The World Economic Forum recently reported that Brazil has enormous tourism potential. The government intends to translate this into international arrival volume, setting the goal at 12 million visitors reaching the country in 2022. This means almost doubling the current number of arrivals, which were recorded at 6.6 million in 2017.
Vinicius Lummertz, former Brazilian Minister of Tourism and current Secretary of Tourism for Sao Paulo, has put a special emphasis on 2 promising markets: China and India. To encourage holidaymakers from these countries to make Brazil their next destination, the government has been implementing measures that go from visa policy changes to promoting the “Brazil brand” abroad.
Do Indians Need a Visa for Brazil?
Currently, the vast majority of Indian citizens need to hold a valid visa before they can enter Brazil. Holders of diplomatic and service passports are exempt.
A number of foreign nationals, including citizens of the EU, US, and Russia, can travel to Brazil without a visa. It is not to exclude that this visa-free policy may extend to India in the future.
Brazilian visas for Indian nationals
What Brazilian visa to apply for depends on the specific circumstances of the visitor, most importantly:
- The country of issue of the applicant’s passport
- The reason(s) why the foreign national wishes to visit Brazil
- The intended length of stay in Brazil
Indians can choose between a wide range of visas for Brazil according to their needs. They include, for example:
- Visitor visa. With this visa, Indians can stay in Brazil for up to 90 days and engage in a number of non-remunerated activities, such as tourism, transit, visiting family, and attending business meetings.
Work visas. These visas can be used to carry out work in Brazil in several fields.
- Family reunion visa. Close family members of Brazilian citizens, residents, and visa holders can use this visa to enter the country.
- Student visa. Indians can complete courses and degrees in Brazil (including primary and secondary school, university, and language training) with a student visa.
- Cultural and academic visa. This visa category covers a variety of activities, from academic research and teaching to athlete training.
- Diplomatic and official visas. Indian public servants and government officials need a visa if they intend to stay for longer than 90 days, even if they hold a diplomatic passport. This visa can also be used by employees of international organizations.
How to Apply for a Visa for Brazil from India
The visa requirements and documents needed to apply for a Brazilian visa depend on the type of permit one intends to obtain.
Typically, short-term visas require minimal documentation and are reviewed quickly. Work and other long-term visas, on the other hand, may need the traveler to submit more evidence (such as a job contract) and wait for longer processing times.
Most visas are requested through the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate. The applicant will need to make an appointment, attend an interview, and provide the required documents in person. Alternatively, they can hire a travel agent to sort out the papers for them.
Fortunately, Indian travelers can apply online for a short-term visa for Brazil. Thanks to the easy electronic application, they will have submitted their request in minutes from the comfort of their home or office.
The online visa for Indians allows them to visit Brazil for a total of up to 90 days and is valid for 2 years. Until the validity period expires, visa holders can enter Brazil multiple times.
Brazilian visa online application
Since the digital application process was designed to make things easier and encourage tourism, Indians will find it very convenient and straightforward. All Indian citizens need in order to request a Brazilian visa online is:
- A reliable internet connection and a device
- An Indian valid passport
- A passport-style photo
- An email address to receive updates regarding their application
- A credit or debit card to pay for the application fee
The picture must follow the specific Brazil visa photo requirements set by the government.
Indians must complete an application form that includes a series of mandatory questions. These ask the applicant to provide basic information such as:
- Passport details (number, date and place of issue, expiry date)
- Personal information (full name, date of birth, nationality)
- Contact details (home address, email address, telephone number)
- Reason(s) for traveling
Visitors may also be asked some health and security-related questions to verify that they do not pose a threat to the Brazilian public and fellow travelers.
After completing the form and submitting the necessary documents, Indian applicants can proceed to pay the visa fee. They will then receive the granted visa via email within a few days.
Traveling to Brazil from India with a Visa
The easiest way to reach Brazil from India is by plane. Indian citizens should travel with their passport and a copy of their Brazilian visa. Especially if they have applied online, it is extremely important that they carry the same passport they have used during their application since the permit is directly linked to the document.
As it is the case with countries around the world, a visa is no guarantee of entry. This means that the final decision will be made by the Brazilian immigration authorities at the border. Indian visitors should present their documents to the officials and answer any potential questions.
All international tourists should also seek medical advice 6 to 8 weeks prior to departure to understand whether they’ll need vaccinations or a yellow fever certificate for Brazil.