"Getting a Brazilian visa" Rio de Janeiro Favorite Tip by Dabs
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Favorite thing: If you are a US citizen, you currently need a visa to get into Brazil. The best resource for information is the Brazilian Embassy webpage that refers to the local consulate offices.
Since I live near Chicago, I took my application in person to the Brazilian Consulate on Michigan Avenue. Each Consulate office may have different requirements so check out their individual websites. Chicago's office only had an email listed, so I emailed them asking what the requirements were and they emailed me back within a very short period of time.
Do be sure to read the instructions carefully, 2 of the 3 people in front of me brought personal checks instead of cash or US Postal Service money order and the 3rd person, who was from a visa service, handed him a pile of applications that were clearly not for tourism and would likely be denied.
It currently costs $100 to get a Brazilian visa, you will also need a passport sized photo, a completed application, an itinerary or something showing that your visit is tourism and your passport needs to have 2 blank pages. If your passport is close to being full, you can get pages added to it for no fee.
Seems they change the length of their visas (perhaps in response to the length of the US visas we give their residents), ours are only good for one year from date of first entry, first entry within 90 days of receiving your visa
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