Brazil will reinstate the need for a Visitor Visa for citizens of the U.S., Australia, and Canada.
Updated: Aug 16
Since 2019, American, Australian, and Canadian citizens traveling to Brazil for business or tourism could enter the country without the need for a Visitor Visa (VIVIS). However, the rules will change, and starting from October 1, 2023, Brazil will require the VIVIS for citizens of these countries.
This change in visa policy is a result of Brazil going back to its reciprocity-based method for visa rules. As a result, citizens from countries that ask Brazilian travelers for visas will also need visas to come to Brazil.
Professional from these countries traveling to film in Brazil needs the Visitor Visa
Travelers from these countries who are coming to Brazil for journalistic coverage, news reporting, or filming fall under this visa category. The Visitor Visas (VIVIS) are designed for individuals visiting Brazil for stays of up to 90 days, with no intention of establishing residence.
The process for applying for the VIVIS varies depending on the Brazilian consulate in each respective country, as they have different procedures. For instance, US citizens can begin the application online and then send the required documents by mail, or they can complete the entire process through a visa service agency recognized by the Brazilian government.
For foreign film productions planning to shoot in Brazil, it's necessary to pre-register the production with ANCINE, the Brazilian film agency. Once registered, ANCINE will provide a letter acknowledging the filming project in Brazil to the relevant consulate where the visa application will be made. This requirement is only waived for works of a journalistic nature.
If you're working on a filming project in Brazil, feel free to reach out to us. We can provide more details about the necessary steps for obtaining the visa and registering the production with ANCINE.