Brazil Visa Waiver for Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
Government of Brazil has announced that US, Canada, Australia and Japan citizens do not need visas to travel to Brazil for TOURISM purposes between June 1, 2016 and September 15, 2016. Please enjoy the Olympics. Normally, Brazil visa for USA citizens is $160.
Reading Your Visa
How to Apply for a Brazil Visa
Each day, I get asked, "How do I get Brazil visa quickly?" Well, there is no easy answer. The Brazilian government follows a reciprocity policy in their foreign diplomacy. In other words, it means that they make the process of obtaining visas for US citizens as hard as it is for Brazilians to get US visas. But, what does it mean for an average US citizen who has decided to explore this amazing country in Southern hemisphere?
Here's the crucial four-step process:
- Where? There are 10 Brazilian consulates in the US. Each issues visas to citizens from certain states. For example, if you live in Florida, you have to apply with the consulate in Miami. If you are in Houston and want to apply there, you will not be able to, because the consulate in Houston does not have jurisdiction over residents for Miami. See the list of consulates below in this article.
- How long does it take? After you establish which consulate to use, you'll need to know how long the application process takes. Please don't make any ticket purchases until you figure out processing times. Over 80% of people applying make this mistake, only to end up panicking. So how long does it take? For some, it is easier than others and will vary by the consulate. For example, in Houston is happens as quickly as in the same day, whereas if you're in the San Francisco jurisdiction, it could take up to three weeks. If you are in a time crunch, a professional visa expediting agency could help you, as they may have special relationships with various consulates and can help override the barrier to help quicken the process.
- How do you submit the visa? After you have applied and received the documents, submitting it is the last step and it may be an arduous task. Most consulates require either personal delivery or via third party. You yourself can't just mail the documents and expect them to come back in the mail. Check with your local jurisdiction, as this requirement also varies. (For example, Atlanta allows you to mail paperwork directly to them, but Los Angeles or San Francisco do not!)
- Read the requirements carefully. Fourth, you need to read each visa requirement very closely. If you miss any, the process could be delayed. Here are all the requirements and what to pay attention to:
- Your US Passport. You must mail in your US passport. You can not mail a copy! Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond your return from Brazil. If it is not, you must renew it first. Also, many people have their passports for a few years, but fail to sign them! Make sure yours is signed. The Brazil consulate will not accept your documents otherwise. Also, if your passport is full of stamps, make sure you have at least two "visa" designated pages blank before applying for Brazil.
- One passport-style photo. Make sure you use a professional-looking and quality 2x2 photo. Do not attempt to take your own and use it for the visa, a low quality photo will only prolong the process.
- Online Brazil visa application: Each applicant must complete an online application. After it is completed, print the one page confirmation sheet, which will contain a 12-digit protocol number (e.g. 120202-000068). It will have two squares, one for the photo and one fora signature. Please glue or tape the photo over photo square. Don't staple it! Then, sign in the signature box — not outside of it, through it, or below it, but exactly inside of. Sign it correctly, as this is one of the most common mistakes people make.
- Copy of your driver's license. This is the main document that decides which consulate you have to apply with. If you do not have driver's license, a major utility bill (e.g. gas, power, garbage removal) can also be used to establish your residence address. Do not include your original license, as a copy is sufficient. After all, you want to keep it to be able to drive.
- Travel itinerary. This is the most misunderstood requirement. You do not have to purchase the ticket, but need just a travel reservation of your itinerary. If you use Orbitz to buy tickets, then yes, you have to purchase it to have an itinerary. However, if you use travel agent, they can make a reservation for you and hold it. So, a print out of that itinerary will work for your application. It should show entry to and from Brazil. If you fly to Argentina and then enter Brazil by fee near Iguassu Falls, you must write a statement explaining this. Basically, you need to show your trip schedule from your home to Brazil, and then back home.
- Consular fee payment: The Brazil consulate accepts only USPS money orders as form of payment! No exception will be made. US citizens pay $140 for for a Brazil visa if applied in person or $160 if they use their relative or a visa expediter. (The extra $20 is a so-called "absentee" fee.) The good thing about using a visa expediting professional is that they purchase the money order for you so you don't have to wait in lines at the postal office.
