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Getting a World Cup 2014 Spectator Visa in Seoul (in 10 Easy Steps)

With one of the world’s premiere sporting events slated to begin in Brazil on June 12th, we’ve noticed an upsurge in the number of people landing on this post about getting a tourist visa.

It seems that at least a few people will be heading all the way to marvelous Brazil, from Korea, to experience the soccer excitement first-hand, so we thought we’d update with relative information.

Most of the process is very similar to what was outlined in our original post, with one happy exception: all visas issued for the FIFA World Cup are completely FREE, and fall under the category of “Temporary Special Visa.” There is no fee, even when applying through a proxy or third party (so don’t let anyone charge you extra).

For Canadians, the visa is valid for 90 days, and cannot be extended. Additionally, the spectator must enter Brazil by July 13th, 2014.

  1. Visit this website: and enter your details online.
  2. After everything is completed accurately, the site will spit 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.
  3. Get a recent 3cm x 4cm photograph on a white background and glue it to the Visa/Application protocol form. Sign the form.
  4. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months of remaining validity and 2 adjacent blank visa pages.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Make a photocopy of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card, if you have one.
  8. Provide a confirmed ticket or proof of purchase valid for any game of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The applicant’s name must be printed on the ticket. From April 15th onwards, applicants are required to submit an original Ticket Certificate issued by FIFA.
  9. 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.
  10. Head back to the Embassy at the allotted time and pick up your passports with Brazil tourist visas glued inside. Visa processing should take 2 – 3 business days.

Brazil was one of the best countries we visited during our round the world trip. We can only imagine how unbelievable it’ll be during the World Cup!

Check out our tips for what to see, do and eat in colourful Salvador, magnificent Rio and massive Sao Paulo.

Are you going to the World Cup?? What are you most excited about doing?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. “Easy” and “Brazilian visa” aren’t always words you see together. Having applied for Brazilian visas 4 times in my life, from 3 different countries – getting a visa in Seoul certainly was easy. No queues and 2 day turn-around is impressive. I love Seoul for its efficiency with matters of bureaucracy. Just don’t expect that when you get to Brazil. (Go Socceroos!)

    May 26, 2014
    • There are a lot of frustrating things about living here – crowds, off and on pollution, a strange lack of logic about things – but the bureaucratic efficiency of “governmental” offices here is a real highlight (especially coming from Canada, where government = red tape). I’m still amazed that I can walk into my neighbourhood gov’t office and get required documents printed off immediately for $1-2!

      May 27, 2014
  2. What a helpful post for World Cup travelers! Personally, I wouldn’t pay a premium price to visit a country during a soccer match (sports aren’t really my thing), but if the World Cup is responsible for introducing hordes of people to the beauty of Brazil, then that is a wonderful thing indeed 🙂

    May 28, 2014
    • I wouldn’t either, but I know someone that would (ahem, Agri) 😉 plus Brazil is already really expensive!! But Agri knows a lot of people (soccer guys) going from Seoul, and it’s definitely not an easy or cheap trip from here… I’m glad we already went, or I think he might’ve felt more of a desire to go.

      May 29, 2014
  3. Is that the stair that you were talking about? I’m always curious about Sao Paulo. Thanks for the tour there.

    June 6, 2014
    • It is! but that’s just one part of it. There’s a lot more tiles to see. It’s in Rio though, no Sao Paulo. Honestly, I didn’t like Sao Paulo very much at all. It was just big grey commercial buildings, with some parts of the city feeling very, very dangerous. Apparently there’s some rivalry between Rio and Sao Paulo about which city is better, but really, it’s no contest. Rio all the way!!!! 😀

      June 9, 2014

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