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New eVisa for Brazil and no Fee for Argentina!

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New eVisa for Brazil and no Fee for Argentina!

Since Canada has started letting in Brazilians with a simple Electronic Travel Authorization, Brazil is returning the favour. Unfortunately at US$40 it is quite pricey (Canada charges C$7). But at least that is less than the $120 and return mailing fees I paid. Plus it should in theory be much easier and faster (3 days instead of 5 weeks of uncertainty while they admire your passport).

As usual for evisa switchovers, the Ottawa embassy and Travel.gc.ca are slow to advertise it.

Obviously be careful about fake websites. http://vfsglobal.com/ seems to be the legit site.

https://www.narcity.com/travel/brazil-i ... initiative
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/trav ... nline.html

The evisa is valid 2 years versus up to 5 years for the paper visa (depending on how long your passport is valid). For regional travel, I believe you still need a visa for Paraguay, and there is an exit the airport fee in Colombia (in airport international transits are free).

Despite the last minute possibilities, don’t let vaccines trip you up. You need a vaccine to enter Bolivia after going to Brazil, for example. A vaccine is also recommended for the triborder falls in Brazil’s interior (Iguassu). No vaccine is recommended for coastal (urban) Brazil. Although be aware of Zika.

Argentina
“As of January 1, 2018, Canadians will no longer need to pay a reciprocity fee.”
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

Paraguay
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/paraguay
“Canadians arriving by air at the Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport may obtain a visa en arribo (visa upon arrival), valid until the expiration date of their passport, for a fee of US$150 (payable in cash only). If you are planning to enter via other points of entry, you should apply for a visa in advance at the closest Paraguayan embassy or consulate.” Watch out for cheap Brazil-Chile flights via Paraguay with long overnight layovers, as you may be kicked out of the transit area and forced to pay the US$150.

Colombia
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/colombia
“Canadians are required to a pay a significant tax (approx. CAD$85) to enter Colombia. Children under the age of 14 and adults older than 79 years are exempted. Canadians travelling only to the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina are also excluded. For all other points of entry, Canadians will be obligated to pay this tax to customs officials, in cash or by credit or debit card, via a separate immigration line, designated for Canadians only. You will be issued a platinum card (Tiquete Platinum). Customs procedures may be delayed by the processing of payment of the tax. You must keep the platinum card in order to show it upon exit from Colombia. Consult Migración Colombia (in Spanish), the country’s immigration department, for more information.”

Bolivia
Relatively safe at high elevations, however:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/bolivia
“There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*

Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
Recommendation

Vaccination is recommended depending on your itinerary.
There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada.”
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That's good news.
I'm one of those who held off travelling to Brazil due to the visa, despite the occasional good flight deals, when they are many other places in the world that are easier to enter.
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I don’t agree with that New York Times article about service. Perfectly acceptable by Canadian standards. Opportunity crimes are an issue. Ipanema, the famous beach in Rio, is right next to a mountain side slum that may or may not be monitored by police. Some Brazilians go to the beach without a towel, and ask someone to monitor their sandals while they go for a swim. Credit cards are waterproof. Although bring some cash to rent a chair and parasol.

Credit cards are widely accepted, so you are unlikely to be mugged unless a thief thinks you might have some cash on you (for example if you are in an area where people buy drugs). If there is no visible police presence, move. Purses, wallets and expensive cell phones are a bad idea unless you don’t mind replacing them after having them snatched from you.

There a lot of people in Brazil. Many are richer than you. Thieves don’t specifically target international tourists, but in Brazil it is hard not to look like someone from São Paulo.

Because the sun is either up or down, you don’t really need sun glasses. Locals don’t where any.
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Good news on Brazil and Argentina.

As a sometime business traveller to Colombia, I would roll my eyes at their reciprocity fee. However, the fact that at Bogota airport the general immigration lines were always long, and yet if you walked faster than your planemates you could well have no-one waiting in the Canada line, made it *almost* worth it as a convenience/premium processing fee.
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hey guys,

planning a trip to Brazil in august. Canadian passport holder here.

VFSGlobal.com is the go to site for the visa app?
How long is the processing time usually?

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lvl1 wrote: hey guys,

planning a trip to Brazil in august. Canadian passport holder here.

VFSGlobal.com is the go to site for the visa app?
How long is the processing time usually?

TIA
Just do it directly with Brazilian consulate? That's what we did, save the money, it's not that hard, all info online.

EDIT: I see you mean eVisa stuff, yah just use VFS, they say on their site they are the only ones authorized by Brazilian government, so looks like not much choice.

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