The above requirements are essentials for all applicants, but there are additional ones for residents of certain states:
- A copy of your birth certificate is required for residents of the Miami consulate jurisdiction
- A copy of your last three paychecks or bank statements is required for residents of Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles (over 30 day stays), Chicago (over 30 day stays) consulates.
- A personal statement explaining the purpose your trip is required for residents of Miami and Chicago (for stays over 30 days).
- A visa for a minor is the hardest to obtain. Parents are required to provide notarized consent to travel to Brazil for a child, even if they travel together. They need to provide a birth certificate, certain vaccinations, and so forth. This topic can be a separate article and I will be glad to cover it in the future.
This covers about 99% of all requirements, but each traveler might be asked for additional documentation. People born in Brazil cannot travel to Brazil with their US passport, and they must obtain Brazilian passport or officially renounce their Brazilian citizenship, for example.
So, you've gotten all requirements, let see where to mail and how long to expect the process to last:
Brazil Consular Jurisdictions
- Atlanta, Georgia: 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30326
Assists residents from states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee.
- Boston, Massachusetts: 20 Park Plaza, Suite 810, Boston, MA 02116
Assists residents from states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
- Chicago, Illinois: 401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60611. Assists residents from states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- Hartford, Connecticut: Constitution Plaza Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Assists residents from states of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
- Houston, Texas: 1233 West Loop South Park Tower North, Suite 1150 Houston, TX 77027. Assists residents from states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
- Los Angeles, California: 484 Wilshire Blvd., Suites 711/730, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Assists residents from states of Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and in California, the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.
- Miami, Florida: 80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2600, Miami, FL 33130-3004. Assists residents from states of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
- New York, New York: 1185 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), 21st Floor New York, NY 10036. Assists residents from statesof New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the Bermuda Islands.
- San Francisco, California: 300 Montgomery Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA, 94104. Assists residents from 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, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.
- Washington, DC: 1030 15th Street, N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20005. Assists residents from statesof District of Columbia, states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North American bases (excepting Guam).
If you decide to do it yourself, please find out which consulate accepts mailed-in applications and which required in-person appearance. If they allow mailing your application, you must send it by US Express Mail only and include a self-addressed prepaid return air bill. If you have to apply in person, you may require to make an appointment. Here again, third party visa specialists can be invaluable. For $49 to $249, you can get your visa expedited, inspected, and granted quickly. They also allow you to stay at your work and not take day-off.
Average Processing Times:
For your convenience, below are the average processing times for each consulate. These are approximations only and based on our experience. During peak times from Thanksgiving to New Years and from President's day to Brazil Carnival, they might be double or triple:
- Atlanta: about 10 working days
- Boston: about 10 working days
- Chicago: about 10-12 working days
- Hartford: about 5-15 working days
- Houston: about 5 working days
- Los Angeles: about 10-15 working days
- Miami: about 40 working days
- New York: about 10 working days
- San Francisco: about 5 working days (requires appointment which may not be available for weeks)
- Washington, DC: about 5-10 working days
One good thing about this visa is that it will last for 10 years. So, you have to go through this painful process only once every decade. Of course, consulates may grant visa for shorter validity, but it is not a common thing.
I hope you will find this useful when preparing for your trip to Brazil or South America in general. I welcome any questions or comments!
Video: Emergency Brazil Visa and Passport Processing
Questions & Answers
Question: I have a flight to Brazil booked in four days. I need to acquire a visa very quickly. If I visit the Miami consulate will I be able to acquire it that day?
Answer: It is technically possible, however, you likely need an appointment first which you may not be able to get in time. We can provide you with an eVisa by then. Please visit www.travelvisapro.com or call us at 1-833-TVP-VISA (887-8472).
Brazil Visa Questions and Comments
Kameron Michaels on May 05, 2019:
I have a flight on Tuesday at 11pm to Rio from Miami and haven’t got a visa yet. I was just informed I needed one and applied online today (Sunday) is there anything else I can do? This is travel for business.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on December 27, 2018:
Zahid, it’s hard to say how long it will be before your visa is approved as Brazilian e-visas are now being outsourced to VFS Global and Brazilian e-visa lead times have fluctuated significantly based on the quality of the application. If you’ve not heard anything from VFS Global assume everything is going as planned and give them a week to return an answer. At any time you can check the visa status at:
If there is a problem with your application VFS Global will send an email advising of what they need from you. Typically, is a passport photo that needs to be reshot or resized and uploaded via a link they provide. Expect several more days of processing after you’ve responded for the e-visa to be issued.
