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Central & South America Tourist Visas

Written by Raenelle on Saturday, July 5, 2008
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Do Canadians need a tourist visa to travel to Central American and South American countries?

Based on a review of specific country requirements, it appears that visas or visiting permitspassports.jpg can easily be acquired at the borders when crossing into the country. The only exception to this is Brazil, who requires that you acquire a visa prior to arriving at the country border. This would seem fairly straightforward, however, they require: 1) the specific date that you will be entering the country; and 2) that you enter Brazil within 90 days of acquiring your visa. This is a problem for us, since 1) we have no idea what day we will be entering Brazil, and 2) we will likely not be entering Brazil within 90 days of our departure from Canada. Hmm …

I see some fancy footwork and negotiations going on at a Brazilian border in our future. But since our Brazilian portuguese is just slightly rusty (i.e. we do not know a single word … and will be relying heavily on our handy phrasebook), we may opt for spending a day at a Brazilian embassy in Argentina or Bolivia once we have decided to enter Brazil. When there is a will, there is most certainly a way!

Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by Dad
July 5, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

Will be sure to notify Brazilian authorities of unsavoury transients in wierd truck…

Comment by Frederick
September 20, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

Regarding your Brazil visa quandary, I suggest that you deal with it before the border. The bureaucracy will often dictate the actions of border officialdom regardless of “reasonableness”. I have found that the capitals (and usually major cities) of bordering countries nearly always have a consulate where a visa can be easily obtained.

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