The standard Brazil visa application seems to be quite a long and involved process which requires plenty of documentation. I have heard a long time ago though that one can instead get the visa at a land crossing and that this is much faster.

Is it still possible to get a Brazil visa at a land-crossing? If so, what is needed for a Canadian for documentation and how long does the process take?

Would it be possible for this to be a multiple entry visa and for how long?

Which border towns offers this?

One in Uruguay or Paraguay would interest me in particular.

  • Ten countries border Brazil, including Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela - are you wanting to restrict your question to just Paraguay and Uruguay?
    – Mark Mayo
    Dec 8, 2016 at 14:18
  • Those would interest me more since I have not been there before, bu also French Guyana, Guyana and Suriname but I would also like the land crossing to be accessible. I suppose in some of those places, it's right in the middle of the jungle!
    – Itai
    Dec 8, 2016 at 14:47

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Well, I could not find a way, so I indeed applied for a Brazilian visa and flew in, as flights in and out of Brazil are a requirement to obtain the visa.

Still, to put this question to rest, I finally dug out the information which was not that hard to find once I took a few lessons in Brazilian Portugese. The official site of the Brazil government even includes a snippet in English answering exactly this question:

Take note that the Brazilian visa will never be granted in Brazilian territory. Therefore, it is not possible to obtain your visa in airports, ports of entry or any other point of the Brazilian border.

It might have been different a while ago but this is the information published as of today January 10, 2017.

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