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!