Visa regulations to enter Brazil and notes on the need for a transit visa on Brazil

Visa regulations to enter Brazil and notes on the need for a transit visa on BrazilMany countries can enter Brazil for tourism purposes for up to 90 days without the need of a tourist .

This is the list of countries that can enter Brazil without visa but this information is for reference only, you should always confirm it with your nearest consulate

Andorra- Argentina – Austria – Bahamas – Barbados – Belgium – Bermuda -Bolivia – Bulgaria – Chile- Colombia – Costa Rica – Czech Republic – Denmark – Ecuador- Finland – France -Germany – Great Britain – Greece – HKBNO – HKSAR – Hungary – Iceland -Ireland – Italy – Israel – Liechtenstein – Luxembourg – Macau SAR – Malaysia – Malta – Monaco – Morocco – Namibia – Netherlands – New Zealand – Norway – Paraguay – Peru -Philippines – Poland – Portugal – San Marino – Slovenia – – Spain – Surinam – Sweden – Switzerland – Thailand – Trinidad & Tobago – Tunis – Turkey – Uruguay – Vatican.

Other countries need a visa and they have to contact the nearest Brazilian consulate to obtain it. In some cases the visa can be somewhat expensive or lengthy. Brazil basically applies the principle of reciprocity, so if a country asks for a tourist visa to Brazilians they will ask tourist visa to that country, they will charge the same fee and demand the same requirements that the other country asks from Brazilians. Americans need a Tourist Visa before arrival to Brazil, the process for Americans to obtain such visa is very similar than the process for any other country to obtain a Tourist visa to USA: it is long, expensive and you need several documents. 

 

Visa requirements for Transiting in Brazil

The rules are clear and widespread in many of the Brazilian consulate webpage. If one will transfer in an international flight in a Brazilian airport, without abandoning the international transit area and for a time no longer than seven hours,  one can do so without a transit visa. You always have to confirm this requirement with the airline and with your closest Brazilian consulate before buying the airplane ticket. Several of the consulates even advises to send them an e-mail with the complete flight information and in this way they will confirm that the passenger does not need a visa to transit in the specific airport. Remember it is the passenger responsibility to be in possession of the required immigration documents before flying. The best way to do this is a phone call to the consulate.

 

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    • Julius on 25 February, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    hi sir/madam I am from sri lanka I need transit GRU sao paulo international. going to bahamas what I need documents geting transit visa

    1. Dear Julius
      To inquire about what specific documents you need for the transit Visa the thing is for you to contact the Brazilian Embassy in Colombo, here is the contact info.

      16 Queen’s Road
      Colombo 3
      Sri Lanka
      Telephone (+94) (11) 556.6900

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    • charles on 27 February, 2015 at 11:32 pm
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    Hi, I’m a Ghanaian passport holder based in South Africa.
    I checked before purched my ticket from one of the travel agent to Ecuador-Quito via brazil.
    I was refused boarding pass by the Ethiopian air, why because they saying there is a new law from Brazil which says anyone transiting Brazil must have transit visa even less than 7 hours.
    I visited the Brazil embassy in pretoria and there is no such thing.
    What do I do since I purched my tickets and its not refundable.

    1. It seems that you would need to provide proof that this law or requirement is not in effect to Ethiopian Airlines, perhaps get something officially written from the Brazilian Embassy stating your ability to transit in the country.

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    • mark on 6 June, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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    Hi, I’m a Cameroonaian passport holder based in Cameroon! Have purchased my ticket from one of the travel agent to Ecuador-Quito via Brazil.And my transit is less than 7 hours can i encounter any problems on my transit in Brasil?Since i am a visa free to Ecuador?

    1. Thanks for your message.
      How long are u staying in the airport?
      Are u flying in the same airline?
      The official information we have is that as long you stay less than seven hours in the international transit area of the airport u will not need a visa. Do you fulfill this conditions?
      It is always good to confirm this information with the embassy of Brazil in YaoundeADDRESSBrazilian Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon

      Rue 1828, Derrière du Hotel Azur, Bastos
      BP 16227
      Yaoundé
      Cameroon
      TELEPHONE(+237) 2220-1085 / 6 / 8
      FAX(+237) 2220-1087
      EMAIL brasemb.iaunde@itamaraty.gov.br
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    • Denniz on 23 October, 2015 at 11:34 am
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    Am a nigerian passport holder base in Nigeria. Am traveling to Mexico via sao paulo and my transit is less than 7hours, do I need transit visa

    1. As a general rule Brazilian authorities state that is you are only transiting in the international area and less than 7 hours with an confirmed ticket you should no need transit visa. It is always a good idea to confirm this info with the consulate of Brazil in Lagos or Abuja.
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    • juan on 1 November, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    first time tourist traveler to brazil and looking for information as too what documents I need to get into Sao Paulo brazil other than my passport which shows visas pages.