If your travel date is pending and you still haven’t heard from VFS Global they can be reached via their Contact Us page where you will find an email and phone number based on your nationality.
Good Luck and Safe Travels
Zahid hasan on December 25, 2018:
I already apply for tourist visa brazil my application now condition under review so when i get my visa
email@example.com on April 05, 2018:
I would like to know the cost for Brazilian Visa from Brazil Consulate in New York for American citizen for Adult and child?
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robert on January 26, 2018:
after approval of the brazil visa, does travel HAVE to occur within a certain amount of time? i read somewhere it was 90 days, or the visa would be cancelled.
Ann on January 05, 2018:
What does it mean that an appointment is needed for the San Francisco office? I’m from Oregon.
Bryson82 on January 01, 2018:
Avg turn time for this visa in Quebec?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on October 14, 2017:
Re: kelly Nash montone
Yes visa is good for 10 years for USA citizens. IF your passport expires but you have a valid visa in it, you just carry that expired passport with visa and a new passport without a visa. If you need help in renewing a passport, just let me know firstname.lastname@example.org.
kelly Nash montone on October 11, 2017:
I am planning my 4th trip to Brazil in 9 years.. I have had to apply, pay and get a new visa for each trip. I was under the impression my visa was good for 10 years, I didn't realize I left my old passport at home (which had the visa). I lost a lot of money on that one. However, I did realize each trip I was made get a new visa. SO this time I'm on the right track, applying once again.
Moses on May 02, 2017:
I'm curious to know why the (917) 777-7777 (New York Consulate number) doesn't work? Is there an updated number? I have a trip on May 18th, 2017. I feel like I wont receive my Visa in time. Should I just cancel my flight?
PS: I haven't gone to the (New York) embassy yet in the city to process anything. Any advice or information would be helpful. I assume I have all documents ready.
Kerri on May 01, 2017:
This information has been extremely helpful. I need to know if I could fly to another consulate and apply same day? Without an appointment? I have a group of students leaving May 7, and only was able to get 3 appointments. 3rd party takes 14 days and we will miss the departure date. Is there any way I might make this deadline.
Charibel on April 23, 2017:
what a useful and detailed information sir! Your information is only for those staying in USA or its environs. Sir, am a Nigerian living in Nigeria, this there any chance of you helping me out? I desires to join my husband in Brazil.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on March 23, 2017:
Karen, What city and state does your daughter live? She has US passport and born in USA? How long she plan to state in Brazil?
Karen on March 19, 2017:
My adult daughter will be returning from outside of the country on June 26th and would like to go to Brasil to stay with her boyfriend (local address) as soon as possible after that. If she gets everything in the mail to you by June 29th, how long would you expect it to take for her to get the visa and be ready to leave?
Léia on March 08, 2017:
My friend has a ticket purchased for March 24, he did not know that he needs a visa to enter Brazil! Will he be able to obtain the visa before this date? He lives in Virginia!
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on March 03, 2017:
Re: Mkm883@yahoo.com Brazil Visa in Chicago. We will be glad to help it takes 3 weeks to process Brazil Visa In Chicago. It costs $99 per person for our service and consulate fee is $160 per person. Please visit our website at travelvisapro (dot) com and select Brazil Visa, then your state of residence and follow the prompts. If you need help, please send me and email or post comment
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on March 03, 2017:
re: jesse turner : Please contact Brazil consulate in Lima and explain your situation. If you go there in person, I am sure you'd get your Brazil visa approved in few days. This is the safest and fastest option. Alternatively, you can mail passport to the usa, we can process Brazil visa in the usa. Yet, it will take much longer and you will have to stay in foreign country without your US passport.
