Rather be on the beach enjoying a Caipirinha right about now? You could, because travel to Brazil just got a lot easier and convenient for American, Australian, Canadian, and Japanese passport holders. As of yesterday, the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched their E-visa website (http://vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa/) in which US Citizens can now apply for a travel visa online.
This streamlined system will cut out the time wasted waiting in lines and costly processes that were previously in place. Thus, leading to hopes of driving up the number of visitors to Brazil by 25% according to its tourism ministry.
The fee for the new E-visa is $40 (plus a consular fee of $4.24), which is a 75% reduction from its former price of $160. According to the application page, E-visas will take about five business days to process after the application is submitted. After approval, the visa will be valid for two years from the date of issue and allow multiple entries, though your stay in Brazil cannot exceed 90-days. If you have any other questions regarding the new E-visa system, visit the site’s FAQ page here.
Applauding this simplified process, we decided to have a look at what airfare deals we could find to take advantage of the new visitor E-visa launch. Although we’ve seen better prices in the past here are some latest fares that will get you bird watching in the Amazon or feet in the sand at Ipanema in no time:
Ft. Lauderdale to Belem $664 round-trip, nonstop
Ft. Lauderdale to Sao Paulo-VCP $708 round-trip, nonstop
Ft. Lauderdale to Recife $729 round-trip, nonstop
Boston to Rio De Janeiro $727 round-trip
Los Angeles to Rio De Janeiro $737 round-trip
Washington DC to Rio De Janeiro $779 round-trip
Orlando to Sao Paulo-VCP $844 round-trip, nonstop
Orlando to Belo Horizonte $866 round-trip, nonstop
New York to Sao Paulo-GRU $891 round-trip, nonstop