Brazil Carnival 2012

Dec 13, 2011

Rio Carnival 2012 is just around the corner: Do I need a Brazil Tourist Visa?

by Peter Michelich, Swift Passport Services

Brazil Carnival 2012, Rio CarnivalThe short answer is yes.

Rio Carnival is considered to be the largest festival in the world with over 2 million celebrants packing the streets for each of the five nights events. The party begins February 17th with an opening ceremony where the Carnival King (Momo) is crowned buy the Mayor.  Once the King is crowned, a non-stop schedule of events, including the infamous Samba Parade and the Magic Ball, carry on through February 21st when the festival concludes with the Gay Costume Ball in Rio Scala.

Its been said that everyone should visit Rio’s Carnival at least once in their lifetime.  If this is the year you will be attending, its not too late to make sure you don’t have any trouble acquiring the necessary visa documentation. Even though you are just visiting for Carnival, US citizens are required to obtain a Brazil Visa to enter the country.  

According to the International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, travel to Brazil is up almost 30% from last year at this time.  This means that the wait time for obtaining a visa on your own is likely increasing.  If Rio is where you want to be this February, then let a third party visa service like Swift Passport Services help you obtain a visa so you don’t miss a moment of the party.  

Below are the basic Requirements for obtaining a Brazil Tourist Visa through Swift Passport Services expedited Brazil Visa processing service.

  • Valid Passport

Submit your passport containing two blank facing visa pages. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If you do not have blank visa pages in your passport, Swift Passport can help you obtain extra visa pages or help you renew your passport; contact us for more information.  Please note that the last 2 pages in your passport ARE NOT counted as visa pages, those are amendment pages.

  • Completed Brazil Tourist Visa Request Form

Click on the following link to fill out the online request form.

  • One Passport type Photo

Photo Requirements: Photos for your Brazil tourist visa must have been taken in the last 6 months, be 2 inches by 2 inches in size, and have white background. Please face forward in your photo.

  • Proof of Residence

A copy of your driver's license or state ID. If you do not have ID, a utility bill with your name and address can be used. Cable and cell phone bills are not accepted.

  • Proof of Travel

Copy of your round trip ticket to Brazil, or itinerary from an air carrier or travel agent showing flight information and dates of departure to and from Brazil.

For more information on Rio Carnival 2012, visit, but be sure to Swift Passport Services to make arrangements to obtain your Brazil Tourist Visa.


*Photo from Lonely Planet


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