    1. Hi Juan,

      It depends what nationality you are, we recommend you look at the webpage of the Brazilian consulate that is in or serves applications from your country:

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    • Charles on 29 December, 2015 at 12:42 am
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    Merry Christmas and happy new year in advance am a Nigerian passport holder traveling to Jamaica through Sao Paulo please do I need transit Visa

    1. Hi Charles,

      There is no need for a transit visa if you are staying in the same international terminal for no more than 7 hours and you have the same ticket booked all the way through. But as always it is best to call the embassy and confirm your particular circumstance.

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    • frank on 5 February, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    Pls I am a Nigeria I have a student visa to go and study I mexico I wanted to pass tro Sao Paulo to mexico but all d airline I went to ask me to go and apply for a Brazil visa.
    Pls Wat will I do because am travelling on the 19th of feb

    1. Hi Frank,

      What reason does the airline give for you needing a Brazilian visa? If you are not exiting the international terminal and your connection time is less than 7 hours you may not need one. If anything in your connection is different than this you may need a visa.

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    • Dirisu on 6 February, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    Greeting to you,
    I am Nigeria holding a Nigerian passport traveling to Trinidad and Tobago via Sao Paulo Brazil but same on international terminal to connect to Trinidad and Tobago flight for hours( like 12 to 15 hour) to connect do i need a transit visa as i wouldn’t be a burden while transit awaiting to connect

    1. Hi Dirisu,

      You may need to get a visa because your terminal stay time is more than 7 hours. You should contact the airline or Brazilian Consulate in order to find out what your best approach for this situation is.

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    • Al on 27 February, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    Hey thanx for ur help
    Im sure all wud b glad
    Can u please tell if indian passport holders wud require a transit visa if connection is like 9 hrs as website says no time frame if ur not leaving brazil and also they have to collect baggage as emirates hands over luggage and have to check in again for copa for destination country
    AS NO WERE SPECIFIES if 2 different airlines with 2 PNRs and collection of baggage and check in
    Looking forward for a reply

    1. Hi Al,

      The website of the Brazilian consulate in New Dehli says there is no timeframe on transit as long as you remain in the international area of the airport. When switching airlines for onward travel and collecting baggage in most countries you pass through immigration to get to the baggage. This would be entering Brazil. We recommend you contact the airline to determine if they have a partnership or the ticket is shared that they will transfer the baggage. Otherwise it is unlikely that you can go and collect baggage without leaving the international area. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Amena on 1 May, 2016 at 4:36 am
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    I am a Pakistani national. I need to take a flight from via Brazil. I need to know if the rule of no transit requirement still exists if my transit period is under 7 hours.

    1. Hello Amena,

      From everything we can read online this is the rule for transiting in Brazil. You can of course always call the Brazilian Consulate nearest you for updates. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Adrian on 27 May, 2016 at 3:48 am
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    Hi

    My partner and I are traveling throughout south america around November and will be flying out of Rio to go back home (melbourne, aus). We are flying in from bogota and arriving in Rio at 7am and our flight to return home leaves at 7pm the same day. Would we need a full visa for that small amount of time or is there some sort of transit/temp visa we can obtain to stay in the country barely a day? Going through the whole visa process and paying the full fee seems like a bit much for entering the country for not even a full day.

    1. If your stay does not exceed the allotted time and you remain in the international area you should not need a visa, however to get the most authoritative reply we recommend you consult your nearest Brazilian embassy as they should have the most pertinent information regarding your specific travel details.

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    • kels on 3 June, 2016 at 11:04 am
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    am nigeria by nationality can i transit in Trinidad and Tobago with a mexico visa

    1. Hi Kels,

      from what we can read online Citizens of Nigeria do not require a visa to transit through Trinidad and Tobago airports for up to 48 hours, provided that they do not leave the International Transit Area of the airport. We of course recommend you confirm this with an official consulate of Trinidad and Tobago as these rules can change anytime. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • ebenezer on 15 July, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    am a Ghanaian and would be traveling to Peru.do i need airport transit through brazil

    1. As long as you stay in the international area (do not enter into Brazil across the border and your stay is not longer than 7 hours) you should have no need of a transit visa. However we recommend you contact your nearest Brazilian Consulate to confirm your specific itinerary to get the details. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  1. Hi
    Please I need advice am a Nigerian traveling to Venezuela and I will be transiting in Brazil but airline that will take us to Brazil refused to carry us please what do I do

    1. You should find another airline or ask the NAIA why the airline is able to do this.

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    • Jawad on 11 November, 2016 at 2:32 am
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    Hi I’m Ghanaian and i would be travelling to Ecuador but i’m using an Invitation of soccer tournament but i would be transiting in Brazil before i would get to Ecuador so do i need a transit visa ?I’m a footballer

    1. It depends on how long your transit is, if under 7 hours and you remain in the international area you should not need a transit visa. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Isabel on 1 December, 2016 at 4:02 am
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    Hello, I’m an American living in Australia and I am trying to get a visa for Brazil. 1) Do you know if I need to send my paperwork to the U.S. or can I send it to the consulate in Australia? 2) I’m nervous a month won’t be long enough to process my visa application, so I’m looking into getting a transit visa, do I need to send in my passport with a transit visa application as well? Thanks!

