Do I need a visa to enter Brazil from the UK?

South American beaches and international football tournaments are attracting a growing number of UK tourists keen to fly down to Rio. One of the first questions they ask themselves is, do I need a visa to enter Brazil from the UK? The regulations may vary according to the length and purpose of the visit.

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Passport and visa requirements

The immediate answer to the question, do I need a visa to enter Brazil? is a no, at least for UK citizens. Tourists holding a UK passport do not require a visa. Visiting the country is straightforward, without additional expense or paperwork.

What to do?

That said, there are some provisos. The UK passport must have at least six months remaining before expiry and the visitor must have a return airline ticket and proof that they are carrying sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.

Visa-free tourist stays can be up to 90 days. For visitors who understandably fall in love with Brazil and want to see more of this vast country, these can be extended or a further 90 days, but this is at the discretion of the federal police.

For visitors who want to combine their visit to Brazil with some work, perhaps mixing caipirinhas in a Copacabana bar or teaching street kids how not to play football, a work visa is required. The Consulate-General of Brazil is the first port of call for details of the kinds of visas that are available.

For holders of non-UK passports, visas may be required. the Consulate-General's office offers a full list of visa requirements by country.

Health issues

After do I need a visa to enter Brazil? the next question is do I need vaccinations? Brazil does not require an international certificate but does recommend that visitors ensure their routine immunisations are up-to-date and that they are vaccinated against yellow fever 10 days before visiting forested or rural areas.

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