Brazil to Impose Visas on Citizens of US, Australia & Canada as of April 10, 2024

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Starting on Wednesday, April 10, citizens holding regular passports from Australia, Canada, and the United States will be required to obtain a visa before traveling to Brazil, regardless of whether they arrive by sea, air, or land.

Originally scheduled to begin on January 10, this visa requirement was postponed to April. The decision to delay was attributed to the need for additional time to ensure the proper setup of the system and to prevent disruptions to Brazilian tourism during the peak travel season at the start of the year, VisaGuide.World reports.

eVisa Valid for 90 Days – for Work or Extended Stays VITEM V Visa Is Needed

As of the aforementioned date, travelers to Brazil can now stay up to 90 days within 12 months, starting from the date of their initial entry. Extensions for an additional 90 days are also possible. For visa-related questions or assistance, travelers are advised to contact the Brazilian Federal Police or a visa agency.

For longer stays or work purposes, individuals will need to obtain a different visa, for example the VITEM V temporary work visa. At the same time, Brazil also offers two other types of visas such as:

  • Brazilian Business
  • Citizenship Visa Waiver

These regulations apply to visitors staying in Brazil for up to 90 days, with the option to extend their stay for an additional 90 days, provided they do not exceed 180 days within 12 months.

According to Department for Immigration and Legal Cooperation, travelers to Brazil have several visa options. Short-term visitors enjoy a 14-day exemption, extendable to 90 days annually. A 10-year visa allows 90-day stays per visit, not exceeding 180 days yearly. Officials enjoy visa exemptions, while dependent children under 16 are visa-free. Those over 16 can get a 2-year visa too.

In November 2023, the government of Brazil said that the eVisa for Brazil allows for stays of up to 90 days per visit. It is also valid for multiple entries and has an extended validity period of up to five years. Meanwhile, in January of this year, the same authority announced that after obtaining the electronic visa, US citizens can enjoy a validity period of ten years, while the Canadian and Australian for five years.

$80.90 e-Visa Required for Travel to Brazil from Australia, Canada & US

As reported by VusaGuide.World, travelers intending to visit Brazil from the countries mentioned above must apply for an electronic visa, or e-Visa, which can be completed online. The cost of the e-visa is $80.90.

The implementation of this visa requirement overturns a decision made by the previous government of President Jair Bolsonaro in March 2019, which had exempted tourists from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan from needing visas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, however, emphasizes the principle of fairness, hence the reinstatement of visa requirements for these countries.

Conversely, Japan was removed from the list in May 2023 following an agreement between Brazil and Japan to waive visa requirements for each other’s citizens. This agreement, effective since September of the same year, allows for visa-free trips of up to 90 days.

Moreover, to inform travelers from the affected countries about the new visa requirement, Brazil’s International Tourism Promotion Agency (Embratur) has initiated a campaign in collaboration with tour operators and airlines.

The application process is entirely conducted online, eliminating the need for in-person visits to a Brazilian consulate. Required documents can be uploaded digitally, and once approved, the visa will be delivered via email. Travelers must print the visa and present it along with a valid passport upon entry into Brazil.

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