Q – We are thinking about visiting Brazil but have heard from friends that a Visa is required and that it is a rather tortuous process. I understand this is something the Brazilian government is doing in response to Trump and his anti-immigration stance. Taking my wife to Brazil is a dream but I don’t want to wait for weeks or even months to make it happen.
A – Your friends were right – but now, they’re wrong. This has absolutely nothing to do with Trump. In fact, the number of US tourists headed to Brazil has grown substantially since last November when the country introduced e-visas. You apply online and the entire process takes about 72 hours. Up until this recent change, you would have had to appear in person at a Brazilian Consulate or Visa Center and you may well have been asked to produce personal bank records. Month over month, the number of Americans securing visas to visit Brazil has jumped 46% an astounding increase. Brazil is now being seen as the poster child for simplification of the Visa process.