Foreign citizens travelling to Brazil as tourists, participants in conferences, seminars, artistic or sports events (provided no payment is involved) must have a ‘Tourist Visa’.
When travelling to Brazil on tourism, citizens of the following countries are exempted from a visa:
Andorra (Exempted from tourist visa only), Argentina, Austria, Bahamas (Exempted from tourist visa only), Barbados (Exempted from tourist visa only), Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala (Exempted from tourist visa only), Guyana (Exempted from tourist visa only), Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Liechtenstein (Exempted from tourist visa only), Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia (Exempted from tourist visa only), Monaco, Morocco, Namibia (Exempted from tourist visa only), the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama (Exempted from tourist visa only), Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, Russia (effective June 7, 2010), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, the Sovereign Order of Malta (citizens of Malta must have a visa), Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, the Vatican and Venezuela (Exempted from tourist visa only). First entry into Brazil must be no later than 90 days after the visa is issued.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure the application is lodged accordingly.
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Note: The Consulate General does not provide express services.
Do not commit yourself to travel plans until you know when your visa will be issued.
Do not leave your application to the last minute: in times of heavy workload, the processing time may be extended.
Please note that these fees are charged on a reciprocity basis.
Application can be delivered in person or by courier. Check the Embassy´s address. Additional fee of AED 80 for any application not submitted in person by the applicant, regardless of nationality.
CASH ONLY. Please provide exact amount.
If offered employment after arriving in Brazil, can a tourist apply for a work permit without having to leave the country?
Most Brazilian visas are extendable, and if they are the extension may be obtained while in Brazil. Extensions are granted by the Brazilian Federal Police (DPF). The DPF has offices in the capital city of each state. Applications for extension must be made no more than one month and no less than two weeks before the visa expires. Please bear in mind that approval of a request for a visa extension is entirely at the discretion of the Brazilian Federal Police.
In informal situations, it is common to kiss women on both cheeks when meeting and taking one’s leave. Handshaking is customary between men, and normal European courtesies are observed. Frequent offers of coffee and tea are customary. Flowers are acceptable as a gift on arrival or following a visit for a meal. A souvenir from the visitor’s home country will be well-received as a gift of appreciation. Casual wear is normal, particularly during hot weather.
Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended for all travelers. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria are prevalent in Brazil. Insect repellent and protective clothing is essential. Malaria exists below 2,953ft (900m) in most rural areas, and outbreaks of dengue fever occur frequently. A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for those travelling to rural areas and other parts of the country as a yellow fever outbreak occurred at the beginning of 2008. Visitors travelling from infected areas outside the country require a yellow fever certificate. Tap water is heavily treated resulting in a strong chemical taste; bottled water is, however, freely available for drinking purposes. Typhoid vaccinations are recommended if travelers intend to spend a lot of time outside of major cities.
Food & Drink:
Brazilian food represents a variety of traditional recipes influenced by many cultures from its
The food is as miscellaneous as the country itself. The most popular `Brazilian’ meal can include Portuguese olive oil, native manioc, Japanese sushi, African okra, Italian pasta, German sausage and Lebanese tabbouleh. Still, the cuisine can be reduced to three delightful principles: generosity, freshness and simplicity.
Given the richness and variety of fresh ingredients, Brazilians generally eat their food neat. They feel no need for fancy sauces or rarefied cooking processes. Meat is coated in salt and set on the grill, while veggies are steamed and served straight up. Simply add a drizzle of olive oil and a bit of salt to taste. That said, there are complex regional dishes that are well worth their careful preparation.
Caipirinha is traditional Brazilian drink prepared with cachaça; it is very popular in Europe and the U.S. You could say it USED TO be Brazil’s best-kept secret, but it’s the connoisseur’s cocktail of choice from New York City to Miami, commanding hefty prices.