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Getting a Brazil Tourist Visa in Seoul (in 11 Easy Steps)

UPDATE: If you’re looking for information about the free FIFA World Cup 2014 Spectator Visa, please see our updated article: HERE.

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.ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Map to the Brazilian Embassy

Map to the Brazilian Embassy

The application process itself was very simple.

  1. Visit this website:ยย and enter your details online.
  2. 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.
  3. Get a recent 3cmx4cm 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. 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 (์‚ผ์ฒญ๋™), between 9AM – 11:30AM, Monday to Friday.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Head back to the Embassy at the allotted time and pick up your passports with Brazil tourist visas glued inside.
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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 Visaย 

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. James #

    wow! great info! I am also a Canadian living in Busan, South Korea! As of September I will be done my teaching contract and traveling to India and South America. Thanks for all the awesome info on obtaining the Brazil tourist visa. Is there anyway you could help me out with info on applying for the India visa? The process seems a little bit more confusing!


    June 8, 2012
    • Shelley #

      Hey James…glad the info was of use to you! I’m afraid I’ve never gotten an Indian visa in Korea personally, by my friend did, and yes, it was definitely a more confusing process. If I remember correctly, she had to have a whole itinerary planned on paper before they would give her the visa…but if you just go into the consulate and ask them for help, they’ll be happy to provide it. And no, it didn’t matter if she actually followed the itinerary…she just had to have it.

      One more tip – totally unrelated, but may help you in your planning – Argentina is expensive. We thought it would be cheap, so we planned a lot of time here, but there’s 30% inflation, so what was cheap 3 years ago, is definitely NOT today…still worth visiting, but it was AS if not MORE expensive than Brazil!

      Happy travels!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 9, 2012
  2. Justin D #

    Very helpful, thank you for posting! I thought I’d send an update that visa processing is still ppali ppali (quickly quickly), although the fee for American citizens is 240,000 KRW as of June 2013. When I asked about the exorbitant fee (from what I know a Brazil visa is $160 in the USA) I was told that the exchange rate is not favorable but I would have to wait at least 2 weeks at an American consulate or embassy. Very friendly Korean staff at the embassy and my visa will be ready for pickup 48 hours after drop off.

    June 25, 2013
    • Hey Justin! Glad that the information was useful and that things are still ppali ppali over there. Wow the visa fee for Americans is CRAZY…but at least the visa is good for 5 years, so you can use it lots. Have a great trip to Brazil!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 27, 2013
  3. Hey, I’m in the middle of planning an around-the-world trip from Seoul and have found your blog immensely helpful so just wanted to comment to say thank you so much! Keep up the great work : )

    December 4, 2013
    • Hi Mike, thank you so much for leaving your comment. It’s great to get that feedback, and we’re happy that the blog was helpful to you.

      Which countries are you visiting? Have a fantastic trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 8, 2013
  4. Bee #

    Hi there, I tried to fill out the form on the page of the Brazilian Embassy, but I just can’t get the date right. It says: today is Maio 22 114, but then when I enter for example the date of my passport issue Decembro 06 110 (2010) get this weird message that the date cannot be 150 years prior to today. Same goes for my birthday. Also, the question about estimated arrival in Brazil (July 01 114) ther was a message that the date can’t be prior to today’s date. I just don’t get how the date feature there funcitons. Could you offer any help? What am I missing? Thank you

    May 22, 2014
    • Hi Bee, I tried entering the data same as you, and it worked fine for me. Is the date and time set properly on your computer? Sometimes that causes problems, if it’s not correct. Or try a different browser perhaps? If that doesn’t work, I suggest you go to the Embassy and fill out the form there. They have computers in the lobby and that way you can ask for assistance if you run into problems. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

      May 22, 2014
  5. Brit #

    2017 (January) Update – This info is still correct and it helped me a lot! Thanks for the great and detailed info! This blog post saved me a lot of stress and made everything easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would just add that the entrance is through the parking garage under the building, next to a little guard booth. It’s not really marked from the outside, but there is a small sign inside. You have to go up in the elevator to get to the office.

    I was told the standard wait is 5 business days, but I explained that I couldn’t stay in Seoul long due to work and politely asked if there was any way they could finish it in 3 days. They didn’t say anything but when they wrote the pick up date they put it as 3 days later and got it taken care of in time for me.

    Also, the reason the visa fee is more for Americans is because we also pay reciprocity on top of visa processing (I paid 240,000 won total).

    February 6, 2017
    • Fantastic! I’m glad this old post is still helping people out and thanks for the update. Good to know things are still as efficient there as when we. Suited way back when. Enjoy your trip to Brazil!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

      February 12, 2017
  6. Jeenz #

    wow, thank you so much for this info. I’m going to be backpacking in South America starting in August and couldn’t find good information about applying for visa anywhere!

    May 31, 2017
    • Aww, I’m glad to was useful for you! South America is amazing. Are you going to Colombia too? It was our def favourite place when we traveled there… ๐Ÿ™‚

      June 5, 2017

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