Visa Service

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
 
1. Do I need a visa to go to Brazil?
2. Can I get my visa upon arriving in Brazil?
3. How and where to apply for a Brazilian visa?
4. Do I need to register with any Brazilian authority once I have entered Brazil?
5. How to extend my visa?
 
 
1. Do I need a visa to go to Brazil?
It depends basically on three factors: 
  • how long you will be staying in Brazil 
  • your nationality 
  • the purpose of your trip
 
Here’s a brief overview:
 
 
  • Short stay (up to 90 days): depending on your nationality, you may be required to obtain a visa to enter Brazil (visit visa - VIVIS)  or can travel visa-free. Find out if your country is exempted from the visit visa: http://bit.ly/visit_visa (> Do you need a visa?)
  • Long stay (more than 90 days): depending on the purpose of your trip, you must apply for one of the following temporary visas (VITEM):
 
VITEM Purpose Who should apply Regulations
I Research or teaching Visiting professors, researchers and postdocs Resolução normativa 20 de 20/12/2017
IV
 
Study Undergraduate and graduate students Portaria interministerial 7 de 13/03/2018
XIII Mercosur Residence Agreement

Mercosur citizens: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

Decreto 6975 de 07/10/2009
 
 
2. Can I get my visa upon arriving in Brazil?
No, the visa has to be issued before you travel. Please, if you do not benefit from visa waiver, do not even go to the airport if you do not have the proper paperwork. The airlines are not permitted to let you board a plane to Brazil if you do not have a visa. If they do, upon your arrival in Brazil the airline will be heavily fined and you will be deported.
 
 
3. How and where to apply for a Brazilian visa? 
Every Brazilian Consulate has its own workflow. For any questions regarding required documentation, fees and deadlines please contact directly the Brazilian Consulate where your visa application will be processed.
 
 
4. Do I need to register with any Brazilian authority once I have entered Brazil?
Temporary visa (VITEM) holders must register with the Federal Police within 90 days from first entry.
→ This handbook will help you understand all the steps you need to follow to get your Registro Nacional Migratório, RNM (previously known as RNE).
 
 
5. How to extend my visa?
 
If you are on a You must appply for a Instructions
VITEM I (research visa) temporary residence permit for research purposes Extending my VITEM I
VITEM IV (student visa) temporary residence permit for study purposes Extending my VITEM IV
VITEM XIII (Mercosur visa) change of residence status (temporary > undetermined period of time) Extending my VITEM XIII
VIVIS (visit visa) (1) VIVIS extension (up to 90 days) Extending my VIVIS
VIVIS (visit visa) (2) one of the above mentioned residence permits see above