Visa type for attending an academic conference in Brazil

To participate in an academic conference in Brazil without receiving remuneration, you can apply for a Tourist visa, provided that you have an invitation letter specifying your complete name issued by the organization sponsoring the conference.

According to the government, “The tourist visa will be issued to foreigners traveling to Brazil on a temporary basis, without purposes of immigration or the exercise of paid activity. Tourist visas can be granted for those traveling for tourism or to artistic competitions, sports competitions, conferences, seminars or meetings, among other purposes – provided there is no payment or remuneration of any type.”

Who needs to apply for a visa?

  • Citizens from the following countries do not need to obtain a visa to visit Brazil for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes: all European Union countries, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Suriname, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
  • Citizens from the following countries are eligible to apply for an electronic visa, which is processed in about five business days: Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States. There is no need to visit a Consulate or Embassy.
    The eVisa must be applied for at the VFS Global website:
    You will be asked to upload the following documents: photo; passport bio page; address page. The estimated fee is about USD 45.
  • Citizens from all other countries must obtain a visa from one of the Brazilian diplomatic missions. You must contact the Brazilian representation in your country to obtain information on how to apply for a visa. A list of all Brazilian representations abroad is available at:

More information

Please contact us at publichistory2018[at] or directly with professor Ricardo Santhiago at rsanthiagoc[at] if you need further assistance in obtaining your visa.