Brazil's government recently announced a long awaited plan to begin issuing electronic visas for American citizens. The new Brazil e-Visa program will begin in January 2018. The Brazil e-visa program is expected to lead to a significant increase in tourists visiting Brazil. Citizens of Australia, Canada, and Japan will also be eligible to apply for an e-visa.
Brazil e-Visa Program Will Begin In January 2018
The current Brazil visa application process is slow and takes a lot of time and effort. For some people it includes having to submit bank statements as proof of income, letters explaining the purpose of your visit. And you could have to wait up to two weeks to receive your visa.
Applicants are often required to visit a Brazilian consulate for an interview and to submit documents. The Brazilian consulates are located in major cities like New York, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. People who do not live near these cities have to travel to the designated consulate just to complete the visa application process.
To apply for a Brazilian e-Visa you fill out a secure online application, provide information regarding your trip, and then submit payment with your credit card. Within 72 hours you will receive the approved Brazil e-visa. Then you need to print the Brazil e-visa and bring it and your passport on your trip to Brazil.
The Brazilian government is hoping that the Brazil e-visa program will lead to a large increase of tourists from the United States. Research shows that US citizens avoid places that require visas for them and instead travel to traditionally visa free destinations like the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe,... With the Brazil e-visa program the number of American tourists could increase dramatically.
Brazil is a beautiful country with over 4600 miles of beautiful beaches, tropical forests, and much more to see. We lived in Brazil for 7 1/2 years as missionaries, and we have been back several times for mission trips. The people are warm and friendly and very welcoming to all foreigners. The food is great and you will find a large variety (Brazilian, Italian, Arab, Japanese...). The "churrasco" (pronounced shuhasco), which is Brazilian steak and BBQ, is fantastic and a must to try. Brazil certainly has it's problems with corruption in the government, poverty, crime in certain areas in large cities... but it is a great place to visit.
Brazil Consulates In The US (regional consulate will have Visa info on their site)
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