    1. Isabel you best bet on all this is to contact the Brazilian consulate in Australia, they will let you know what steps you can take and what you need for a visa application.

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    • Ravi Kewat on 16 December, 2016 at 2:40 pm
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    I’m from India and will be travelling to Bolivia via Brazil. I will have 15 hours layover at Sao Paulo airport.
    I will not be leaving Airport during transit and my connection flight will be booked under same ticket.
    I tried to contact Brazilian embassy In New Delhi regarding this. They said that I don’t require transit visa if I don’t leave transit area of Airport or have connection flight booked under same ticket. They didn’t mention about the time limit. They didn’t say that I will need transit visa if my layover time is above 7 hours.

    1. Hello Ravi,

      Thanks for advising us of this. Perhaps the terms have changed, what you should do is follow their advice, but if you can get this in writing from them it will be even better so as to give yourself every assurance.

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    • tesfa kiflemariam on 31 January, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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    Dear sir/madam

    my name is tesfa i am Eritrean passport holder,i have i Guyana visa so i want to reach Guyana via sao Paulo,Do i need transit visa? i will be less than 7 hours in the air port just air port transit
    thanks in advance!

    1. Less than 7 hours you should not need a visa.

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    • Femi on 1 February, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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    Hello. I am a Nigerian travelling to Port of Spain in T & T . My connecting time in Sao Paulo is more than 7 hours.. In actual fact, I will arrive GRU 18:45 on 13FEB and depart GRU to PTY/POS by 02:35 on 14FEB. This is airline scedule pls. Would I need transit visa.

    1. It seems you would from what we know. Please contact your nearest consulate to confirm the situation.

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    • habib on 2 February, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    pla am a Ghanaian passport holder and am traveling to Trinidad and Tobago. and transit in Brazil 9hrs do i need a transit visa

    1. We recommend you contact the nearest Brazilian embassy to determine if you need a transit visa. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  2. Hi l’m yusuf a Sierra Leone passport holder with a Bahamas visa, can you please tall me which country to take flight to avoid transit visa to Bahamas

    1. Yusuf, we recommend you look up countries that you do not need a visa for perhaps in the Caribbean or Latin America.

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    • PAULINE on 9 March, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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    hi. i am a Nigerian traveling from st Vincent to Nigeria through Brazil. my connecting time is 5hours but i am leaving GRU to GIG before Nigeria with another connecting time of 2 hours? do i need a transit visa?

    1. If you are going out of the airport at all, even to go to another airport in Brazil or staying beyond 7 hours in the same then you need a transit visa.

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    • Kanchan Rawat on 16 March, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    Hello All,

    I am a Indian passport holder and travelling from India to Montevideo (Uruguay) and there is a halt in Sao Paulo for 5 hours 30 Minutes . Will I need a transit visa in this case ?

    1. Everything you need to know is found here in this article:

      http://www.admirablejourneys.com/visa-regulations-to-enter-brazil/

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  3. Dear sir I am Pakistan passport holder and I want to travel to Mexico through Brazil transit should I required transit visa ?

    1. Only if you have to leave the airport or have a layover of longer than 7 hours in the same Brazilian airport.

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    • Syed on 3 June, 2017 at 6:28 am
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    Hi sir hope u r well just to ask u that m travelling to Brazil and m a Pakistani passport holder I want to travel via France do I need a transit visa for that because m not gona get exit from the air port will just take another flight and will continue my way and what documents do I need to attach because Brazil direct flight doesn’t work here from Pakistan suggest me pls if I can go via France or any other country wv a transit

    1. This is a complicated travel issue and these scenarios of citizenship and access are changing always. We recommend that you contact the nearest consulate in any country for a more direct answer. Alternatively, you can contact George: george@admirablejourneys.com our travel advisor for a fee, he normally works with people to solve very specific travel issues.

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    • Nelson on 30 August, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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    Am a Cameroonian passport holder travel ing to Ecuador transiting from Turkey and nexuco, will i need a transit visa ?

    1. This is a complicated travel issue and these scenarios of citizenship and access are changing always. We recommend that you contact the nearest consulate in any country for a more direct answer. Alternatively, you can contact George: george@admirablejourneys.com our travel advisor for a fee, he normally works with people to solve very specific travel issues.

