Depending on the nationality and the purpose of the trip, you may need ID, passport or visa to be able to travel to Brazil. For this reason, we explain the different cases, as well as the recommended vaccination to visit the country and other requirements.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
Depending on the nationality of the visitor and the reason for the trip, to enter Brazil the DNI, passport or a visa may be required.
ID and passport
These are the countries for which the DNI (National Identity Document) is a valid document when entering Brazil for a maximum period of 90 days, as long as it is as tourists:
- Venezuela (60 day permit)
These territories, which are the members of Mercosur (Southern Common Market), can request an extension of another 90 days in the Brazilian Federal Police, but it cannot exceed 180 days per year.
In the case of Argentina, it has undergone changes in its Identity Document. Therefore, it is no longer possible to use the old ID, the green one. However, its inhabitants can use both the celestial DNI and the card that comes with it.
There are other countries that, despite not needing a visa, are required to have a passport with a minimum validity of six months at the time of the trip:
- A: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia and Austria
- B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Belarus and Bulgaria
- C: Cyprus, Vatican City, South Korea, Costa Rica and Croatia
- D: Denmark and Dominica
- E: El Salvador, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Estonia
- F: Philippines, Finland and France
- G: Georgia, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala and Guyana
- H: Honduras, Hong Kong and Hungary
- I: Ireland, Iceland, Seychelles Islands, Israel and Italy
- J: Jamaica
- K: Kazakhstan
- L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg
- M: Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia and Montenegro
- N: Namibia, Norway y NZ
- P: Netherlands, Panama, Poland and Portugal
- R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Russia
- S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Suriname
- T: Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Turkey
- U: Ukraine
Travelers from these countries can stay in Brazil for 90 days, with the exception of Singapore and Kazakhstan, whose maximum is 30 days. In addition, these territories do not need a visa if the trip is for business, with the exception of the Bahamas, Barbados, Guatemala, Liechtenstein and Malaysia.
In addition to the passport, the citizen must present an air ticket of round trip, proof that you have sufficient financial means for your maintenance in Brazil (the minimum is 170 reais per day, which is equivalent to about 80 euros) and proof that you have accommodation, which can be:
- The reservation of a hotel already paid; or that the means to pay by credit card are guaranteed.
- An Letter of Invitation of a Brazilian individual to stay at his home. You must inform the term of stay and go with a notarized signature before a Brazilian notary and a proof of residence.
The rest of the countries, including Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Panama, yes they need a visa to go on vacation to Brazil.
The documentation required to obtain the tourist visa is the following:
- Visa application form
- Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months
- Certificate of vaccination against yellow fever, valid for at least 10 days at the time of travel
- Photocopy of round trip ticket. If this document is not possible, it is required to show the status of bank accounts and / or credit cards
- Recent passport-size photograph
- Proof of financial solvency. You must present the credit card and the bank statement of the day and the last three months
- Payment of the consular fee (whose price varies depending on the nationality of the traveler)
If you plan to travel to Brazil to work, the entry requirement is a temporary or permanent residence visa. For this you need an employment contract. The Brazilian company must deliver this contract signed by both parties to the Immigration Secretariat of the Ministry of Labor.
Once the secretariat grants the work permit, the company must send you the contract so that you can apply for the visa at one of the Brazilian consulates in your country of origin.
Also, if you want to go to Brazil like student, it is necessary to request another type of visa. This document is valid for one year, extendable for equal periods, provided there is good enrollment and good school performance. In addition to the necessary papers for the tourist visa, the following documents must be presented:
- Two passport-size photographs
- Medical certificate
- Criminal record
- Proof of registration
A under 18 years you are going to Brazil alone or with one of your parents, you will need to carry an official travel authorization that is accepted by both parents. If the child goes with both parents, it is not necessary.
In the case of Spain, you do not need any authorization, since the possession of the passport by the minor already implies approval. If the child or baby has dual nationality and there is a Brazilian nationality, it needs authorization from both parents.
On the other hand, entry to the country is allowed with pets. The requirements for cats and dogs are as follows:
- Rabies vaccination in the previous 90 days. If the animal is less than 90 days old, a letter must be prepared stating that it has not been in any area where rabies disease can be found.
- If you are from the European Union, you must carry out a serological test, as it will be requested when you return from the trip.
