As a foreign national entering Brazil you will be required to possess a valid passport (minimum six months validity from date of arrival). Citizens of Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay are exempted from this requirement if entering by land. As an American citizen you will be also required to obtain a Visa. In addition to the passport and obtaining a visa, other requirements will include a filled out copy of a visa application form provided by the Consulate, a recent passport-type photograph, a round trip ticket to Brazil or an itinerary print-out from a carrier or travel agent, attesting acquisition of the ticket, with flight or vessel identification and dates of departure to and from.
Citizens of other countries should check with their Brazilian Consulate for entry requirements. Typically citizens of other South American countries and Western Europe do not need one. Keep in mind there are different kinds of Visas, the most popular being the tourist and business. If you’re traveling for some other purpose, (example, educational, research or other) check with your Consulate prior to application. Keep in mind that it is unlawful to engage in business or professional activities in Brazil on a tourist visa.
Tourists visas are normally issued for a period of 90 days and are subject to consular fees, except that Brazil/U.S., Brazil/Mexico and Brazil/Canada governmental agreements allow U.S. and Canadian passport holders to be granted tourist visas for periods of up to five years. Stays, however are limited to a maximum of 90 days per entry, and to a yearly total of 180 days, including any 90-day extension obtained in Brazil. A previous Brazil/U.S. agreement exempts U.S. passport holders of consular fees for tourists visas. There are, notwithstanding, processing and handling fees.
Additional circumstances such as those below may also make it imperative that a consultation with the Consulate General be arranged prior to travel.
– An American citizen bearing a non-American passport.
– Persons under the age of 18 must be authorized to travel by both parents or by a legal guardian.
– Children born outside Brazil of Brazilian parent(s).
– Children born in Brazil of non-Brazilian parent(s).
– Brazilian citizens who acquired another nationality.
Once arriving in Brazil, tourists will be asked to present the customs form filled out by you during your flight. The “Accompanied Baggage Declaration” or DBA (Declaracao de Bagagem) must be made at the “Goods to Declare” desk if you possess any of the following:
– Animals, plants, seeds, foodstuffs and medication subject to health inspection, weapons and ammunition.
– Other goods when the visitor wants to get proof of their admittance into Brazil.
– Goods subject to the regime of temporary importation when their listing on the DBA is required (example, goods worth over U.S. $3,000).
– Goods not considered by Brazilian law as baggage (such as goods brought for commercial or industrial purposes).
– Valuables (cash, checks, travelers checks) worth over R$10,000 or equivalent in foreign currency. See our Currency Exchange Converter.
Usually vaccinations against Yellow Fever are not required when traveling to Brazil but there are some exceptions and some recommendations. For persons arriving from or having passed thru the following countries, within three months, a Yellow Fever International Immunization Certificate will be required. These certificates take 10 days to become effective and are valid for 10 years.
– Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina, Cameroon, Columbia, Congo, Ecuador, Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Venezuela and Zaire.
It is recommended however that all travelers anticipating the visitation to the following states in Brazil be vaccinated.
– Acre, Amazonas, Amapa, Distrito Federal, Goias, Maranho, Mato Grasso do Sul, Para, Rondonia and Tocantins.
Once returning to the U.S. visitors must be in compliance with U.S. Customs. Residents may bring home U.S.$400.00 worth of foreign goods duty free.
If after reading these pages you still need more detailed information please contact the Embassy or one of the Consulates below.
Brazil Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.
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Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
3006 Massachusetts Avenue N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: (202 745-2837
Fax: (202) 745-2827
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, states for Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
Brazilian Consulate General in Boston
The Statler Building
20 Park Plaza, Suite 810
Boston, MA. 02116
Phone: (617) 542-4000
Fax: (617) 542-4318
Jurisdiction: States of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Brazilian Consulate General in Chicago
401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3050
Chicago, IL. 60611
Phone: (312) 464-0244
Fax: (312) 464-0299
Jurisdiction: States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Brazilian Consulate General in Houston
1233 W. Loop South
Park Tower North, Suite 1150
Houston, TX. 77027
Phone: (713) 961-3063
Fax: (713) 961-3070
Jurisdiction: States of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Brazilian Consulate General in Miami
80 SW 8 th Street, 26 th Floor
Miami, FL. 33130-3004
Phone: (305) 285-6200
Fax: (305) 285-6240
Fax on demand for information and forms: (305) 285-6259
Jurisdiction: States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Brazilian Consulate General in New York
1185 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), 21 st Floor
New York, NY. 10036
Phone: (917) 777-7777
Fax: (212) 827-0225
Jurisdiction: States of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the Bermuda Islands.
Brazilian Consulate General in Los Angeles
8484 Wilshire Blvd., Suites 730-711
Beverly Hills, CA. 90211
Phone: (323) 651-2664
Fax: (323) 651-1274
Jurisdiction: States of Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and in California, the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.
Brazilian Consulate General in San Francisco
300 Montgomery Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA., 94104
Phone: (415) 981-8170
Fax: (415) 981-3628
Jurisdiction: States of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and in the state of California, the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.
Note: Laws governing travel requirements to Brazil are subject to modification. Always check with you travel-planning professional or your respective Brazilian Consulate.