Mkm883@yahoo.com on February 25, 2017:
Hi, I live in Chicago. Want to go to Brazil in 2 was need travel visa, can you help
jesse turner on February 20, 2017:
I am an American citizen stuck in Lima Peru trying to fly to Brasil with paid hotel and flight. And I was not aware I need a visa to enter brazil. Anyone has had the same issue? If so in how long did you obtain your visa ?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on February 19, 2017:
Re: My son was turned away from his flight yesterday(Saturday Feb. 18th) in San Francisco because he was unaware he needed a visa to enter brazil.
We can help to get visa by 25th, please ask your son to stop by our office on Monday. we do have emergency visa processing in 3-4 days. It is costly, but it is possible. Feel free to reach out to me email@example.com with more questions
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on February 19, 2017:
Re Narbit comment: Where did you ship your passport in Chicago? Was it our firm? OR consulate directly? You won't get your visa in time. If you shipped to the consulate directly, I recommend to call/email them and get in touch to someone. Be persistent. You have to beg for help. Otherwise, visa will arrive after your intended travel date. If you can re-route documents to us, we do have expediting process. But, we can help nly if your visa processing has not started with the consulate yet.
sanfran17 on February 19, 2017:
My son was turned away from his flight yesterday(Saturday Feb. 18th) in San Francisco because he was unaware he needed a visa to enter brazil. He was going for a 2 week vacation. Is there ANY way to expedite the process so he could go Saturday February 25th instead?
Narbit on February 18, 2017:
I have a trip to Rio leaving Thursday march 9 and I just sent my visa to Chicago and it will arrive today (Saturday) and there's Presidents' Day so they won't start work until Tuesday feb 21. Should I be worried? By mail it says 15 days not including weekends, which means I'd get my passport back halfway through my trip. Is it possible it will take shorter? Is there anything I can do??? My new passport was sent to the wrong address that's why it's so late
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on January 29, 2017:
If you have dual citizenship for example Canada and France, you can always enter Brazil with your French passport VISA FREE. It matters which passport you show at Brazil border patrol or at check-in flight to Brazil. If you show a passport of a country which has visa free entry with Brazil, you can just use it. There are over 50 countries whose citizen can enter Brazil without a visa.
Stephan on January 28, 2017:
I am travelling from montreal to rio, can i use my canadian passport to get to the usa and then my french passport to get to brazil as i didn't get a visa for my canadian passport?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on January 13, 2017:
Thank you for your inquiry! Please see their address: Boston, Massachusetts: 20 Park Plaza, Suite 810, Boston, MA 02116
Assists residents from states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.. I recommend emailing them in advance before going. They may need you to make appointment.
Alternatively, we at TravelVisaPro.com can help you get the visa from the comfort of your home. My staff could contact and help prepare all documents and you will jsut mail that to us. We will take it from there. our fees start from $79
Alex Zhitomirsky, firstname.lastname@example.org on January 12, 2017:
Looking for address and phone number of the Brazilian ambassy in Boston, Massachusetts.
Do I have to set an appointment in order to get travel visa to Brazil. Thank you.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on November 06, 2016:
Yes, we can assist you. We do have emergency visa processing and visa can be done as fast as same day. Please contact me at email@example.com. I will call you back/email.
PATTY on November 06, 2016:
I am traveling in 8 days, there will only be 5 bussiness day from today. Do you think I can get a visa on time if I go to the Miami consulate?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on October 20, 2016:
You can carry together old (expired) passport with a valid Brazil visa and new Passport without a visa. no need to transfer visa. Just make sure your visa is good for 10 years (till 2019).
Stephanie on October 19, 2016:
You mentioned at the end of your article that visas are valid for 10 years. If I visited Brazil in 2009 with a tourist visa, but I received a new passport since then, do I need to reapply for another tourist visa?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on September 27, 2016:
Thank you for the fresh input. It is very helpful
Bhanger on September 27, 2016:
Good info. Please note, for tourist visas in the Miami Consulate:
Birth certificates are only required for minors.
The Consent Form only needs to be notarized if the parents are not going to be present at the interview.
Finally, ticket and reservations are not mandatory.
Here is the link to the latest tourist visa requirements for the Miami Consulate.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on September 20, 2016:
Visa cost is the same in Miami or Chicago. If you reside in Chicago area, we can help. You can't apply for visa in Miami because airline tickets are cheaper. All consulates are jurisdictional and you need to apply within the consulate which over see your state of residence. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will further assist you.