- International Veterinary Certificate (CVI) that reflects that the pet has all the sanitary guarantees necessary for the trip.
- The CVI should include current vaccines and veterinary treatments that the animal has undergone in the last three months.
- 15 days before the trip, effective broad-spectrum treatment against internal and external parasites.
- 10 days before, clinical examination carried out by a veterinarian in which it is proven that there is no evidence of parasitosis.
In the case of ferretsIn addition to these conditions, you must have a Zoosanitary Export Certificate, as well as an import permit previously provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
At present, the Brazilian Ministry of Health (known in other countries as MINSAL) does not require any vaccination from travelers who decide to visit the country. However, vaccination against yellow fever in people older than nine months.
This disease is not dangerous in some territories such as Fortalea, Arrecife, Rio de Janeiro or some areas of Sâo Paulo. However, for other tourist places, such as the Cataracts from Iguazú or the Amazon, it is advisable.
The vaccine must be given ten days before the trip to the risk region. However, if it is not the first time it is applied, it is not necessary to do it in advance. In some cities, airports and buses in Brazil they offer it for free.
If you are going to go to the Amazon, you should know that there is a risk of malaria or malaria. There is no vaccine for this disease, but there are prophylactic drugs. As the disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, it is recommended to wear light clothing and long sleeves, and to apply repellent.
Another disorder present in the country is dengue. It is also transmitted by a mosquito, which is small, long-legged and dark in color with white stripes. The risk increases in the summer months and the rainy seasons.
In 2016 there was a boom in the zika virus in the country, which is dangerous for pregnant women or those who plan to be pregnant in the short term, since it can cause microcephaly in babies.
Brazilians have also had to get vaccinated in the wake of the tourism boom. In 2014, the year of the Soccer World Cup, residents and tourists were advised to do so against measles and rubella, diseases present in some of the countries participating in the championship.
To avoid any disorder, it is best to drink bottled water or water that has been previously boiled, as well as not buying street food and avoiding dairy in rural areas.
If you need more information on this topic, we recommend reading the following article: Vaccines to travel to Brazil: diseases and health requirements.
As indicated by the AFIP (Federal Administration of Public Revenues of Argentina), drivers from a Mercosur country (Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, etc.) must have this documentation to travel to Brazil in car or motorhome:
- Identification document
- Document that qualifies the traveler as a tourist
- If the driver is not the owner of the car: «Cédula Azul» in the name of the driver or authorization to drive and leave the country of origin with the vehicle (in this case the «Cédula Verde» may be required). If the driver is the owner's spouse or a relative of up to the second degree, authorization is not required, but that family link must be proven
- Title or official document of ownership of the vehicle
- Proof of current insurance in Mercosur
- The car must be registered in the National Directorate of the National Registries of Automotive Property and Pledge Credits
For drivers who use cars with CNG fuel, it is important to know that this type of fuel is not available in all the states of the country, such as in Pará or Roraima.
People arriving in Brazil in plane or cruise ship, they should not present any special document, only those already indicated above and the ticket to be able to get on the means of transport.
Questions from users
Is it possible to travel to Brazil with little money?
If you book the flight well in advance, it will be cheaper than if you do it at the last minute. In addition, there are some platforms on the Internet that allow you to stay for free with some guests from the country, such as Couchsurfing o nightswapping.
In any case, even if you get the trip for little money, remember that you have to demonstrate financial solvency to enter the country. You must have at least 170 reais (€ 80) for each day of stay.
How much is the passport worth to go to Brazil?
The price of the passport does not depend on the destination, but on the country of origin. Therefore, in each State it is different. In the case of Spain, it has a cost of € 26. For Mexico it is 2.315 pesos (valid for 10 years) and for Guatemala, 30 dollars.
How do you get a passport to go to Brazil?
Depending on the country, the passport is issued in some offices of the Police or in the Ministry of Foreign Relations. You must request a prior appointment and bring all the necessary documents (National Identity Document, passport-size photograph and money or proof of payment of the fee).
How do I get reals to travel to Brazil?
There are different options. One of them is to exchange money at a bank in your country before traveling. You can also do it at the exchange houses in Brazil. Likewise, it is possible to pay by credit or debit card. Finally, you can withdraw reais directly at an ATM in the country.
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