Brazil Visa was the first Visa that I was trying to get for my year-long South America trip. I was anxious. I had all the documents ready. My only concern was my employment status which was going to be ‘unemployed’ while traveling as I was going to quit my job soon. Also, I had no other Visa on my passport that could help strengthen my case.
Indian passport holders are required to obtain a valid Brazil Visa to travel to Brazil. While in late 2019 it was announced that Indian tourists could now travel to Brazil without a Visa, it hasn’t taken effect yet (as of Dec 2020).
Visa application Essentials:
- Website: http://novadelhi.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/visas.xml
- Cost: Rs 6400 (in the form of Demand draft payable in favor of “Consulate General of Brazil”)
- Processing Time: 5 working days
- Embassy: Mumbai (I loved in Mumbai back then. There is an embassy in New Delhi as well)
- Visa Requested: 30 days
- Visa Issued: 90 days multiple entry (this is the standard tourist Visa)
- Validity: One year from the date of Issue
- Online form: scedv.serpro.gov.br
Navigation to access the application form:
Visas –> Applying for a Visa –> Online application form (under STEP 3) –> VISA –> Start new application
Brazil Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens:
- Print of online form
- Round ticket
- Hotel bookings (Reservation from Booking.com will do. I showed my stay only for 10 days in the beginning of the trip and 10 days towards the end of 3 months)
- DD of Rs. 6400/-
- Attested bank statements from the last 6 months (I showed around Rs. 1.7 lakhs in my bank account)
- Covering letter to convey the intent of travel
My experience of Visa application at Mumbai embassy:
Apart from me, there were all third-party agents at the embassy. Each one had multiple application forms and yet, my turn at the window took the longest. The lady at the counter went inside to speak to someone else then came back and asked me a couple of questions like:
- Are you looking for a job in Brazil?
- Do you know anyone there?
- Why Brazil/ South America?
- Can you speak Portuguese?
I was very calm and told her in total honesty that I just want to travel the southern part of the continent for 3 months. She accepted the documents and told me I might be called for an interview which I was absolutely okay with as I was going to be in Mumbai during that time.
I was not called for an interview. After 5 business days when I went to collect my passport, I had my first Visa fixed inside the passport. It was a 90 days permit with multiple entries. This was the moment I could see my trip taking shape.
My Brazil Visa experience at Bogota, Colombia:
I had to apply for a new Visa as the first one expired after 90 days and I was returning to Brazil after about 11 months of first entering the country.
The process was the same in Colombia. Fill the online form, a hard copy of all these documents only difference was bank statements didn’t need attestation.
- Visa Application form: https://scedv.serpro.gov.br/frscedv/index.jsp
- Address: Calle 93 no. 14-20, 8th Floor
- Phone: +57-1-2180800
- Email: email@example.com
It took 10 working days but the people were really nice. They accepted my form and asked no questions. I went to explain my application because I was worried it would get rejected owing to low funds.
Also, I was applying on my new passport as between my first and second entry, I was mugged and had lost my passport. So, my old Visa was of no use.
Note: There are two machines available at the embassy to fill the online form and take a print there itself
Brazil Visa for Indians in La Paz, Bolivia
Now, I don’t have a habit of going to every embassy in each country. I was there because earlier my plan was to return to Brazil from Peru and then head to India.
Tip: Brazil Visa in La Paz, Bolivia, takes only two working days to process the application and issue the Visa
- Working Hours: 0900 hours to 1500 hours, Monday to Friday
- Website to fill the online form: https://formulario-mre.serpro.gov.br
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 591-2216-6400
Other Documents needed:
- Valid Passport: Validity of at least 6 more months
- One photo: 4*4 cm/ 480*640 pixels, white background
- A return ticket from Brazil
- Evidence of means to finance the stay in Brazil: Credit card/bank statements of the last 3 months
- Yellow fever vaccination (Recommended)
Also Read: Peru Visa for Indians
Brazil Visa Fee:
- Angola: $180
- Algeria: $80
- Australia: $120
- Canada: $80
- North Korea: $80
- UAE: $80
- Japan: $80
- Nigeria: $80
- USA: $160
- Other Nationals: $80
*UAE Nationals have to pay an additional processing fee for the Visa
The most difficult part about getting a Brazil visa is probably was filling the online form as the total size of documents couldn’t exceed 2 MB and with all the bank statements it was a little tricky. I was really concerned they would not accept my blurred version of the passport I attached on my online form. Eventually, none of it created a problem. But, be ready with your lightest version of documents while filling the online form.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do Indians need Visa for Brazil?
Yes. As of December 2020, Indians are required to obtain a valid Visa before traveling to Brazil.
Q: Is Brazil Visa issued on arrival to Indian citizens?
While in late 2019, it was announced by the Brazilian President, Mr. Bolsonaro that Indians would no longer require a Visa to travel to Brazil. However, this has not taken effect yet. I had recently (in November 2020) assisted someone with the Visa application cover letter and the process is the same except they weren’t interviewed while submitting the documents.
Q: How can I go to Brazil from India?
The easiest way I find to travel to Brazil is via Ethiopian airlines. Indians don’t need a transit Visa for Ethiopia that makes the whole process less cumbersome on an Indian passport.
It’s a long flight though!
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How about you? Do you remember your first Visa experience?