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As US citizen, does one still need Brazilian transit visa, if travelling to another South-American country (eg. Argentina) with stopover in any of Brazilian airports?

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The US citizens are required to have expensive visas to Brazil in "reciprocation" for US visas for Brazilians. Even if there is a stopover, a transit visa is required.

As far as I know, that the only exception of this rule is São Paulo-Guarulhos Airport. If your stopover is there, and you don't leave airport (don't try to go trough customs), you don't need transit visa. But only in this one airport.

A friend of mine was travelling from Miami to Buenos Aires. He was misinformed by his airline and had stopover in Brasília. He was deported for not having a transit visa.

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What did the deportation mean in practice? Did they send him back to Miami instead of Buenos Aires? – Jonik Jun 13 '12 at 8:31
He was sent back to Miami and then get another flight with stopover in Guarulhos (that was paid by airline, because of their fault). – Tschareck Jun 13 '12 at 9:18
Is that GRU airport that has the exception? – user82 Feb 13 '14 at 13:16
I'm at GRU airport now, and I can confirm that international connections do not have to go through immigration. No visa? No problem (: – user82 Feb 20 '14 at 4:42

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