VISAS FOR JOURNALISTS (NON CORRESPONDENTS), FILMING CREWS, PHOTOGRAPHERS (VITEM - II)
Foreign citizens travelling to Brazil as journalists (non correspondents), TV and filming crews are generally required to have a temporary visa item II.
• Citizens of the following countries are exempted from this type of visa: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France (only for journalists), Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, the Sovereign Order of Malta (citizens of Malta must have a visa), Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Vatican, provided that their stay in Brazil does not exceed 90 days, and they do not receive any payment in Brazil.
• In the case of commercial, publicity and documentary filming, prior approval of the project is required: the person intending to film in Brazil must seek assistance from a Brazilian co-producer, who will apply to the Brazilian National Cinema Agency (ANCINE) on his behalf for approval.
Once ANCINE's approval to film is granted, the relevant authorisation is relayed to the Brazilian Embassy in the applicant's country of residence, either by ANCINE itself or by the Brazilian co-producer.
• An Embarkation/Desembarkation card, provided to all visitors by the Brazilian Immigration authorities (DPMAF), must be filled in and signed appropriately and submitted to immigration upon arrival and when leaving Brazil.
The Embassy requires a minimum of five (5) working days for the issuance of visas and other documentations upon receiving the complete documentation. Extra time may be needed in some circumstances.