Getting a Brazil Tourist Visa in Seoul (in 11 Easy Steps)
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For our particular itinerary, Brazil and India are the only 2 countries where we’re required to apply for a tourist visa in advance.
I’d heard from friends who’d visited Brazil before, that applying for the visa was a lengthy process – up to 3 weeks or more. In paranoia (mine – not Bear’s of course), we visited the Embassy of Brazil in Seoul a few weeks earlier to find out for sure. We were happy to discover that in Seoul, it would take but 2 or 3 business days. Gotta love that Korean efficiency, which somehow seems to have happily infected even the territory’s of other countries here. 😉
The application process itself was very simple.
- Visit this website: https://scedv.serpro.gov.br/frscedv/index.jsp and enter your details online.
- After everything is completed accurately, the site spits out a Visa/Application protocol form with your protocol number on it. Print this out and take it to the Embassy or if you don’t do this in advance, the Brazil Embassy in Seoul has computers and printers available for you to use.
- Get a recent 3cmx4cm photograph on a white background and glue it to the Visa/Application protocol form. Sign the form.
- Make sure your passport has at least 6 months of remaining validity and 2 adjacent blank visa pages.
- Collect proof of your capacity to afford your trip in the form of a bank statement, credit card slip or employment contract. In Korea, the document has to be translated into either Portugese, Korean, English, Spanish or French. If you’re married and only bringing one of your bank statements/employment contracts, make sure you also bring your marriage certificate!
- Prepare a copy of your itinerary or round trip ticket. This is one thing that was different in Korea. In Canada, the Brazilian Embassy advises that you DON’T book your tickets until your tourist visa is confirmed, but in Korea, we needed it to even apply for the visa.
- Make a photocopy of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card, if you have one.
- Take all of this to the Consular Section of the Embassy, which is located on the 4th floor of the IHN Gallery Building in Samcheong-dong (삼청동), between 9AM – 11:30AM, Monday to Friday.
- Once your application is accepted at the Embassy, take the visa fee of 97,500 krw total, and deposit it into the Consular Section’s bank account. They do not accept cash at the location, so you have to walk a few blocks to a bank and transfer the money.
- Make sure you get proof of the deposit and bring it back to the Embassy. Show it to the staff and they’ll give you a collection receipt for your passport. Our passports were ready for collection 2 days later.
- Head back to the Embassy at the allotted time and pick up your passports with Brazil tourist visas glued inside.
For Canadians, the Brazil tourist visa is valid for multiple entries over a full 5 years from the date of issue. The duration of each entry is 90 days and you’re allowed to spend a total of 180 days in Brazil per year.
Full details about tourist visa requirements can be found here: Brazil Tourist Visa