How to Obtain a Brazil Tourist Visa Quickly

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.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!)
  4. 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:

Application Requirements

  • 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.

Additional Requirements

The above requirements are essentials for all applicants, but there are additional ones for residents of certain states:

  1. A copy of your birth certificate is required for residents of the Miami consulate jurisdiction
  2. 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.
  3. A personal statement explaining the purpose your trip is required for residents of Miami and Chicago (for stays over 30 days).
  4. 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!

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Jessicapotter24 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

This was really useful! Detailed information regarding the process was so informative and I think those who are trying to get a visa to Brazil will benefit from this hub.

Cara lauzon 3 years ago

hi! i went to brasil and overstayed so i have to pay the fine. i am now going back to brasil by land from mexico do i have to pay that fine and get my visa from inside the us or is there some country i can get it from on the way or even at the border. i can't seem to find any info on paying this fine.

thanks maybe you have some info for me!

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travelvisapros 3 years ago from San Francisco Author

We are not familiar about the fines. however, you have to get a visa in your home country. If you are us citizen , it should be brazil consulate in the usa. We've heard that some people got visas just fine in Buenos Aires.

Alicia Dee 3 years ago

Thank you for all of the helpful information!! Much appreciated.

snorah 3 years ago

I hope you can help me with some info. I've been working overseas for three years, and my permanent residence is my brother's home in the States, so I don't have a driver's license or utility bills in my name. I only have my bank statements sent to my permanent home and rent and utility bills from my overseas address. What will the consulate accept as proof that I have a permanent U.S. residence? Thank you.

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travelvisapros 3 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hello, we will be able to help. Please mail all your materials to our New York office including your copy of bank statement (white out account # for security). Fee for 2 week turnaround is 180 consular + 119 service. If you want faster option, we have 8-10 day for $249 + consular, 3-4 day for $399 + consular. So, it will not be a problem and we will take care of you. I assume you have us passport.

Randy 2 years ago

The Washington Embassy's website now lists the processing fee for visas for USA citizens is US$160. Add in the $US20 proxy (absentee) fee and the total is $US180.

xmyg 2 years ago

Your fee for Brazilian visa is incorrect. It's 160.00 if in person, and 180.00 if going in 3rd party, or someone else submits your application on your behalf.

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

Hi, Yes, the fee used to be $140 plus $20 absentee fee. However, last year Brazil gov raised the fee to $160 in-person and $180 if through third party. It was due to reciprocity and higher fee established by US GOV for Brazilians getting USA visa. You can always check the most up to date pricing and processing times at our site: Processing times vary dramatically throughout the year

dayna 2 years ago

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

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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.

Reinaldo 2 years ago

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?

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

Yes, Miami takes about 30-40 days. I recommend you to drive/fly their and get it done.

Brett 2 years ago

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

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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

Alex 2 years ago

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

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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.

Yolanda Setiawan 2 years ago

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

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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 2 years ago

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.

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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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


Ahmed 2 years ago

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?


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travelvisapros 2 years ago from San Francisco Author

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: Best of Luck.

beth 23 months ago

i am a filipino citizen, and i want to stay in brazil with my ca i get my visa to let me stay in brazil for life...

Anna 23 months ago

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

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travelvisapros 23 months ago from San Francisco Author

We will be glad to assist, please contact our New York office at 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.

Dee 20 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 20 months ago from San Francisco Author

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.

Nick 18 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 18 months ago from San Francisco Author

Residents of NY must apply in NY. We have office in NY and can help you. Just follow steps on our site

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

Ben 18 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 18 months ago from San Francisco Author

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.

alchemista 17 months ago

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?

alchemista 17 months ago

I just left a message on your emergency number (415 area code) with my phone # - please call asap.

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travelvisapros 17 months ago from San Francisco Author

We could assist with Rush Brazil visa in 2 week time frame. Please send us an email to to get a quote.

Heidi 16 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 16 months ago from San Francisco Author

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

Brett 16 months ago

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

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travelvisapros 16 months ago from San Francisco Author

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 You will have to mail paperwork to our Chicago office.

mercedez 14 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

Unfortunately, you need to apply for a new Brazil Visa. Our BH office can help: (310)-878-2590, ask for Yousef

Antonio 14 months ago

What is the best way to reach you personally regarding general information and questions

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

Please feel free to email me at

gloria 14 months ago

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

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

We upload documents for our clients. So, it is done correct the first time.

Nathan 14 months ago

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?

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

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 for the quote

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

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

Kenneth green 14 months ago

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!

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travelvisapros 14 months ago from San Francisco Author

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

Tony 13 months ago

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.

Thomas 13 months ago

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?

Emily 13 months ago

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?

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travelvisapros 13 months ago from San Francisco Author

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

Erin 12 months ago


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?

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travelvisapros 12 months ago from San Francisco Author

We have prepared step-by-step guide to help people out. Please see the link (start on page 5) . 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 12 months ago

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!

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travelvisapros 12 months ago from San Francisco Author

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

Missy 12 months ago

Does the itinerary have to be from an airfare purchase? Would my AirBnB itinerary with the travel dates be sufficient? It's paid/confirmed.

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travelvisapros 12 months ago from San Francisco Author

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.

izzy 11 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 11 months ago from San Francisco Author

Yes, we could help in your emergency. Please email us at We have a visa solution for almost all situations.

Maille 11 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 11 months ago from San Francisco Author

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.

Matt 11 months ago

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?


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travelvisapros 11 months ago from San Francisco Author

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:

Shelby Garner 8 months ago

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?

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travelvisapros 8 months ago from San Francisco Author

We will be glad to help with your emergency, please send your inquiry to 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.

Marcos 8 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 8 months ago from San Francisco Author

We will be glad to help. You can see current processing times at We also have rush processing. I will email details.

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Krish Tewari 4 months ago

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.

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travelvisapros 4 months ago from San Francisco Author

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:

Rachel 2 months ago

Hi, Your information on consulate for NC is incorrect. NC residents apply to DC, not Atlanta.

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travelvisapros 2 months ago from San Francisco Author

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.

James DaSilva 5 weeks ago

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.

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travelvisapros 4 weeks ago from San Francisco Author

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 and we will further assist you.

Bhanger 4 weeks ago

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.

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travelvisapros 3 weeks ago from San Francisco Author

Thank you for the fresh input. It is very helpful

Stephanie 5 days ago

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?

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travelvisapros 4 days ago from San Francisco Author

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).

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