Brazil Now Offers a One-Year Digital Nomad Visa
Those interested in working remotely from Brazil are in luck, because the country has approved a one-year digital nomad visa. Brazil’s National Immigration Council of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security passed the measure on January 24, 2022 and included the ability to extend the visa for a second year.
To be eligible for the visa, you must apply at a Brazilian embassy or consulate overseas and meet the application requirements there. For the digital nomad visa, the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago lists the following documents needed for the application:
- Application form
- Passport photo
- Round-trip ticket
- Proof of residence in the jurisdiction of the Consulate you’re applying at
- Birth certificate
- FBI background check dated within 90 days
- Employment contract
- Health insurance that says it’s valid in Brazil
- Proof of means of subsistence: either $1,500 in monthly pay or $18,000 in your bank account
- $290 application fee
To see application forms and which consulate applies to where you live, check here.
You should also remember that Brazil requires proof of vaccination for foreigners to enter. Though this isn’t requested in the list of documents from the Consulate, you will need to show this to board your flight and go through passport control.
“We welcome with great enthusiasm this new regulation that meets a worldwide trend and will allow foreigners to work from Brazil for companies based in other countries, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, among many others,” said Carlos Brito, president of Embratur, Brazil’s international tourism promotion agency.
Brito added that foreigners living in Brazil as digital nomads will explore the country, spending money on transportation, meals, lodging, and touristic activities. Brazil sees this as a means to meet a popular new trend in work while also using it to have foreign money spent in Brazil.
From Personal Experience
I lived in Brazil for over 5 years. If you are considering this, I highly recommend it. You can eat at a typical lunch buffet for $3-$5 every day. While Brazil is experiencing a rough period of inflation, the exchange rate from Dollar to Real more than makes up for it.
Long-term Airbnb rentals are negotiable on price in numerous locations in Brazil. The longer you stay, the better the price you can negotiate with the host. Additionally, there are numerous hotels you can stay at on points. Domestic flights on some routes are so cheap that I didn’t redeem miles and just paid cash. For others, all of the typical points & miles currencies are usable for traveling around Brazil.
In terms of cost-of-living, the north and northeast of Brazil are cheaper than the far south. In major cities like Rio and São Paulo, it totally depends on which area you live in. Costs range from uber-cheap to exorbitant.