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North Americans Will Require Visas to Enter Brazil for WEDA Meeting

To attend the Western Dredging Association Brazil Chapter meeting in Rio de Janeiro on December 9 though 12, North American and many other travelers will require visas to enter the country.

U.S., Canadian and Mexican citizens require visas, while citizens of most other Central and South American countries and many European countries do not require visas.


Brazil has eight consular offices in the U.S. – in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and the Brazilian Embassy in Washington DC, all of which handle visa requests.

A list of these offices and their jurisdictions can be found on the web site http://www.brazil sf.org under Other Consular Information. Processing time for the visa is approximately 10 days, and requires proof of a round trip ticket to Brazil in your name.

The web site for the Brazilian consulate in Los Angeles is www.brazilian-consulate.org, click on Visas. Phone number is 323-651-2664. This site contains a list of countries whose citizens must have visas to enter Brazil.

The Los Angeles site also includes a list of local visa services with full contact information, that will process visa applications. One of these services told IDR that the passports are sent by an overnight courier, and that processing time is about 10 days.

The fee for the visa is $60, plus a $10 absent fee if not applying in person. U.S. passport holders must also pay a processing fee of US$100 in reciprocity for an identical fee paid by Brazilian citizens who apply for a visa to the United States.

The web site for the Brazilian consulate in Canada is: www.consbrastoronto.org; phone: 416-922-2503. The consular fee for a Canadian business visa (Temporary Visa II) is Cnd$ 108.00. Instructions for application are on the web site.

Mexican citizens require visas to enter Brazil. The web site, in Portuguese, is www.brasil.org.mx; phone: +52-55-5201-4531; email: embrasil@brasil.org.mx

Citizens of most of the other Central and South American countries and many European countries will not require visas to enter Brazil.

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