NEWS OF INTEREST: Accused Americans Could be Stuck in Brazil for Months
[posted July 2009]
Two University of Arizona geoscientists and one University of Minnesota-Duluth student were arrested by federal police June 16 while working on a climate change project with the University of the State of Sao Paulo using tourist visas. Learn more.
Workshops and Meetings
Phase III of LBA-ECO does not support collection of field data in Brazil. Investigators may travel to Brazil to participate in NASA-sponsored meetings or conferences.
When you attend LBA-ECO workshops or meetings, you may use a valid Vitem-1 visa or you will need to Apply for a tourist visa.
WARNING: VISA REQUIREMENTS VARY
Requirements for obtaining tourist and VITEM-I visas appear to
vary from consulate to consulate.
There has been inconsistency among Brazilian consulates issuing visas to foreign participants attending previous LBA-ECO meetings in Brazil. Some consulates issued tourist visas. Others issued Vitem-I visas, even though activities authorized under a tourist visa include "scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars".
It may be prudent to apply for the less complicated tourist visa FIRST rather than raise the VITEM-1 issue. Leave time in your application process to re-apply, if you get turned down for a tourist visa.
Tourist Visa (back to top)
- Tourist visa requirements can be obtained through local consulates.
- DO NOT visit field sites or collect scientific data when traveling on a Tourist Visa!
- Contact your local consulate to review their instructions before submitting your application.
- Invitation letters for these visas may be obtained from your Brazilian counterpart.
- Use No Abbreviations/All Names Must Match on visa applications and Federal Police application papers.
- Applicants must write out all names in full without abbreviation. Do not use initials. This applies to the full name of the individual applying for the visa, as well as other names on the application such as that of parents.
- If you accidentally abbreviated names on one application or form, you should follow that same format when writing the names on all other forms. The most important element is consistency.
Note about VITEM-1 Visas (back to top)
- If you plan to do fieldwork while in Brazil, YOU WILL NEED A VITEM-1 VISA. Again, Brazilian laws DO NOT allow for fieldwork activities under Tourist visas.
- If you already have a valid VITEM-1 visa, you may use it for attending the conference. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A NEW VISA.
- To apply for a new VITEM-1, please check your consulate's website for requirements and consult with your Brazilian counterpart for more information.
- Note: People traveling on a VITEM-1 visa and staying in Brazil for more than 30 days must register with the Brazilian Federal Police.
Civil Servant Visa (back to top)
- Follow your agency's instructions for obtaining an official visa.
Apply for a U.S. Visa (non-immigrant) (back to top)
Link to US Embassy Brazil forms and requirements for Brazilian residents.