Information and advice on Brazilian visas and the steps you must take to obtain them.

Brazil Business Visa

Who is eligible:

  • travelers in business trips, except in case of technical assistance; media coverage or filming; flight/ship crew members not holding an international crew card; and Business conferences and trade shows.
  • Business visa holders are not allowed to engage in any activity under employment contract with a Brazilian organization/corporation.
  • Applicants involved in installation, service and/or repair of equipment in Brazil do not qualify for a business visa. They require a Temporary Visa V.


  1. Passport – Your current signed Passport which must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months from the intended arrival date in Brazil and at least with at least two blank visa pages.
  2. Brazil Visa Application – Complete the online carefully, you must fill in all items fully and accurately. Remember to include your middle name as well, scan your photograph and signature and upload them onto your application . The Consulate rejects incomplete/inaccurate applications. Print the Visa Application Receipt (page with a bar code) and sign it. Parents must sign for minors under 18 years old.
  3. Tourism Travel Form –  You will need to complete and sign this form.
  4. Photograph – One color passport size photograph, 2”x  2”, on a white background, full face and no shadows. Snapshots, machine, home or computer photographs are not acceptable. Glue the photo on the application.

  5. Business Letter original business letter and signature (on company’s letterhead) stating employee’s (applicant) name and title, contact in Brazil, job description to be conducted in Brazil, the length of employment of the employee, assuring the employee will not perform any technical work nor will be paid in Brazil, how long the employee has been working for the company, and assuming full responsibility for the applicant while in Brazil. If the applicant is self-employed, an additional letter will be required from his/her bank, containing financial references. Remember to scan the business letter, then update your application by uploading the pdf scan – the Consulate will reject applications that do not include the scan.
  6. Film or Documentary – for filming or documentary a special authorization from ANCINE of the Ministry of Culture is required, to be obtained directly by a Brazilian partner.
  7. Business Conference and Trade Shows – For these type of business visa you must have an invitation letter (giving their full details, your details, purpose of visit, date of entry and period of stay) and a letter from the U.S. company explaining the purpose of the trip, giving full details about you and the host company.
  8. Proof of Residence – One copy of valid driver’s license or a state issued ID, or your most recent utility bill (electricity, gas or water) which has your name and current address on it. This address must match the address you put on your visa application.
  9. Proof of Departure – One copy of your round trip airline tickets (and cruise itinerary, if applicable) issued by travel agents/airline/cruise company, showing travel to and from Brazil (confirming the purchase of the ticket, with passenger’s name, itinerary, flight number and arrival/departure dates).
  10. Non-US Citizens – A copy of the US Alien Resident Card for foreign residents and/or a valid visa, or a document to evidence their return from Brazil to the US or other country.
  11. Payment – Pay the total fee via a money order or cashier check, payable to Global VIP Services to cover the consular fee, service fee and shipping fee.
    • Consular Fee for US Citizens is $160. If you wish, you can purchase the $160 money order yourself from the post office and make it payable to Consulate General of Brazil, do not write any thing else on the money order.  Non US citizens Contact us for consular visa fee.
    • Service Fee: Processing time at least 12 business days: $98.
    • Return shipping Mail Service – Complete and sign Global VIP Services Order Form.
  12. Order Form Complete and sign Global VIP Services Order Form, and send it to us together with all the above mentioned items via overnight FedEx to our FedEx address giving in our Order Form.
  13. Email your FedEx or USPS Express mail tracking number to us at


  • Notarization – The notarization of documents issued in the US must be done by a Notary Public within the jurisdiction of the Brazil Consulate in Los Angeles.
  • Visa fee must be paid with U.S. Postal Service Money Order only, made out to the Consulate General of Brazil (we have to add certain details on the money order, as instructed by the Brazilian Consulate, so please do not write any additional details). Fees for the same family or group can be combined in a single Money Order. Legalization fee must be paid on a separate money order.
  • Non US citizen can check if their country is exempt from applying for a Brazilian visa by clicking Exempt Countries.
  • Brazilian citizens must enter and leave Brazil on your Brazilian passport (no visa is needed).
  • Jurisdiction – The Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles covers the residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and the following counties in California: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Also the following American islands in the Pacific: Johnston, Midway, Wake, Howland, Jarvis and Baker, Palmira and Kingman.
  • Valid Visa – If you have a valid Brazilian visa but your passport expires, you can travel to Brazil with  your new valid passport and the old one (with the valid visa) when you travel to Brazil.
  • Visa Validity Period – Business visas are good for multiple entries. All business visa holders, regardless of nationality or the length of time that the visa is given for 90 days, may only stay in Brazil for up to 90 days. An extension may be issued by the Federal Police. However, the stay in Brazil cannot not exceed 180 days.