Planning to attend T2016 in Gramado/RS, Brazil,this October?
You may need a visa. Visas are required for citizens of the U.S., Canada, and Australia as well as many other countries. People from most European countries do not require a visa. Make sure to check to see if you need a visa and what the requirements are.
If you do need a visa, make sure to allow plenty of time for this process.
A tourist visa will be sufficient for attending T2016, however, an invitation letter from the T2016 sponsor is required. One can be obtained directly on your reserved are on T2016 website, by clicking on the icon “Invitation Letter”.
Some general information about visas can be seen at: http://cgwashington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/applying_for_a_visa.xml#A
The application process can be begun on line at https://formulario-mre.serpro.gov.br/sci/pages/web/pacomPasesWebInicial.jsf
Keep in mind, however, that in order to obtain the visa, the process must be completed in person in the consulate jurisdiction assigned to the applicant’s home. For some people, that may be at some distance, in which case a travel agent or expediter can complete the process, as outlined below. A list of agencies recognized by the Brazilian Consulate also appears below.
By the applicant OR by a proxy (any friend, relative or colleague can act as a proxy)
- If applying through a proxy, the applicant must present proof of residence in the Consulate’s jurisdiction (copy of driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement or lease contract). If the proxy brings more than five visa applications, all the documents must have been uploaded before.
- Along with the visa application and passport you must also bring a self-addressed envelope with tracking number (“Express Mail Flat Rate” or “Priority Mail”) from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) with sufficient stamps/postage (pre-paid envelope) for the return of the passport and submitted documentation via mail once it has been processed (we do not accept envelopes submitted by any other carriers, such as Fedex, DHL, UPS, etc).
- Take note of the tracking number on your USPS envelope. Use the tracking number on the USPS envelope to check when your passport has been mailed to you and its current status at www.usps.com. The Consulate does not give information on visa status. The Consulate will not be responsible for any delays or loss by the postal service.
- More than one passport may be mailed back in the same envelope.
BY A TRAVEL OR VISA SERVICE AGENCY
- Exclusively for applicants who reside within the Consulate General’s jurisdiction(the applicant must present proof of residence in the Consulate’s jurisdiction: copy of driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement or lease contract).