I have plans to meet a friend in Paris mid-September. Before that I will be visiting Brazil. Therefore, I am considering buying a flight Brazil to France. This should satisfy the proof-of-onward-travel requirement for my Brazilian visa.

However, before visiting Brazil, I will be spending some time in Mexico, and possibly Peru. This means I don't yet know if I'll be flying to Brazil from Peru or Mexico, and I don't yet know which date I will be entering Brazil.

Is it possible, as a US citizen, to obtain my tourist visa to Brazil with only a departure date/ticket? If not, can I purchase a (cheap) entry ticket into Brazil for an early date, will I be permitted entry if I enter on a later date?

  • so to clarify, you want to get a visa to Brazil, without having proof of arrival dates? Usually you can arrive any date after the start of your visa, it's just valid for the whole, say, 30 days.
    – Mark Mayo
    May 31, 2013 at 6:01
  • given that it's no doubt possible to enter Brazil by road or ship, I don't see why not. You might just have to provide a travel itinerary detailing those plans.
    – jwenting
    May 31, 2013 at 6:19
  • @MarkMayo: That's correct.
    – Flimzy
    May 31, 2013 at 16:05

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The official answer appears to be NO.

I e-mailed the Brazilian Consulate in Houston, and this was their (ambiguous) response:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Tourist visa applications require the presentation of the itinerary.

Please contact this office once you have certain plans.

You don't have to present a purchased plane ticket. A round trip reservation under your name will suffice.

It seems clear to me this was a copy-and-paste answer, and wasn't intended to address my actual question of whether an entry reservation/booking was actually necessary.

But I suppose it's probably safest to have my full itenerary planned before I apply.

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