It’s time to get the Visa

Waiting for Visa

1 week ago I went to the Brazilian visa website to find out what was needed to get a visa for the World Cup trip.  Fairly straight forward:

    1. Fill out an online form
    2. Print out a digital receipt page
    3. Paste a passport photo on the receipt page and sign it
    4. Get a $160 money order
    5. Bring proof of airline tickets

So I out went and got the $160 money order and a passport pic that day then went back to the website to verify the info needed on the airline ticket.  Weirdly I saw there was a section on visas for the world cup so I opened that section up and sighed and laughed a bit.  Turns out that if you have World Cup tickets the requirements were different:

      1. Fill out an online form
      2. Print out a digital receipt page
      3. Paste a passport photo on the receipt page and sign it
      4. Bring proof of World Cup tickets

I was a little confused that I did not see anything about a fee, but reading on I found that visas were FREE for anyone going to the World Cup! Score! True I just purchased it but hell that’s $160 savings!

Excited I filled out the online form, printed out the receipt, glued the pic, singed it, printed a copy of the FIFA page showing I bought the tickets and prepared to go to the Brazilian embassy in the morning.  Long story short here, I got there at 10am (they only process visas from 10am – 12pm) waited 1 hour only to find out the FIFA conformation was the wrong document they needed the email they sent me back in Oct!  Oh well, looks like I will be coming back another day.

Well today is the day. I got to the embassy at 9:00am because last time there were 30 people ahead of me. Not making that mistake again.  Got my number and sat down to wait with all my paperwork all ready!

Visa Paperwork

30 minutes later my number was called. 1 minute 30 seconds later the nice lady behind the counter had taken my info and given me a receipt to pick up my passport on the 18th. Quick and efficient, love it! Much easier than getting my Visa in Laos!

OK now its time to find a place to stay!

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