The Brazilian visa process has undergone many changes in recent years. Previously, almost all travellers needed a visa to enter the country, but the Brazillian government recently waived the visa requirements for many foreigners. Expats should contact their local Brazilian embassy to make sure which visa rules apply to them.
Expats hoping to make a more permanent move to Brazil should prepare themselves for a long and drawn out visa application process. It is advisable to make use of the services of an immigration lawyer to make the process less stressful.
Tourist and business visas for Brazil
Expats from certain countries don’t need a tourist visa or a business visa to enter Brazil. These countries include the US, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland. That said, the list of exempted countries may change without prior notice. It is therefore important to check with a Brazilian embassy when planning a holiday or business trip. Visa-free travellers and those with visit visas are allowed to stay in Brazil for up to 90 days. Visas may be extended by another 90 days.
Permanent visas for Brazil
Foreigners wishing to live in Brazil long term can apply for a permanent visa. There are several types of permanent visas including those for investment, family reunification and retirement.
The requirements for a permanent visa for Brazil are quite stringent. Expats wishing to apply for this visa should prepare themselves for a long wait filled with bureaucratic processes and much paperwork.
*Visa and work permit requirements are subject to change at short notice and expats are advised to contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.