Visas for Brazil
We just found out that visas are required for Brazil even if you are just there for the day. We found out by chance and was confirmed by our TA.
We are on a Transatlantic next April that stops in Fortaleza for a day, and were quite surprised to learn we needed one. If we hadn't been checking the travel websites we would never been the wiser.
Yes, visa needed
We visited the falls last year from the Argentinian side and sure did need a visa for just a half day visit. They're talking about a South American 'common market' but visas are carefully checked and passports much stamped.
I'm reposting this from my post on Azamara cruise lines:
With 93 days until my Brasil cruise it's time to get the pictures taken and send in the documentation for our Brasil visas.
Brasil has one of the "more" expensive and interrogating visa applications I've seen. It is even more extensive than China. I have already filled it out and today is photo day and then it's off to the visa service to get it processed.
I decided to use a service rather than going through the consulate. The nearest consulate is Chicago.
The Brasilian visa fee is $100 plus $10 processing fee. The visa service is $50 so the total for two visas will be $320.
It is worth it in the long run.
:cry: Not only do we need a Brazilian Visa for $140.00 each...but we need yellow fever shots otherwise we aren't allowed on the Pacific Princess.
If you go to Iguazu and just the Argentina side you do not need the Visa, but I would get it since I have heard that the Brazilian side has much better view. From the videos that I have seen, I would tend to agree. I've been to South America three times and finally went to Iguazu.
I'm not sure if any of these links will help but will post anyhow.
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Just got all our shots for the stop in Brazil. The visa is quite expessive. Be sure and check out sevral intenet sites concernign applying for your vise ands fess charged by the various servcie may be different. Also the Brazil vidsa locations in the United Sates process applications by specific area. For example here in Texas the visa application MUST go to Houston. Send it to Chicago and it will be returned. TIP--If you have a AAA top level membership the visa pictures may be free.
Although we live outside of Boston and there is a consulate there it was recommended that we mail our in for an extra $10.00...as they only take 20 people a day to process.. We did and we have them back.. they were $140.00 each.. and you can take pictures at the local pharmacy.. Now for our yellow fever shots
My cruise is from Vaparaiso-Buenos Aries so no visa needed but the after extention tours to Iguazu Falls with the ship or on our own go to both sides of the falls so for 1/2 day at the falls I need a visa.
LOL Yes, you need the visa..but the expensive part are the shots...CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY to see if they will pay for "preventative innoculations".. ours is... just probably a co-payment... Just read somewhere else well over 100 people were denied boarding on another cruise ship. :idea:
I will call the travel nurse at my insurance and see if i can get the shots seems like alot for 1/2 day :oops:
Viosas and Yellow Fever
:wink: :wink: Yes, you will definately need a visa for Brazil (doesn't matter whether you are there for 2 hours or 2 weeks !!). The visas are good for 5 years, though. You
cannot apply until 90 days prior to your First stop in Brazil - we used "www.Itseasypassport" service out of NYC - had ours back in less than 7
days - other parts of the country are different. Each consulate has it's own
rules/regulations which can be very confusing.
Yes, we were on the RCCL Mariner of the Seas from Jan. 4th to Feb. 3rd and
there were about 50 passengers who were denied boarding in Florida due
to lack of the visa. Had to travel at their own expense to Miami and lose
3 days of their trip before meeting the ship in St. Maarten. I understand
the cost was about $ 1000 per person - OUCH !! (Rumor had it on the ship that RCCL reimbursed these folks for some of the expense - not positive about that).
The question of the Yellow Fever shot is another matter. At the time of our
cruise - there was a stop in Costa Rica and the yellow fever was DEFINATELY required. (If you were getting off the ship). However, many
passengers who did have the shot were never asked to prove it. Also,
check with your local International Travel Clinic for the most up to date
info - when we traveled the shot was a "recommendation but NOT a requirement" - my DH and I are both over 60 years of age and have significant
health issues so we were eligible for an exemption letter from our personal physican.
You are still REQUIRED to get the yellow "international certificate of vaccination" booklet from the travel clinic where the proper area has to be filled
out - again signed and done by your personal physician -
We did get our tetanus updated and our first Hepatits A shots, though.
I am more concerned about the conditions of food handling expecially
traveling out of the country.
Your best source of information is the consulates for each of the countries
you are visiting - DO NOT depend on the cruise line to give the most
update information - it is the passenger's responsibility to obtain all necessary documents and vaccinations before sailing. We found out the
hard way - many calls to RCCL gave us many different answers - and the
cruise line never made mention of the Brazilian visa until TWO WEEKS
prior to sailing. From my own experience - that is not enough time
to get the visas unless you live in the same city as the consulates and even then - they are NOT issued the same day. :(
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