Brazil Entry Requirements

By | October 19, 2021

is a general requirement for traveling to Brazil. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry. An identity card is not sufficient to enter Brazil.

Visa :
For tourist and certain business trips (e.g. participation in conferences or competitions, researching business opportunities) with a maximum stay of 3 months during a 6-month period in Brazil, citizens of EU countries and Switzerland do not need a visa.

For non-tourist trips, it is advisable to ask the responsible Brazilian diplomatic mission abroad whether a visa is required for the planned activity in Brazil. For example, a visa is required for paid activities, social work, missionary work or research.

If you plan to stay in Brazil for more than 90 days, you must apply for a visa at the Brazilian consulate responsible for your trip.

Entry cards and stamps are issued at the airport. The immigration card should be kept separate from the passport so that legal entry can be proven even if the passport is lost.

Travelers who would normally require a visa do not need a transit visa if they do not leave the transit area, do not stay overnight, continue their flight on the next flight and can present valid onward or return travel documents. However, travelers who require a visa are advised to apply for a transit visa, even if the specified conditions apply to a transit, in order to avoid possible problems.

The exemption from the transit visa does not apply to transit between Rio de Janeiro Galeao Airport and Santos Dumont Airport, between Sao Paulo Vircopos Airport, Congonhas Airport and Guarulhas Airport and at Confis Airport in Belo Horizonte.

Validity :
tourist and business visa: up to 90 days. The Brazilian Federal Police can extend the visa once for 90 days. You can stay in Brazil for up to 90 days within 6 months. All Brazilian visas allow multiple entries during the validity period. Tourists are not allowed to work in Brazil, a country located in South America according to SOFTWARELEVERAGE.

Application : In
person or by post at the responsible consular mission (see Brazil – important addresses).
Before submitting the documents, an online application must be made on the website


Tourist visa : 2 current passport photos according to biometric guidelines – Passport that is still valid for at least 6 months – 2 original application forms, filled out in English with a typewriter – Proof of sufficient funds – Proof of booked and paid outward and returnjourneys – Proof of employment from the employer

Business visa (only for contract negotiation or meeting trips, a work visa must be applied for for all other purposes): in addition to the documents for a tourist visa, a company letter from the German company stating the purpose and duration of the trip with a confirmation of cost coverage and the address of the business partner – an invitation from Business partner from Brazil.

Work visa: 2 current passport photos according to biometric guidelines – passport that is still valid for at least 6 months – 2 original application forms, filled in in English with a typewriter – official work permit from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor – police clearance certificate (original)

The postal application should be accompanied by a franked and addressed return envelope, proof of payment and a registered mail envelope.

Processing time :

about a week

Visa issuing costs:

Tourist visa: around 23.00 euros, business visa: around 75.00 euros, work visa: around 150.00 euros

Visa fees can be paid either by check or cash.

Entry with children :
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. This means that the travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.

Germany: a separate children’s passport is accepted.

Austria: children need their own passport.

Switzerland: Children need their own passport.

Minors with Brazilian citizenship who are not accompanied by both parents or legal guardians require a declaration of consent in Brazil from the legal guardian (s) who are not traveling with them. This is especially true when leaving Brazil, when entering the country it is not always required. This declaration of consent must either be certified by a Brazilian consular officer at a Brazilian diplomatic mission or a Brazilian notary’s office (Cartório).

According to the Brazilian embassy in Berlin, this rule does not apply to non-Brazilian minors. In order to be able to show the possibly necessary declaration of consent in Brazil, it is recommended to inform yourself in good time before the child’s entry into Brazil at the responsible Brazilian diplomatic mission.

Adequate funds:
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip.


Information on recommended vaccinations, health risks and hygiene in Brazil can be found in the chapter Brazil – Health and Diseases.

Entry with pets :
When importing into Brazil, dogs and cats require an international health certificate from the country of origin, which proves that the animal is disease-free. Animals older than 3 months require proof of rabies vaccination (either with their own certificate or in the health certificate). With the exception of Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, imports must be approved by the Brazilian consulate in the country of origin. There is no quarantine period.

Live birds are not allowed to enter Brazil.

Flight baggage :

must be picked up from the luggage belt at the airport of entry in Brazil for customs clearance (with the customs declaration to be completed by each traveler) and then returned to the connecting airline for the onward flight. There is no transit, even if this is often claimed when checking in baggage in Germany.

Brazil Entry Requirements