James DaSilva on September 20, 2016:
Hello, i am wondering if its possible to buy my visa in Miami instead of buying it in Chicago where i live at the moment. The tickets are cheaper down to Brasil from there and wanted to save money if possible. I live far from the embassy, and i would have to wait ten days in Chicago to avoid making a second trip via train. Please help with information.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 10, 2016:
Yes, I apologize for oversight. NC has been moved up to DC embassy and fall under its Jurisdiction since later 2014. I will make changes right now. Thank you for catching the error.
Rachel on August 10, 2016:
Hi, Your information on consulate for NC is incorrect. NC residents apply to DC, not Atlanta.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on June 03, 2016:
They do not issue visas same-day. Therefore, you will have either come back or you can give us your pick-up receipt and authorization statement to pick up visa. We will go and collect and ship it back to you. Please reach out for the fees: email@example.com
Krish Tewari on June 02, 2016:
Hi I completed the Visa Application online and uploaded my photo, signature, and invitation letter and went online and made an appointment with the Brazil Consulate in Los Angeles for June 9th at 12 noon. On the consulate phone recording it says that it takes 5 business days to get the Visa after the appointment. Is it possible to actually get it on the same day as the appointment so I don't have to go back there b/c I live an hour away in Orange County.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on February 15, 2016:
We will be glad to help. You can see current processing times at www.travevisapro.com/visa/brazil. We also have rush processing. I will email details.
Marcos on February 14, 2016:
Hi, my friend she want came to brazil to visit me, she making plan to came around midle of march, Its possible get the visa in this time? she live in oregon. and how much to get this visa? pls answer in my email if possible.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on February 02, 2016:
We will be glad to help with your emergency, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Brazil Visa agent will provide you options on how to get visa in few weeks. Also, please email us your phone. W will call you. You still have time to take care of it on Los Angeles office, but we will need documents tomorrow Wed Feb 3.
Shelby Garner on February 02, 2016:
Hello, thankyou very much for your helpful insight. Im very nervous as i did not realize the extreme hassle it would be to obtain a Brazillian visa. I already have my trip to South America booked for February 27th flying into Peru and working our way to Brazil through Argentina and flying out of Rio April 5th. I live in LA and the next appointment isnt until March 3rd. It says to not call or walkin to make an appointment and i keep checking online for cancellations but no luck so far. Is there anyway you can help me?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on November 20, 2015:
Matt, Tourist or business it the same processing time. You will get either for 10years if you are us citizen. When do you travel and what city and state do you live? Please email us and we will find a way to get Brazil visa to you asap: email@example.com
Matt on November 20, 2015:
I have a valid tourist visa, but I am going in 10 days for pleasure and some business with my company in Brazil. Is it faster and possible to get a business version of visa in the next week since I already have a tourist version?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on November 16, 2015:
Today we have Nov 16, you will be ok to travel end of January , if you provide us your documents this/next week. Please check requirements on our website for associated fees and requirements.
Maille on November 16, 2015:
Hi, I'm planning on traveling to Brazil on march 3-9. however I need my passport for a Costa Rica trip at the end of Jan. If I were to apply for my Visa after visiting costa Rica, which will leave me a month to process it before I leave for brazil, will I be able to get my visa back in time to travel to Brazil. FYI, I'm a U.S citizen and I live in Orlando Fl.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on November 09, 2015:
Yes, we could help in your emergency. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a visa solution for almost all situations.
izzy on November 08, 2015:
I booked tickets for my wife and I for November 18th - 24th for our 15 year anniversary. I just found out yesterday that we need visas, made the mistake of just assuming I would get visa upon arrival.
Is there any way your company/staff could get us visas in such a short time period. We live in NY State - upstate.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on October 25, 2015:
AirBnB won't suffice. Consul needs confirmed travel itinerary showing entry/exit to Brazil. If you fly to South America (e.g. Argentina) and cross Brazil border by car , you need to show ticket to/from South America. Cruise line passengers will provide cruise itinerary.
