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Missed by No One, Brazil’s Visa for U.S. Citizens Is Returning

This post has been updated with new information.

Just a few years after visiting Brazil got easier for Americans, traveling to the South American nation will get harder again. 

On April 10, 2025, Brazil's government will return to requiring visas for tourists from the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy. Citizens of Canada and Australia will need the visa as well. 

The visa will cost $80.90 per person and can be acquired online

The electronic document will remain valid for 10 years. During the validity period, visa holders are entitled to multiple entries in Brazil. In other words, Americans won't have to keep reapplying if they want to visit Brazil more than once a decade. 

To apply for a visa, go to the official website and enter the required information.

Per the Brazilian government, that will include passport details, flight and hotel confirmation, a "letter of intent" detailing the purpose of the trip, and proof of income in the form of your last three bank statements or last six pay slips, showing that you have an average of at least $2,000 in your account. Otherwise, you'll need a sponsor willing to offer those details. 

Note that at least one consumer protection group says sharing all that personal financial info could put you at risk of identity theft or worse.

The final step in the application process is paying the fee with a credit or debit card. 

Once approved, you'll receive an email with your electronic visa as a PDF attachment.

Be sure to download and print the visa as a hard copy to present to border authorities upon arrival in Brazil. The visa instructions advise printing two copies and saving another as a screenshot on your phone. 

"The average processing time for an eVisa application is typically 5 working days," according to the online instructions. To be on the safe side, however, the government "strongly advise[s] applying for your eVisa two months before your planned travel to Brazil."

Brazil previously announced that citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan would need visas starting in October 2023. Japan was later excused from the requirement and the start date for the other countries was pushed back to January 2024, then April 2024, before the government decided to delay the launch by another year, setting a new target date of April 10, 2025.

As Frommer's explained at the time of the initial announcement, Brazil's justification for resuming the visa requirement, which had been lifted in 2019, has to do primarily with reciprocity.

If the U.S., Canada, and Australia want their citizens to be let into Brazil for vacations sans visa, Brazil's government wants those other nations to lift their own visa requirements for Brazilians.

So Brazil's changed policy amounts to a tit-for-tat, vice-versa visa. And, true to its word, the Brazilian government did drop Japan from the visa requirement after the two countries reached an agreement on reciprocal exemption for visas, meaning Japan no longer requires Brazilians to get special permission for visits of less than 90 days. 

But, barring further delays, travelers from the other three nations, including the U.S., will need to complete the online process, which resembles the one in effect from 2017 to 2019.  

Count your lucky stars that Brazil isn't bringing back the burdensome system in place before November 2017. Back then, prospective travelers had to make an in-person appointment at a Brazilian consulate and pay a steep charge of $160.

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