First step in the application process is to fill and submit an online application at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You can also check your visa status here after you submit/mail your application to the consulate.
After you fill in the online application form, you need to upload the following documentation
- Digital photo that follows the ICAO standard
- Digital signature
- Round trip airline ticket
- Hotel/hostel booking
- Passport (Id page)
- Address proof (electricity bill / driving license)
You should not book any airfare/hotel until your Brazil visa is approved. For the visa application, there are a couple ways you can print a flight itinerary and hotel booking without actually booking airfare/hotel. Copa Airlines and American Airways lets you hold and save a flight itinerary.
Alternatively, websites like Orbitz lets you cancel an airline ticket within one day of booking by 10 pm CST. For hotel, book a hotel with “refundable” or “pay at check-in” option. Take the print of the hotel booking for your visa application and cancel the booking later.
After submitting the online application, you will be able to print the receipt (also called RER). Print this receipt, sign and affix a passport size photo.
You must submit/mail the following documentation to the consulate –
- Original passport with at least 2 blank pages and valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Brazil
- Signed receipt of the submitted online form (RER)
- One passport size photo that must be affixed on the signed RER above
- A signed cover letter addressed to the embassy (required only at some consulates)
- Visa fee (cash is not accepted and mode of payment is different in each country)
- Last 6 months bank statements (required only at some consulates)
- A prepaid self addressed envelope (only if you prefer to receive your passport in the mail)
Visa fee depends on –
- the country of your passport and
- the country you are applying in
If applying in the US, visa fee is $20USD for Indian passport holders and $160USD for the US passport holders
If applying in Australia, it’s $36AUS for Indian passport holders and $63AUS for Australian passport holders
If applying in India, it’s Rs1600INR for Indian passport holders and Rs5200INR for Canadian passport holders
Refer to your consulate page for exact and up to date visa fee information.
Apply in person
You can submit your visa application in person at the consulate. Some locations require an appointment. Refer to your consulate page for exact and up to date information.
The return method of the passport cannot be changed once the application is submitted at some consulates.
Apply by mail
You can also mail your application to the consulate. Make sure to add additional days and any mail delays to the visa processing time.
Some consulates do not accept mail-in applications. Refer to the consulate page for exact and up to date information.
Apply through a visa/travel agency
You can employ a visa/travel agency to submit the application on your behalf. Any further communication after the application is submitted must happen through your visa/travel agency only.
Priority visa service
There is no priority/rush visa service. Processing times vary from consulate to consulate. Refer to your consulate page for current processing times.
Visa section at the consulates does not answer phone calls. Any inquiries must be made via email. Refer to your consulate page for the contact email. If you are using visa/travel agency for your visa application, all communication must happen only through them.
Email is the only way to communicate with consulate after you submit/mail your documents. It would be difficult and time-consuming to withdraw the application in case of emergency. Contact the consulate via email in such case.