Long-term tourists in Brazil will need to extend their visa if they wish to stay longer than 90 days. This process is not difficult, but can be tricky without a guide to take you through the various steps of the process.
Most international visitors get a 90-day visa upon entering Brazil. If you stay longer than this but do not extend the visa, you will be charge R$8/day for every day you overstay, up to a maximum of R$800. This fine can be paid upon leaving the country, but you also have the option to pay when you re-enter the country at a later time.
Bear in mind when you renew your visa, you get 90 days from the date of renewal. So if you renew it 3 weeks prior to expiry, you will get 180 days minus 3 weeks. Don’t leave it too late either! Make sure you renew it at least a few days prior to expiry in case there are any problems.
We do not recommend overstaying a visa to any of our guests, and due to a number of requests for information we’re pleased to provide you with this excellent detailed guide to extending your tourist visa in Brazil, courtesy of our guest Michael Haller. Take it away, Mike.
Extending Your Tourist Visa in Brazil
Bring your passport, entry card (CARTÃO DE ENTRADA/SAÍDA), return plane ticket/proof, credit card (they might ask for proof of financial stability).
If you are in Rio, you have to go all the way to the international airport (GIG) for foreigners services at the Policia Federal.
From the Passarela da Barra take the blue bus that says Aeroporto Internacional on it and costs R$12. It is nice and airconditioned. The trip to the airport can take up to 2 hours.
The Policia Federal office is on the third floor (with all the shops) of terminal 1. Facing the food shops with your back to the windows, walk down the hallway on the right. The foreigners section is on the right, whilst new passports for Brazilians is on the left. Go to the counter and get a number ticket and the visa extension form, its a yellow form (PEDIDO DE PRORROGACAO DE PRAZO DE ESTADA). The forms asked only for parents names, contact information, date of birth, nationality etc. Wait to sign it until asked. Fill the form in while you wait for your number to be displayed, it will be on the display labeled “2”. On this form the data “Cartão de entrada/saida (sequential)” is the number on the “Arrival/Departure Card”.
When your number is up just walk straight up the ramp thats left of the counter, on the right is a desk labelled number 2. Show them your documents and they will print out a visa extension tax bill for R$67. You need to go to a bank or lottery shop and pay this and then bring it back. The banks are on the third floor, instead of making a right to go to the Policia Federal, make a left and you will see many banks. Go to any of them that have a counter/teller.
Bring back the visa tax paid receipt to the Policia Federal officer who will ask you to sign, in front of him, at the bottom of the 1st form that you filled in.
The officer will then stamp the visa extension in your passport!
To get back to Barra, go to the 1st floor and find the line of blue buses.