Missy on October 24, 2015:
Does the itinerary have to be from an airfare purchase? Would my AirBnB itinerary with the travel dates be sufficient? It's paid/confirmed.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on October 23, 2015:
Yes, protocol number = application number. Please email me your protocol number and dob, state of residence and city. I will email you what to do, please email to email@example.com
Erin on October 22, 2015:
I did a of those steps but I didnt get what is displayed on page 9 of the guide. I got a pop-up box that had the application number and asked if I wanted to send files.
Is protocol number the same as the application number? I can give you that and my birthdate, what is the best way to do that?
Thank you so much!
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on October 22, 2015:
We have prepared step-by-step guide to help people out. Please see the link (start on page 5) http://www.travelvisapro.com/pdf_templates/brazilv... . Last page is end result. If you have protocol # and Date of birth, please email us and we will pull out application for you and email pdf file.
Erin on October 22, 2015:
I followed the link to the online application and filled it out. I never got an option to print my application or anything.
What do I do now?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on September 22, 2015:
Travel Visa Pro can assist you through our Atlanta office, jsut drop off documents there. Please include copy of your school ID or rental lease that you reside in Atlanta. If you need rest of documentation, just email me direct firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily on September 21, 2015:
I am planning on traveling to Brazil in December to visit my boyfriend. I have been trying to figure out how to get my touris visa early. I am a Florida resident, however, due to school, I am currently living in Atlanta and do not have a way to travel to Miami. Even though I am a Florida resident, and should technically get my visa from the Miami consulate, if I was able to go in person to the Atlanta consulate would they allow me to get a tourist visa there?
Thomas on September 10, 2015:
I am traveling to Brazil for school and our scheduled trip is Oct 5-9 (they only notified us today of trip), I have an appointment for September 22 in New York, am I totally screwed or is it possible for me to receive my visa before my trip?
Tony on September 03, 2015:
I have obtained, and completed all the required steps except the travel aspect, I see many here buy tickets before knowing of needing a visa, how does one go about obtaining a travel intenary, and what are the best air lines to use, i plan to go from december 20th-February 20th. Traveling from San Diego California.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 30, 2015:
Certainly, we will be glad to help and have it done in time. We will need from each of you: (1) Application, (2) Passport (make sure signed), (3) 2inch by 2inch photos, (4) Travel itinerary showing entry and exit to/from Brazil, (5) Copy of Driver' license, (6) Payment. It will take about 1.5-2 weeks to get it done. Even with Labor Day holidays, it will be done in time. Just get it to US asap. If you need more support, please email us at email@example.com
Kenneth green on August 29, 2015:
Hi I have just purchased tickets to Brazil for my wife and I'for our 10 wedding anniversary on September 22-27, and just found out that we need a visa. We live in Baltimore, Md and was told to go to Washington. DC to drop off our paperwork. I believe we have all of the the paperwork we need to apply and have uploaded the paperwork also. Was wonder if I get my wife to drop the paperwork off on Monday August 31 (no later than September 1) would we be able to get our visas back by out trip date? Thx in advance!
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 25, 2015:
Normally, you can go if you go in person. They take out of jurisdiction residents. However, you should get visa through San Francisco. Washington state belongs to SF jurisdiction. That consulate can do visa in about a week. If you need help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 24, 2015:
In order for you to go to the consulate, you have to have an appointment. After you get it, you will get your visa in 5-7 business days. IF you wish to use expediter as Travel Visa Pro, we can get visa in 5 business days from the day we got your papers. Please email to email@example.com for the quote
Nathan on August 24, 2015:
It says on the San Francisco consulate website that you can get a visa within 5 business days. I am a Washington state resident, and some sites say it takes 3 months to get. If I make my way to the San Fran consulate with an appointment in person, am I able to get it by 5 days?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 20, 2015:
We upload documents for our clients. So, it is done correct the first time.
