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2011 Destinations: Get a Brazilian Visa to Visit Rio De Janeiro

by David Pacella | January 9th, 2011

Rio De Janeiro is another destination that’s been on the lips of travel experts as they look toward 2011. Rio is set to host the 2014 World Cup and the Summer Olympics in 2016, and Frommer’s claims that the city has already started putting on the ritz: “Although hardly a secret destination, Rio de Janeiro is shedding its image as a sun, sea and samba town and going for glamour and sophistication.”

Meanwhile, AOL named Rio as one of its “Best Beach Destinations of 2011,” saying “if the impending World Cup and Olympic excitement are any clue, Rio is set to take the world by storm.” AOL recommends that you duck the crowds at Copacabana and head to quieter, more upscale Leblon instead.

No matter how you’re planning to spend your time in Rio, you’ll need a Brazilian visa. Even as Rio prepares to welcome visitors, Brazil’s visa system remains somewhat complicated. You have to apply ahead of time and have your visa in hand before you leave the US. Brazil has a jurisdictional visa system, which means you’ll also need to submit your application to the appropriate embassy depending on your home address.

Here are the documents you’ll need to get your Brazilian visa:

  • A valid US passport with at least 6 months left before it expires and at least 2 blank pages in the back for the visa.
  • One completed Brazilian visa application
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • A copy of your itinerary showing the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil.
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The copy must be clear and easily read.
  • 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 makes the process of getting a Brazilian visa much simpler. Your visa specialist will walk you through the application process to help you avoid common mistakes that could delay your visa. Then, we’ll expedite your visa application with the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.

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