Olympic Update for the 2016 Games in Rio!
For some tourists you do not need to get a Visa for visiting Brazil during the Olympic games. Brazil has issued a “Visa exemption from June 1st to September 18th, 2016, for stays of up to 90 days, for the sole purpose of tourism.” This specific exemption applies to America, Australian, Canadian, and Japanese tourists. For other countries check their updated visa requirement list.
Getting a standard Brazilian Tourist Visa
As an American on my first trip to South America, I didn’t think I would need a visa to visit any country in Latin America – until I got the breaking news about having to get a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil. Although slightly disappointing, it is easily remedied and takes up to 10 days to apply, process and receive a Brazilian Tourist Visa in Chile.
Despite having a Chilean ID, if you have an American, Australian, or Canadian passport (or a passport from any other country that requires a Tourist Visa to visit Brazil), you must have the Tourist Visa stamped in your passport to enter Brazil. On the plus side, the Tourist Visa lasts for 10 years, regardless of when your passport expires, and you can be in Brazil for up to 90 days at a time, but a total and maximum of 180 days during each year.
Here is what you need:
- Brazilian Tourist Visa Online Application (click on the British flag for English) and a copy of the Confirmation Page at the end of the application
- $112,000 CLP in cash (at the time of original publication, confirm with the Consulate for any currency adjustments)
- Passport, valid for at least 6 months with at least two full, available pages
- One Color 5cm X 5cm Photo, white background, without identification information. You can go to any Kodak store (Portal Lyon and other such galleries) or go to one of these suggested by the US Embassy
- Photocopies of your:
- Prove your legal status in Chile with: the Chilean Tourist Card (the paper they stamped and placed in your passport when you arrived in Chile) or Chilean ID if you are a resident
- Passport Photo Page
- Flight Reservation with the reservation code or ticket indicating the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil
- Financial Documentation (Credit card or bank statement with available balance or work contract and latest pay stub)
Please note that depending on your nationality, the visa is only valid if you use it within the first 90 days starting from the emission date, so plan your travels accordingly.
Head to the Brazilian Consulate in Las Condes (Map below. Note: not the Brazilian Embassy, which is a different building in Santiago Centro! ). The Consulate only administers Visas from 10am – 1pm, I waited about 25 minutes before submitting my application. Although the application is in English, you will encounter only Spanish and Portuguese speakers at the Consulate.
Tip: Unless you really have to be somewhere early in the day, I would suggest getting the Consulate later. In the past the Consulate had a 15 Tourist Visa cap per day, but now there are no limits. I got there at 12pm; I figured most people would get there early and based on my experience in similar situations in Chile (like getting and renewing my ID), it’s sometimes best to go 1-1.5 hours before closing time to avoid long lines and frustrated crowds of people who woke up too early to wait around for too long.
There are two areas with a row of counters, one for foreigners and the other for Brazilians; you will tell the receptionist why you are at the consulate and (s)he will give you a number. Once your number is called, the attendant at the counter will review all the required documents with you, request any additional documents, and give you a deposit slip to pay for the visa. Keep in mind that they will keep your passport at the Consulate, so don’t book any international travel while you’re visa is being processed.
Tip: If you happen to need to print any additional documentation, there is a computer at the Consulate that you can use to do that or to fill out the visa application. To save time, it’s recommended to fill out the visa application prior to arriving at the Consulate.
They should process your visa within at least 7 days, and the Consulate’s attendant will give you a date to pick up your visa, between 10am – 1pm. To pick up your visa and passport, let the receptionist know that you are there for that purpose and you will be attended to more quickly than on your fist visit. If you need to travel sooner than that, you can ask them to try and process it faster but you may have to change your tickets if they cannot, so it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get your Visa.
How to pay for the Visa:
Once you have the pre-filled deposit slip with the amount and account number, go to the nearest bank, BCI, about three blocks from the Consulate. Take cash (Chilean Pesos) with you since you’re making a deposit, but if you don’t mind using the ATM you can withdraw money at the bank.
Go back to the consulate with your deposit receipt, but do not take another number. Simply wait until the attendant who waited on you is free, hand them the receipt and they will give you a slip with the date for you to pick up your visa in about 7 business days.
Consulate Contact Information:
Phone: (+56-2) 2820 5800
How to get to the Consulate:
Address: Calle Los Militares 6191 – 1º Piso, Santiago, Chile
As previously noted the Brazilian Consulate is located in a different building than the Brazilian Embassy. The Brazilian Consulate is a short walk from the Metro Manquehue or you can take buses 216 or C07 which will leave you around the corner from the Consulate.
Note: This article was accurate when published. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the sites in question before planning your trip.
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