As an American on my first trip to South America, I didn’t think I would need a visa to visit any country in Latin America – until I got the breaking news about having to get a Tourist Visa to enter the big, beautiful, bombastic country of Brazil. Although slightly disappointing, it is easily remedied and takes up to 10 weekdays to apply, process, and receive a Brazilian Tourist Visa in Chile.
Despite having a Chilean ID, if you have an American, Australian, or Canadian passport (or a passport from any other country that requires a Tourist Visa to visit Brazil), you must have the Tourist Visa stamped in your passport to enter Brazil. On the plus side, the Tourist Visa lasts for 10 years, regardless of when your passport expires, and you can be in Brazil for up to 90 days at a time, but a total and maximum of 180 days during each year.
Here is what you need:
- $112,000 CLP in cash (based on 2014 rates)
- Passport, valid for at least 6 months with at least two full, available pages
- One Color 5cm X 5cm Photo, white background, without identification information. You can go to any Kodak store (Portal Lyon and other such galleries) or anywhere that prints passport photos.
- Photocopies of:
- Proof of your legal status in Chile with: the Chilean Tourist Card (the paper they stamped and placed in your passport when you arrived in Chile) or Chilean ID if you are a resident
- Passport Photo Page
- Flight Reservation with the reservation code or ticket indicating the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil
- Financial Documentation (Credit card or bank statement with available balance or work contract and latest pay stub)
Please note that depending on your nationality, the visa is only valid if you use it within the first 90 days starting from the emission date, so plan your travels accordingly.
You can now schedule an appointment!
Head to the Brazilian Consulate in Las Condes
(Map below. Note: not the Brazilian Embassy
, which is a different building in Santiago Centro!). The Consulate only administers Visas from 10am – 1pm, I waited about 25 minutes before submitting my application, but this was before appointments were available! Although the application is in English, you will meet only Spanish and Portuguese speakers at the Consulate.
There are two areas with a row of counters, one for foreigners and the other for Brazilians; you will tell the receptionist why you are at the consulate and (s)he will give you a number. Once your number is called, the attendant at the counter will check all the required documents with you, request any additional documents, and give you a deposit slip to pay for the visa. Keep in mind that they will keep your passport at the Consulate while processing your visa, so don’t book any international travel while you’re visa is being processed.
Tip: If you happen to need to print any additional documentation, there is a computer at the Consulate that you can use to print or to fill out the visa application. To save time, it’s recommended to fill out the visa application prior to arriving at the Consulate.
They should process your visa within at least 7 – 10 weekdays, and the Consulate’s attendant will give you a date to pick up your visa, between 10am – 1pm. To pick up your visa and passport. If you need to travel sooner than that, you can ask them to try and process it faster but you may have to change your tickets if they cannot, so it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get your visa.
How to pay for the Visa
Once you have the pre-filled deposit slip with the amount and account number, go to the nearest bank, BCI
, about three blocks from the Consulate. Take cash (Chilean Pesos) with you since you’re making a deposit, but if you don’t mind using the ATM you can withdraw money at the bank.
Go back to the consulate with your deposit receipt, but do not take another number. Simply wait until the attendant who waited on you is free, hand them the receipt and they will give you a slip with the date for you to pick up your visa in about 7 business days.
Consulate Contact Information:
Phone: (+56-2) 2820 5800
How to get to the Consulate
Address: Calle Los Militares 6191 – 1º Piso, Santiago, Chile
Click here for the map from the Consulate to the Bank