Sometimes visitors overstay their Brazil visa accidentally or on purpose. People make mistakes with the dates, find themselves in emergency situations, or simply want to spend longer in Brazil.
However, there are consequences of exceeding the limit of stay in the Brazil and visitors should be aware of them. There is an overstay fine as well as other repercussions.
For citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan, it is normally quick and straightforward to extend a Brazilian tourist visa. However, it is not possible to complete the Brazil visa renewal from inside Brazil.
The penalty if you overstay a Brazilian visa
The penalty of overstaying a tourist visa in Brazil is eight reais a day (the maximum is 800 reais). Visitors can either pay the fine when the leave Brazil or when they return. It is not possible to re enter Brazil is the penalty is not paid. You would also not be able to return to Brazil for six months.
If you are caught by the authorities with an expired visa, you are given a period of seven days to leave the country. You also receive the overstay penalty and the six month ban.
If you are planning on regularly visiting Brazil it is especially important not to overstay your Brazil visa as it is one of the most common Brazil eVisa refusal reasons. You may not be able to obtain another visa and find yourself locked out of the country.
Can I get an extension on my Brazil visa?
There are several different Brazil visa types including tourist visas from embassies and consulates and the Brazil eVisa. Whichever visa you have there is the option of applying for a visa extension at a federal police station.
How to obtain a Brazilian visa? Brazil eVisas are normally obtained by completing the online Brazil visa application form, but the form cannot be filled out from within Brazil. Brazil eVisa holders have the option to leave Brazil, complete the online application from abroad, and to then return with a new eVisa.
The online application only takes a few minutes to complete. Applicants need to enter some information such as their contact details, date of birth, passport details, and travel plans. It is also necessary to pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
Extending a Brazil visa at a federal police station
If you go to a federal police station and try to extend an expired visa you will be given a seven-day notice to leave the country. It is only possible to apply for a visa extension before your visa has expired.
Before going to a police station you need to print a copy of the visa application from the government website. It must be completed with blue or black ink and be error-free. You also need to pay the visa extension fee at any bank before you go and take the receipt for the payment with you.
In addition, you need to bring a bank statement to prove you have enough money to support yourself, proof of onward travel (a flight ticket for example), your original visa, and your passport.