Brazil Reinstatement of Visa Requirements for U.S., Canadian & Australian Citizens/Crew

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Update: The Brazilian government has extended the visa exemption for tourists from the United States, Canada, and Australia. Visas will only be required again starting April 10, 2025. NOTE: The date for requiring Crew to have visas has not been changed as of this writing and remains July 10, 2024.

In a notable policy shift, Brazil is set to reinstate visa requirements for U.S., Canadian, and Australian citizens, including crew members, with different effective dates starting in 2024.

This marks a significant change from the 2019 decision under former President Jair Bolsonaro, which had removed the need for tourist visas for these nationals without insisting on reciprocal arrangements for Brazilian tourists.


Current Visa Exemption Period

Until April 10, 2025, U.S. citizens, along with their Canadian and Australian counterparts, can visit Brazil for up to 180 days per year without a visa, with an option to extend their stay by another 90 days. This visa exemption also extends to airplane crew members, facilitating their travel without the need for visas.


New Visa Requirements

  • For Tourists: Starting April 10, 2025, U.S. tourists will require a visa to enter Brazil.
  • For Crew Members: From July 10, 2024, U.S. airline or ship crew members will also need a visa to enter Brazil.
  • After these respective dates, both U.S. tourists and crew must have a Brazilian visa when they arrive in Brazil.

New Visa Application Process

Post April 10, 2025, for tourists, and July 10, 2024, for crew members, travelers from the U.S., Canada, and Australia will be required to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Brazil. The application process is fully digital, necessitating travelers to apply online at least 15 days before their intended arrival, accounting for the approximately five-day processing period. It’s advisable to carry two printed copies of the electronic visa during travel.

Currently, the visa fee is $80.90 with a 10-year validity. For questions about the e-visa application procedures, visit the Brazilian government-authorized website, https://brazil.vfsevisa.com/.


General Travel Documentation

A valid passport is a must for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil. Individuals from other nations should check with their travel advisors for specific travel requirements to Brazil.


Conclusion

The Brazilian Government’s decision to reinstate visa requirements for U.S., Canadian, and Australian citizens, effective April 10, 2025, for tourists and July 10, 2024, for crew members, represents a significant shift from the 2019 policy that allowed visa-free travel for these nationals. After these dates, the visa application process becomes entirely digital, requiring travelers to apply in advance at Brazil’s e-visa application site and carry printed copies of their e-visa. This policy change underscores Brazil’s commitment to reciprocal international relations and reflects the evolving landscape of global travel regulations.


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