gloria on August 20, 2015:
I see on the Brazil Miami Consulate web site, starting on August 24, 2015, all documents will need to be uploaded and originals handed in. I have to use a processing / third party as it's not feasible to travel to Miami (Miami doesn't accept mail ins). Should I or the processing center perform the uploads? I'm wondering which method would be better? thanks
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 06, 2015:
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonio on August 06, 2015:
What is the best way to reach you personally regarding general information and questions
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 04, 2015:
Unfortunately, you need to apply for a new Brazil Visa. Our BH office can help: (310)-878-2590, email@example.com ask for Yousef
mercedez on August 04, 2015:
Hello, I lost my US passport that also had my visa for Brazil. I've replaced my passport. Do I need to apply for a new visa for Brazil? I am located in Los Angeles. Thank you.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on June 18, 2015:
We will be glad to help, the process takes 3 weeks: $160 consular fee, $69 our fee and $25 return shipping. We will need 6 items: passport, photo, application, copy of Driver's license, travel itinerary, and payment. You can see detailed requirements at www.travelvisapro.com/visa/brazil. You will have to mail paperwork to our Chicago office.
Brett on June 18, 2015:
Hi I'm traveling to Brazil in September and I'm waiting on my passport to arrive after it does where do I go from there to get a visa to Brazil and how long does it take I live in missouri/can I do it online
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on June 15, 2015:
What a sad situation. Unfortunately, we cannot assist. It takes 3.5 weeks for us to get a visa in New York. I recommend you to seek support at Brazil consulate in New York and plead their mercy. Best of luck
Heidi on June 14, 2015:
I need a visa asap! My underage daughter was at the NY airport to go to Brazil but they told her as she was going to board that she needed a visa. She is going with friends of family, who are European and they didn't need a visa. We live in PA and he is bringing her back home and the rest of the family left. He put her on stand by, so please, please help ! ! ! She is crying her eyes out.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on May 17, 2015:
We could assist with Rush Brazil visa in 2 week time frame. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a quote.
alchemista on May 16, 2015:
I just left a message on your emergency number (415 area code) with my phone # - please call asap.
alchemista on May 16, 2015:
I need to apply to Miami and receive my visa by June 4th for a June 5th flight. The Miami website says up to 15 business days for a friend/family, and I can have a family member get there as soon as I get them the docs. However, I'm pushing the up to 15 days, and if it goes longer I'm screwed.
Are you able to guarantee a visa getting returned by June 4th?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on April 27, 2015:
It takes 2 weeks. So you are right on the border line. You will know on Monday to see if they will do it for you a day earlier. Good luck.
Ben on April 26, 2015:
I am US citizen traveling on business to Rio de Janeiro. was lucky to get an appointment in the New York brazilian consulate for May 4. How long after the interview should I expected the visa to be granted? (assuming I bring all the correct documents). My travel date (business purposes) is May 17.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on April 14, 2015:
Residents of NY must apply in NY. We have office in NY and can help you. Just follow steps on our site www.travelvisapro.com
You do not need ANY invitation neither notarized or regular. You just need to put your friends address on the application.
Visa takes 4-5 weeks , I recommend to get started on it ASAP.
Also, you need to show itinerary/ticket with you entry/exit from Brazil (trip total less than 90 days). You will not be able to apply for visa without an airline itinerary.
This information is for us citiens. If any questions, please email me personally at email@example.com
Nick on April 14, 2015:
I am hoping to travel to Brazil and stay with a friend for two weeks in July. I have everything but my Visa. The post office is on strike in his state and I am waiting on his notarized letter of invitation since I am staying with him and his family and not paying to stay in a hotel. Also, I had been told that residents of NC had to go to go to DC for their Visas. I am running out of time for my visa and I know I need this letter but it hasn't arrived yet. I haven't bought my tickets yet but I have no other way of showing an itinerary but I don't want to spend a fortune on tickets and then be denied. I'm very stressed and worry that I'm doing all of this for nothing and just going to be denied. Any help or guidance would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on February 28, 2015:
If you husband can provide Utility bill that he lives in San Francisco, we can get all 3 in San Francisco. IF all utility bills on your name, you can provide utility bill plus marriage certificate copy and we can apply in San Francisco. It is just a matter where you really live. If any questions, please email or call us at 866 378 1722. I recommend to get started in March. so, you do not stress out over the visa closer to your trip.
Dee on February 27, 2015:
Our family is traveling to Brazil in May. Can we use one consulate in applying for all three visas? Or, do my husband and I apply at separate consulates based on our driver's license (for me San Francisco, for him Chicago)? Thanks for your help.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on December 01, 2014:
We will be glad to assist, please contact our New York office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have emergency processing and visa can be done in just 5-8 days. Consular fee is $160 plus our emergencry fee processing. Michelle will advise.
