brazilan visa - how long do you have to enter the country?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 6:17 PM Last Post By: un_australian
May 17, 2013 7:11 PM
May 17, 2013 7:19 PM
May 17, 2013 9:32 PM
May 18, 2013 3:03 AM
May 18, 2013 8:04 AM
4Anna -- if it was issued to you as an Australian citizen you have up to a year in which to use it (used to be 90 days, but that was changed some time ago because of reciprocity rules). It might actually say this somewhere on the visa.
The visa should be multiple entry, only the number of whole days you spend in the country count against the 90 day allocation. It can be extended by up to an additional 90 days by visiting the Federal Police. The maximum stay allowed on a tourist visa (including extension) is 180 days in any 365-day period. Overstaying incures a fine, which has to be cleared before you attempt re-entry in the future.
May 18, 2013 2:59 PM
May 18, 2013 9:08 PM
6If you want the official blurb, the rules for Australians are set out here (the relevant bit is in the para For Australians )
May 18, 2013 9:22 PM
7I wasn't doubting your information. I was giving you some first hand account of what happens when you overstay.
That is the Embassy in Canberra.
There is also a Consulate in Sydney. Link here
May 19, 2013 7:23 AM
May 21, 2013 3:34 PM
May 21, 2013 4:05 PM
10Well from what I was told by the embassy in Sydney, I had 90 days to enter Brazil (this was december last year).
The consulate/embassy in Australia may take a while to reply (I sent an email once and it took a week or so to reply). Best bet is to give them a call or visit one in Ecuador.
What does it say on your visa?
May 21, 2013 4:39 PM
11It says valid for 90 days - which would seem to indicate that I should enter within 90 days. But I had heard the one year thing and that was what I assumed to be the case until it occurred to me to check on my visa. At which point I started this thread.
I suspect that it is 90 days which means that I will just give up on going Brazil for the moment. I am travelling by bicycle and so time and distance can be pretty intractable. I might get to Argentina and reconsider there. I wanted to do a big Amazon loop before heading that far south but I might just let go of that idea.
I lived in Brazil for three and half years and so I have this sort of feeling that I should be able to go there when I please. It's kind of like home and I have friends there, etc., but immigration bureaucracy doesn't see things the same way. Of course.
May 21, 2013 5:50 PM
12Valid for 90 days means it's a 90 day visa. (If it says Valid for 90 days from date of first entry it's clear that's what it means)
If it had been issued in Australia it would have also said something like Entry within one year of issuance, but I dare say the consulate in Bogota might not be well aquanted with the niceties of visa reciprocity arrangements with Australia.
Brazilian consulates in general don't appear to be that helpful, the result maybe of so many people wanting to go there these days.
I really like the sound of the Amazonian loop. Firstly because I want to read the Amazon entries on your blog, but also because it would be much better timing. It's turning cold in Argentina at the moment and will get colder. That makes parts of it pretty inhospitable. Arriving later in the year, say October/November time would be perfect for catching the start of the best possible season for travelling south.
May 21, 2013 6:15 PM
13Here is the almost instant response from the Consulate in Australia:
Anna, you have one year to enter in Brazil, start counting by the issue date
of your visa.
Once you enter in Brazil start counting the 90 days you are allowed to stay
So Amazon is still on! Yay!
(Even if I headed straight on south I wouldn't get to Argentina until summer I don't think. I don't move very fast. But yes, the weather is good in the Amazon June/July/August - so it's good timing.)
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