The Brazil evisa process is a new system introduced by the Brazilian government a few years ago. It was produced to expedite the process of entrants into the country, encourage the convenience of coming to Brazil in order to spur the development of tourism, and transfer government services to more seamless, digital platforms. Brazil E- visas do, however, have their pros and cons when comparing it to the alternative Brazilian Visa process: the paper-backed, snail mail-bound, traditional visa application process. The pros of applying for a visa via Brazil E-visa, despite the cons, are far more convenient, expedient, and simple than the old process, but it’s important to know what the cons are; preparing for the possible downsides to the Brazil E-visa will help take advantage of its overall benefit.
The Traditional Brazil Visa Process still exists. Do not use it, barring a few exceptions
Here are a few ways that the physical, mail visa process fails to be useful to the average traveler, and the seldom cases in which it may be preferred:
First, why it may be preferred. If the visa applicant is applying for a long-term visa, and has plenty of time for the process to run through its perpetually slow and painstaking mill, than the physical process is preferred. It takes months, but it grants the visa applicant longer visas, and it is nearly guaranteed to be received by the visa applicant, eventually.
It would be a mistake, though, to choose this process over the E-visa process for the purpose of acquiring a longer visa. The easier way to do this would be to first receive an E-visa, and then apply for an extension once in Brazil, either in person, online, or on the person, in which case one can state the case for a longer visa and receive the same chance of the application’s approval.
The traditional process, from the time that it is sent via postal mail to the Brazilian embassy to the time the applicant receives the paperwork, takes months, minimum. It usually takes somewhere between four to six months. The worst part is that the applicant would only know how long it really took if it took too long, and the applicant didn’t receive the visa while on the way into the country. This is because this is how the traditional visa application process is arranged: the applicant receives the paperwork at the airport, at the day of travel. There’s then no way of knowing whether there was an error in the application process until it is too late. And when it’s too late, it’s not only too late to cancel or reschedule travel plans, but it is even too late to avoid an unnecessary and frustrating trip to the airport.
In addition to this, the traditional visa application process requires the applicant to send their own passport along with the rest of the paperwork to be held by the government for the entirety of the application process, which again, can take up to six months to complete. This, potentially, could be an indescribably large inconvenience to some travelers, and at the very least a huge inconvenience to everyone who likes to ensure the security of such important documents such as their passports by keeping it in their physical possession, or locked up somewhere accessible. This is such an outdated system that it is not verifiable to send a scan or photocopy of the passport. This should be all one needs to hear to hit the last nail on the coffin when it comes to choosing between physical or digital E-visa when planning a visit to Brazil.
The E-Visa Process has some difficulties, but overall remains a breeze
Hopefully, the government improves on the aspects of the E-visa process that can slow things down for some applicants — or for others, invalidate them altogether.
First, there are problems with the application’s ability to detect the validity of the identity of a person as the applicant in a photo. In many cases, a photo of the quality and resolution worthy of a passport photo can be taken at a local pharmacy or drug store for a small price. But for some reason, the standard of photo quality is higher with the Brazil E- visa application process than the passport photo process, so often times, the passport photo is inadequate. Thus, applicants struggle to find the proper camera setting, background, dimensions, and resolutions that are deemed sufficient by the Brazil E- visa application. This sometimes necessitates the hiring of a third party company to assist the applicant with the entirety of the process; this is not the only barrier. Though not often the case, this can pose a huge inconvenience for a supposedly convenient system.
The Brazil E-visa process has other shortcomings, though. There has been found to be a unjustifiably high variance in the amount of time is required for a Brazil E-visa process to be completed. When one is pressed for time, this can be extremely unnerving. Some reports have stated that the process took as long as a little under a month to complete and approve an applicant. If someone was planning to have it within two weeks, which is the usual amount of time it takes, then their travel plans are going to be either cancelled or postponed. In other cases, follow-ups with the department in charge of processing these E-visa applications have been unable to find applicants that have sent their applications in with everything legitimate, thereby forcing them to reapply. Again, if in a time crunch, this can prove to be devastating.
The only other setback with the Brazil E-visa process has already been improving, but used to be a larger problem than it is now. This is that the website’s functionality was inefficient. The causes of these inefficiencies were unknown, but the site was known to periodically crash or fail to submit forms filled out by the applicant. Again, this has improved, but this occurs from time to time.
Even with all that being said, the Brazil E-visa process is usually extremely efficient. The forms on the website take no more than half an hour to fill out, and if everything is done right, an email is sent with the visa attached as a PDF. This is several times easier than the alternative. Just be aware of the possible insolvencies, and plan to apply for the E-visa as soon as possible.