Anna on November 30, 2014:
I am traveling to Brazil in exactly 3 weeks from tomorrow. I was aware that I needed a visa but was told it would only take about 5 business days to get one, now it's saying up to 5 weeks. My plane ticket has already been purchased because you need an Intinerary in order to get the visa. I live in New York, is there any way I can get my visa so I will be able to leave the 22nd of december? Willing to pay whatever I need to in order to get this visa
beth on November 25, 2014:
i am a filipino citizen, and i want to stay in brazil with my boyfriend..how ca i get my visa to let me stay in brazil for life...
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on September 23, 2014:
Unfortunately, we help people with Brazil visas who live in the USA or UK. We do not have experience with Brazil visa process in Colombia. I recommend to contact Brazil consulate in Bogota: http://bogota.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/. Best of Luck.
Ahmed on September 23, 2014:
Thank you so much for such detailed information. I am a US citizen and currently traveling in Colombia. Do you happen to know how long it would take to get the Brazilian visa from the consulate in Colombia?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 13, 2014:
Please mail us all your documents: (1) Passport, (2) application, (3) Payment $20 consular and $79 our service, (4) copy of Driver's license, (5) copy of ticket, (6) copy of green card, (7) photo. Mail all to our LA office ASAP! Visa takes 2.5-3 weeks to process : 373 S Doheny Drive, Ste B
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Yolanda on August 13, 2014:
I live in San Diego, California. I am Indonesian (Indonesian Passport) but I just recently became a permanent resident of United States of America. Would I need to make an appointment in advance for the Brazil consulate in Los Angeles? I am planning to visit South America on September 12.
Thank you so much for all your help.
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on August 12, 2014:
Yolanda, please let us know which city and state do you live? What is your nationality? Process is pretty much the same, you just need to include copy of your green card both sides and some require 3 months' worth of bank statements proving that oyu have funds to support yourself while in Brazil. Processing time varies based on your state of residency. Please email us if you have any further questions
Yolanda Setiawan on August 12, 2014:
Hi, I was wondering how the process of obtaining Brazil visa for non-us citizens (permanent residents with a green card) would differ from US citizens? Thank you
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on June 16, 2014:
I recommend you going to Brazil consulate in Miami and beg them to be merciful to your situation and issue the visa. This is the only feasible and quick option. It takes weeks for 3rd parties to get visas at this particular month due to world cup.
Alex on June 14, 2014:
I was unaware about needing a visa to
Now i am stuck with world cup tour and tickets to the games in miami.
I m planning on goimg there monday with all the require paper .
With the world cup goimg on can i get it
The same day
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on June 03, 2014:
You can try. However, Atlanta consulate requires each person to have an appointment. I do not think you will get a visa done that same-day or next-day without a prior appoitnemtns. They are booked for 2 weeks out.
If you need urgent visa Travel Visa pro can still help. It will just cost extra
Brett on June 02, 2014:
If I drive to the Conulsate General of Brazil in Atlanta with all my information, will I be able to obtain a visa same day? I have read that some have done this in the past, but I wanted to make sure it was still possible now prior to World Cup and all. The Consulate has yet to respond to email so hoping that somebody can help me out
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on December 27, 2013:
Yes, Miami takes about 30-40 days. I recommend you to drive/fly their and get it done.
Reinaldo on December 27, 2013:
I'm just looking for assurance at this point. I mailed in my visa to my Miami consulate (no 3rd party) and they received it Dec. 17th but according to the website they have not even began processing it yet. I'm booked to leave Jan 12th. Should I really be worried?
Kestutis Gregeris (author) from Houston, TX on December 27, 2013:
I apologize but to get visa by Dec 31st is impossible it takes at least 1 week if there are no holidays. You can call us and speak with Terena at 866 378 1722 , but I doubt we can do it by then as we just had christmas holiday delays.
dayna on December 26, 2013:
hello, I need immediate help today I found out I need a Brazilian visa because airline never answered if I need it. My trip is on Tuesday Dec 31 at 5am, is there a way that I could expedite the process immediately to receive by Monday 30th