I am planning to visit friends in Brazil in March 2020. My US passport expires in May 2020. From what I can gather online, Brazil requires passports to be valid for six months after arrival if you are applying for a visitor visa. However, since June 2019, US citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit Brazil. I have not been able to find any clear guidance online concerning the required length of passport validity for citizens of visa-exempt countries.

Can I travel to Brazil on a US passport that expires two months after my visit, or do I need to renew my passport before my trip?


The website of the Brazilian Consulate in NYC states:

Brazil also has visa waiver agreements with certain countries. For the visa waivers listed below to be in effect, the foreign traveler must bear a passport issued by the country with which Brazil has a visa waiver agreement. In addition to that, the foreign passport must be valid for at least 6 months throughout the trip.

So it is not just enough to have 6 month validity at entry, but 6 month + length of stay! You should renew your passport before you travel.


I am Brazilian and this is the info I found:


Passaporte válido (válido por pelo menos mais seis meses no momento da entrada no Brasil). Também é altamente recomendável que o passaporte seja válido por mais de 6 meses no momento da saída.

Prova de alojamento, prova de meios de subsistência para o tempo de permanência no Brasil e bilhete de retorno.

Estes documentos podem ser solicitados no momento da entrada no Brasil e a incapacidade de apresentar esses documentos podem, eventualmente, levar às autoridades fronteiriças brasileiras a negar a entrada no país.

Para mais informações sobre estes documentos, entre em contato com a Embaixada do Brasil mais próxima da sua residência

So yes, you can be denied entry into Brazil if your passport is less than 6 months from its expiration date.

  • Welcome to the network! For context, where did you find this information? Could you include a link to the source as well as the actual text? Thank you. – Mast Nov 29 '19 at 19:34
  • This might be the source, looks like a kind of an official site – jmm Nov 29 '19 at 19:52
  • No, that's the Brazilian embassy's site in Belgium, addressed to Belgian tourists. – DavidSupportsMonica Nov 30 '19 at 0:46
  • Yes, that's the source. But that's a general rule... the same was told to me when I came to Chile – Clovis Dec 2 '19 at 15:05

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