Passports and Visas to Brazil and South America.
Information You Need to Know Before You Get on The Plane.
Before entering any foreign country you must check with your federal government to determine if just a passport is required or if you must also provide a Visa. To get a Visa a U.S. Citizen must follow a few important steps.
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Getting Your Visa
Any individual entering Brazil from the US regardless of age must have a tourist visa and a passport. A tourist visa is usually valid for up to five years. The Brazilian embassy or consulate is responsible for issuing the Visa and will require the following:
- You must have a passport that will not expire for at least 6 months past the first day in Brazil. The passport must have a valid signature and have two blank pages for Visas.
- A picture of your face must be provided. The photo must be 2” X 2”.
- You must be able to prove you can pay for your time in Brazil or provide copies of your ticket showing a roundtrip as well as the flight itinerary. Or, you can have your travel agent sign a letter that confirms all your bookings.
- A Visa application form must be completed up to field 27. It must be signed and given to the Consulate of Embassy. This must be the original form. You cannot fax the form, as original signatures are required.
Visas for US Youngsters
There are some special requirements to obtain a Visa if you are traveling with a toddler or a child under the age of 18.
- If you have a child who is less than 6 years of age a record of vaccination against polio must be provided. The certificate must include the type of vacation and how old the child was when the vaccination was received.
- For young people under 18 who are traveling alone or without their parents or a legal guardian a letter of consent to travel signed by the parents or guardian must be provided. The signature of the guardian or parent must be notarized.
There are several countries were Visas are not required to enter Brazil. The list includes all the countries in South America, as well as most of the European countries. There are several islands that are also not required to have Visas including:
-Trinidad and Tobago
Always check with your local Brazilian Embassy even if your country is on this list as the list is not static and can change at any time.
Getting Help With your Passport and Visa
Trying to plan a vacation and complete all the paperwork required can be quite stressful. To get you some help putting together your paperwork for your Passport and Visa visit ‘Visa Services’ on the Passport Visa Express website for assistance. If need be, this company can work to get you a Visa or a passport in 24 hours if you need to travel quickly.