Photo: Dariusz Sankowski
Visa policy travel to Brazil

Photo: Dariusz Sankowski

Brazil has a visa policy that’s based on a principle of reciprocity: if we Brazilians need a visa to enter your country, then you’ll also need one to visit us.

If you do require a visa to enter Brazil, you’ll need to apply for one in your country of origin. Our authorities do not issue visas in airports, ports of entry, or any other part of the Brazilian border. If you don’t have all of the necessary documents, the Federal Police will block your entry.

Take a look at the map below to see how your country fares.

Though the map shows the general visa policy for each country, there are a few specificities. Spanish nationals, for instance, must prove that they have enough money to spend at least 170 BRL per day; proof of accommodation (paid or guaranteed by credit card); or a notary-certified invitation letter from a resident. Spanish tourists must also provide documents proving when, and how, they will leave Brazil’s territory.

South American citizens, though, can enter Brazil with only their ID – no passport required.

Economic gain v. Diplomatic dignity

The question of Brazilian tourist visas is highly debated within the federal government. While the Ministry of Tourism sees loosening visa regulations as a convenient way to boost the economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stands by the reciprocity principle.

The Ministry of Tourism wants to relieve citizens of the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia of their travel visa requirements. Currently, Brazilians need tourist visas to travel to all four of these countries. This idea obviously received praise from the countries mentioned. However, none of them discussed eliminating the visa requirements for their Brazilian visitors.

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Guide to BrazilOct 15, 2017

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