Brazil will re-introduce visa requirements for US citizens on the basis of reciprocity, but one of the e-visa requirements strikes me as patently absurd.
US Citizens Visiting Brazil Will Need E-Visa Effective January 10, 2024
As I predicted in June 2022 and again earlier this year, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is the type of demagogue who would bring back visa requirements for US passport holders visiting Brazil. Sure enough, plans were announced earlier year and now a specific date and policy have been published.
Here are key details of the Brazil e-visa for US citizens:
- The cost for the visa will be $80.90 per-person
- It is valid for 10 years with multiple entries, though no one stay can exceed 90 days
- Australians and Canadian only get five years
- Processing times are estimated to be five business days, although you are encouraged to apply earlier if necessary
- The following documents will be required:
- Passport (signed, valid up to end of your Brazil trip with two blank pages)
- Visa application form (completed online).
- Passport-style photo (2 inches x 2 inches on a white background)
- more details here on which photos are accepted
- E-visa fee payment (US$80.90)
- Confirmation of round trip reservation (flight, ship, or bus reservation showing entrance by air, sea or land into Brazil and exit from Brazil)
- Printed bank statement showing transactions for the last 30 days and showing at least US$2,000.00 for travel
You can apply for the visa here (don’t be tricked into scam websites that purport to “help” you get the visa for a processing fee).
The bank statement requirement is absurd…an unjustified attempt to require far too much information than is necessary. If you happen to have more than $2,000 in your account, I recommend you transferring it to a secondary account and submitting that info. I do not see why a credit card statement showing a credit line of at least $2,000 would also not suffice…I may try that out when I apply or a visa.
Some say they won’t go to Brazil because of this banking requirement, but that’s a little bit of an overreaction…it isn’t too hard to set up a bank account just for this trip if you are worried about your privacy.
This Is Not About The USA….
Folks, I CONDEMN how hard the US government makes it to obtain a visa to the USA. It is ridiculous what my wife had to go through to get her visa and she’s a German. Those in the developing world have it far worse. Pricing is absurd and the sort of documentation required and arbitrary nature of the whole process is worthy of our scorn.
But here’s the truth: in 2020 it is estimated that 48,881 Brazilians overstayed their visa in the USA. That is not a reciprocal problem. I love Brazil and would love to spend a lot more time there. But no, I don’t plan to illegally stay there.
The US system may still be far too arduous, but it is not without reason…Lula is guilty of “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face” in his attempt to protest US visa policy. The only ones who will be hurt are Brazilians who rely on tourists for survival and the multiplier effects throughout the economy. The padding of government coffers from this new revenue sources won’t help the very people most hurt by the move to reintroduce visas.
Such needless barriers to entry are counterproductive.
Brazil will introduce a new e-visa system for US travelers (and Australians and Canadians) effective on January 10, 2024. I lament the new system, but we’ve seen it coming for two years now so it hardly come as a surprise.
Will the e-visa requirement impact your decision to travel to Brazil?