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The Brazilian visa process has undergone many changes in recent years. Previously almost all travellers needed a visa to enter the country. However, recently the Brazillian government has waived the visa requirements for many foreigners. Expats should contact their local Brazilian embassy to make sure which visa rules apply to them.
Expats hoping to make a more permanent move to Brazil should prepare themselves for a long and drawn out visa application process. It is advisable to make use of the services of an immigration lawyer to make the process less stressful.
Tourist and business visas for Brazil
Expats from certain countries don’t need a tourist visa or a business visa to enter Brazil. These countries include the USA, UK, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland. However, the list of exempted countries may change without prior notice. It is therefore important to check with a Brazilian Embassy when planning a holiday or business trip. Visa-free travellers are allowed to stay in Brazil for up to 90 days. They need to travel with a passport that is valid for at least six months.
Nationals from another group of countries are also exempted from a tourist visa for a stay of up to 90 days. but require a business visa when entering Brazil for business purposes. These countries include Namibia and Malaysia.
Permanent visas for Brazil
Foreigners wishing to live in Brazil long term can apply for a permanent visa. There are several types of permanent visas including those for investment, family reunification and retirement.
Expats over 60 can apply for a permanent visa in order to retire in Brazil. However, they are required to prove that they will transfer a certain amount per month to their Brazilian bank account.
Foreigners who invest a particular amount into a Brazilian company can get a permanent visa valid for several years. After this period, the permanent visa can be renewed provided the applicant continues to invest money in the business and has created employment for a certain number of Brazilian citizens.
The requirements for a permanent visa for Brazil are quite stringent. Expats wishing to apply for this visa should prepare themselves for a long wait filled with bureaucratic processes and much paperwork.
*Visa and work permit requirements are subject to change at short notice and expats are advised to contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
►For more about working legally in Brazil and obtaining a work permit, see Work Permits for Brazil
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