The Brazillian Visa

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable.
 It is designed to make its own people comfortable." -Clifton Fadiman

 
Ok all you Americans, Canadians, and Austrailians; time to fork it over! To enter the beautiful country of Brazil you are in need of an actual visa! This visa is pretty much like the Reciorocity Fee you find when going to countries like Bolivia and Argentina, but in order to make your life just a little bit harder you are required to actually go to the Brazillian embassy and submit the paperwork. No there's no way around it if you are one of the nationalities listed above, and for others you probably need to go online and check to make sure. The price of this particular stamp varies by your nationality, but just for reference the American version costs around $200 currently. Ouch! So why on earth is this worth it for a short vacation you might ask? Well it's probably not. UNLESS, you might be traveling to Brasil anytime in the future! The fee might be hefty, but the nice thing is the visa is good for up to 10 years, for 90days per stay, and 180days per year! Not too bad for frequent travelers. 

  So what do you need for your application?
- Passport with at least 6 months validity (can transfer visa to new passports)
- Passport type photograph 
- drivers license 
- Round trip ticket purchase confirmation!! You have to have your ticket for departure, or its a no go
- yellow fever vaccination documents
- Bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds
- application printed and filled out from the Brasillian Governent visa tourist page

 A bit of forewarning, these visa applications can take up to, and sometimes over a month in your home country! So give yourself plenty of time! For travelers currently trekking in South America and happen to want to go to Brasil, there is a secret way to get your visa within 24 hours! This method involves first traveling to Argentina (wich also has a reciprocity fee!)! After getting your fill of the amazing country, hop on a bus to Puerto Iguazu! If it wasn't on your list already, it's time to see one of the wonders of the world, Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls)! Think Niagra falls, but way bigger! Puerto Iguazu is the Argentinian border town separated from its Brazillian and Paraguayan counterparts by the Three Frontiers river. The falls have parks on both the Brazillian and Argentinian sides, so it's natural for this to be a major border crossing for both tourists and locals. Now, back to the visa. In Puerto Iguazu there is a small Brazillian embassy a mere few hundred meters from the bus station. This embassy is super special, because if you take all of the aforementioned paperwork, they will have your visa ready the next day! This super fast tracked process is only available at this embassy for the sake of tourism at the falls! I have personally dine this, and give it my stamp of  awesomeness. It's rare to find a governmental system which specifically caters to the traveler, so take advantage! I left my passport in the morning, then headed off to the Argentinian side of the falls. The next day I picked it up and hopped on a bus to the Brasilian side! Easy Peasy! 

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