Brazil Now Offers a One-Year Digital Nomad Visa

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Brazil Now Offers a One-Year Digital Nomad Visa

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
  • Passport
  • 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.

Image of map showing Brazilian consulate locations and jurisdictions in USA to help you apply for digital nomad visa

Why Now?

“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.

Ryan Smith
Travel hacker in 2-player mode, intent on visiting every country in the world, and can say "hello" or "how much does this cost?" in a bunch of different languages.

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  1. This is interesting. Thanks for writing about it. The article notes that the visa can be extended for a second year, but I’m curious if this visa could lead to permanent residency or citizenship. I would imagine more people would be interested if they did not were not forced to pick up their bags and leave after a year or so, or at least have the option in case they decide that they really like Brazil.

    • Rob – since this is not a residency visa, I don’t think so. You could potentially apply for residency later on, but that typically requires either a family situation or a job in Brazil–not online elsewhere. Without a residency visa and being in Brazil for 4 years (or less if you’re married to a Brazilian), you can’t apply for citizenship. I got Brazilian citizenship after living there and being married to my wife, so I’m pretty familiar with the process. I am pretty sure the way the digital nomad visa is set up will not lead to residency or citizenship.

      • The digital nomad visa could lead to … a wife. Residency and citizenship might be easier next door in Paraguay.


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