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    • Kush on 6 November, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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    Hi ,

    I am AMERICAN passport holder and need to visit GRU for business . Do i need visa for GRU?

    1. Yes, Americans need passports to visit Brazil. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Radhika on 15 November, 2017 at 3:46 am
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    Hi, I’m an Indian passport holder who will be flying back to India through Saopaulo from Buenosaires.
    My lay over time is 6hours 15 minutes.
    I booked the flight from Buenous aires to São Paulo by Aerolineas.
    I booked another single ticket from São Paulo to Chennai (India) through Emirates flight.
    I should collect my luggage and change the flight.
    Do I need transit visa?
    Thanks

    1. You only need to get a transit visa if you are leaving the transit area while in Brazil, that is if you have to go out and collect baggage. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • francisco on 15 November, 2017 at 6:44 pm
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    Dear Sirs, good morning.

    Me and my wife are travelling to Argentina on December 20th, departing from Los Angeles. We both live in San Diego, California . I am an Argentine citizen, and my wife is an american citizen. Before arriving to Argentina we are going to stop and be in transit for 6:15 min in GUARULHOS INTL airport in Sao Paulo. I am trying to find out if my wife will need to have her Tourist or Transit Visa issued to enter Brazil. Her final destination is Argentina, this would only be a stop. (Our trip coming back will also involve a stop in Sao Paulo). Since our trip is coming soon, I would like to know if she needs to get her Visa issued. I appreciate your quick response in advance. I tried calling my nearest consulate and I wasn’t succesfull.

    thanks!

    1. Hi Francisco,

      If you are leaving the terminal for any reason while in transit your wife will need a transit visa. People are only exempt if they are staying in the terminal for under 7 hours.

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  4. Hi sir .
    I am from Pakistan . And want to go Nicaragua to join exhibitions that held 27 28 February and 1st March.
    The imigration department of Nicaragua is approved my visa but they said me I can put stamp on passport after arrival in Managua airport.
    They require me ticket .
    But problem is that I can only fly Dubai to sao Paulo Brazil and then I have new one ticket via Colombia and panama .
    So is that Brazil airport like sao Paulo airport allow me to departure other airline like copaairline after exit .
    I have a imigration department of Nicaragua email as prove I am go Nicaragua but no have visa .
    So please can you help me after giving information.

    1. Hello Usman,

      This is a complicated travel issue and these scenarios of citizenship and access are changing always. We recommend that you contact the nearest consulate in any country for a more direct answer. Alternatively, you can contact George: george@admirablejourneys.com our travel advisor for a fee, he normally works with people to solve very specific travel issues.

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    • Johanna Little on 24 April, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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    Hello,

    I am an American who is traveling through Sao Paulo from Santiago to Madrid. I will only be in Sao Paulo for 4 hours and will remain in the same Terminal for my transfer in Sao Paulo.

    Do I need a transit visa to make the transfer in Sao Paulo?

    1. Hello Johanna,

      Thanks for your question. You should not need one as you are staying in the same terminal for under seven hours.Have a pleasant journey to Madrid! We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Ali on 2 June, 2018 at 10:17 pm
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    I’m traveling to Mexico via Sao Paulo. I’m Pakistani passport holder. I’ve a layover time of 15 hours between my flights with a overnight. Do I need a transit visa.

    1. Hello Ali,

      Thank You for writing to us. It is our understanding that yes, since you are over the 7 hour limit of staying in the airport you will need a transit visa. We recommend you contact the closest embassy to verify your situation. Have a great trip. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Adonai on 12 June, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    I am travelling to guatemala.from ghana through brazil air port .eritrean passport holder so do i need trazit visa for brazil

    1. Hello Adonai,

      It depends how long your stay over will be in the airport if more than seven hours you will need a transit visa.

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    • Martin's on 21 June, 2018 at 7:12 am
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    I’m a Nigeria citizens travelling to Bahamas with Bahamas stamp visa I will transit in Sao Paulo for one hour twenty minutes do I need a transit visa.

    1. Hello Martin,

      You will need a transit visa if you are staying more than seven hours inside the airport. Have a wonderful trip. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Christy on 28 September, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    Hello.am a Cameroonian having a Bahamas visa traveling through sao Paulo. I will be at the air port for 9hrs 25mins..do I still need a transit visa…
    I stay humble for your reply

    1. Hello Christy,

      We transited through the airport recently and we were not bothered about the time frame. Still you may want to check by calling the consulate officially.

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    • Albert on 28 November, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    I am a Cameroonian having a cameroon passport and will be flighing from Cairo to Santa Cruz with a transit at São Paulo Brazil for less than 5hrs. Will I need a Brazil visa for transit at the airport

    1. Hello Albert,

      Your transit time is under the limit so you should not need a visa. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook in Instagram and in Twitter

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