Preparing Your Escape to Brazil

Planning a trip to Brazil

Planning a trip to Brazil? Don’t forget to get your visa!

After almost a year of talking about it, I’m finally going to be about it!  I’ve been slowly working my way through South America and excited to making my first stop in Brazil in Rio for New Years!  With all of the excitement and preparation for World Cup 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 combined with the craziness of Reveillion, this promises to be an EPIC adventure!

Unlike Argentina and Colombia, Brazil requires travel visas for US Citizens (and I don’t blame them).  But, for non planners, like myself, that added another unwanted, but necessary, step to making Rio a reality.

For Atlantans planning a trip to Brazil, follow these easy steps to painlessly secure your visa in person (with same day pick up) at the Brazilian Consulate General in Atlanta. For instructions for applying by mail, which costs $20 more, or applying in person in a different city, consult your closest Brazilian Consular Office.

Securing a Brazilian Travel Visa

1.) Get a passport — If you don’t already have one, secure a passport now!  If you already have one, ensure you have at least one page left and 6 more months left before it expiries.

2.) Book Your Flight – The visa process requires a travel itinerary.  There are direct flights on Delta from Atlanta to Rio and Sao Paulo, but check around for the best deals, especially if you are open to layovers.  Want to book with points, work with The Points Guy to get the best deal.

3.) Complete the Visa Request Form – This a simple on-line form to kick the process off.  Once completed, print, sign and attach a passport sized photo ($13 at the post office or Kinkos).

4.) Schedule an appointment – Trying to schedule an appointment in December around work travel wasn’t too bad.  Appointments were booked about a week or so out, so give yourself enough time.  You will need the number from the visa request form number.

5.) Supplemental Items — In addition to the items above, have the following with you just in case.  They may or may not ask for it, but better safe than sorry.

  • Proof of Financial Means
  • Accommodation Information
  • Driver’s License or ID

Let me know if you have any questions and check back for a recap of my trip.  Happy travels!

Responses

  • Renee says...

    Great, common sense steps to preparing for an international trip period. Sometimes, people are intimidated by things like this. You’ve made something very complex, very easy, April.

    • April Thompson says...

      Thanks! It amazing me how convoluted the visa/passport sites can be. It’s almost like they don’t want people to go.

  • Jeremy says...

    I’m highly looking forward to going to Brazil! Definitely on my list. It just seems like there is so much to do, even if I only stay in Rio and Sao Paolo.

    • April Thompson says...

      Yeah, that’s exactly why the trip kept getting pushed back. I took forever for me to stop being lazy and get it all done. Seems like a lot, but the US requires it from Brazilians, so I understand.

    • Keyon says...

      I went to tons of links brfeoe this, what was I thinking?

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  • April Thompson says...

    Thanks Kristina! I just had a friend mention a possible work trip to Russia that she’d like me to join if my schedule allows. We will definitely need to get on top of that visa process soon!

  • Great tips April! Getting my Brazilian Visa was one of the most time-consuming visa applications I have ever done (Russia takes the top spot!).

    Have a wonderful time there! You will love it!

  • April Thompson says...

    Thanks! I’m sure you had a blast. I’m looking forward to making return trips to several places in Brazil. Outside of Carnival NYE should be one of the next best times, thought I don’t really think there is a bad time to go!

  • Cecily says...

    Brazil was great! We went to Salvador, Bahia for Carnival and it was amazing. The whole visa thing was very annoying. We had to hav ours rushed because we had no idea that we needed one! Have fun in Rio!

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