazing view of the city.

If you’re looking for fun activities in Rio that are little less obvious, check out this post on the 6 Best-Kept Secrets of Rio de Janeiro from the Matador Trips site.  You’ll learn how to get your fill of samba performances, even if it’s not Carnival season, how to find the best clubs, and all about Brazilian ice cream.

Of course, to visit Rio, you first have to negotiate Brazil’s rather complex tourist visa process.  Brazil has a “jurisdictional” visa system, in which each Brazilian embassy only handles visa applications from a specific region of the US. Step 1, then is figuring out which embassy you need to apply at. Once you know that, here’s a rundown of what you’ll need to get a Brazil visa for regular tourist travel:

  • Your passport. Check the expiration date in the back, as your expiration date must be at least 6 months into the future for you to get a Brazil visa. You’ll also need 2 or more blank pages in the back.  Before applying for your visa, get a passport renewal or add pages as necessary.
  • One Brazil visa application
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • A copy of your itinerary, which must have the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil.
  • A  clean, readable copy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
  • If you will be visiting friends or relatives, you also need a letter from your hosts.

To enter Brazil, you may also need a yellow fever vaccination. Vaccines are required of travelers who have been to any of the following countries in the past 3 months (90 days): 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.

RushmyTravelVisa can make getting a Brazil visa much simpler. Our trained visa specialists assist you with the application, so you don’t make common mistakes that could delay processing. Then, we personally deliver it to the appropriate embassy or consulate for expedited processing.

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