2013-11-15 10:10:58

Brazil is a wonderful country of warm, welcoming people, incredible natural beauty, and greater diversity than you may have realised. Here are some basics.

Brazil is the largest country in South America as well as Latin America, and is an attractive place to visit due to its diverse topography, from its beaches to the Amazon rainforest, the culture, and cuisine. Below are some information to make your travels to Brazil easier.


European Union citizens (including UK citizens) and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to visit Brazil for stays of up to 90 days. Only a passport, valid for at least six months after the entry date, is required.

US, Canadian, Australian, and South African citizens must obtain a visa before travelling to Brazil, although generally, the process is little more than a formality. You may even be able to do everything through the mail. To apply, contact the Brazilian consulate which services your area of residence. If there is no consulate, contact the Brazilian embassy.

Nationals of other countries should consult the nearest Brazilian consulate or embassy to determine what is required.

Once in Brazil, visitors may be able to extend their stay by an additional 90 days by visiting an office of the Federal Police.

Visitors of any nationality are not permitted to work without first obtaining a work permit. Click here to learn more about work visas.

Getting there

You'll probably travel to Brazil by plane. Numerous airlines fly directly to Brazil from Europe and the US. Most international flights arrive in either Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, but there are also some direct flights from Europe to Fortaleza and Recife on Brazil's northeast coast.

Good to know: If you are flying through Rio to another destination in Brazil, you may be able to request a stopover in Rio of up to three days at no additional charge. This service is rarely advertised. If interested, you'll need to inquire about the airline or travel agent.

If you'd like to visit a few destinations within Brazil, consider purchasing a Brazil Airpass, available from GOL, Azul, and TAM airlines. The price will depend on the number of destinations but is quite reasonable. To purchase the airpass, you'll first need to purchase a return (round-trip) ticket to Brazil. Also note that date and destination changes are not generally permitted once an airpass has been purchased, so plan carefully! See below for links to more information.

Another travel option which you may not have considered is taking a cruise to Brazil. Rio is a common cruise destination these days, with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Celebrity all calling at The Marvelous City.

Things to see and do

While Brazil likely conjures up visions of the Amazon rainforest or beautiful beaches, Brazil is very diverse geographically, climatically, and culturally. It is the world’s fifth-largest country, after all! There truly is something for everyone, from beaches to sports to cultural festivals to a nascent wine industry. You can find an overview in the Leisure section.

 Useful links:

Brazilian diplomatic missions (embassies and consulates) worldwide
Brazilian missions abroad
São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport official website
Rio de Janeiro's Galeão Airport official website
Brazil airpass information

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