Visa/Border Crossing at Iguazu Falls
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 16, 2013 4:30 PM Last Post By: trent84
Aug 15, 2013 2:53 PM
Visa/Border Crossing at Iguazu FallsHi!
I'm traveling to Argentina and Brazil in Nov/Dec. I just purchased my international airfare and want to get my Brazilian visa (I'm a US citizen). On the consulate's webpage in LA it says we need proof of entry and exit into Brazil. BUT i was planning on taking a bus or taxi from Argentina into Brazil at Iguazu Falls so there is no entry proof to show.
I have my departing flight booked but am a bit worried about this, since I know how bureaucratic visa offices can be.
We aren't sure which side of the falls to stay on so any suggestions would be great! And should we just take a taxi to cross, or is it much more expensive compare to a bus?
Aug 15, 2013 4:57 PM
1To enter Brazil you need a valid visa.
I would not consider staying on the Brazilian side without the visa. Anyway, the Argentinian side is better and cheaper to stay on.
Having said that though. We did cross the Brazilian border by public bus (there and back) to see the Brazilian side of the falls. We did not have a Brazilian visa. We just didn't get off the bus when at the border. People with the visa got off and got the relevant stamps. We knew we were taking a risk and I was nervous every time we were near a Police officer. You are illegally in the country when without the visa so be aware there are serious consequences for being caught without one.
We ended up getting our Brazilian visa in BA as we were eventually flying to Brazil.
Aug 15, 2013 5:00 PM
2We do plan on getting a visa here in the States, since we are spending time in Brazil. I'm just confused since visa instructions state we need to provide entry and exit itinerary when applying and because we will be crossing by land by just hailing a cab or catching a bus we don't have proof of that.
Thanks for any help!
Aug 15, 2013 5:31 PM
Aug 15, 2013 5:53 PM
4On the Consulate website for Sydney there is a form which indicates you want to enter Brazil overland. I would assume that there is also a form for this on the US consulate page. If not, ring up the consulate and find out.
You can get your visa in Puerto Iguazu (takes a day) or get it int BA and it takes a week at the consulate there.
Aug 15, 2013 5:54 PM
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Aug 16, 2013 11:59 AM
10Just heard back from the consulate that they need to see our full itinerary for a visa but looking online I don't see anywhere to buy bust tickets from Argentinian Iguazu to the Brazilian Falls. Should I doctor something that looks like a bus ticket?
Does anyone know a bus company or website where I ca at least look up tickets?
Aug 16, 2013 4:30 PM
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