Unless your child is a national of a country exempted from the need for a Brazil tourist visa, you will need to apply for a visa for him or her much in the same way you will apply for yours. The same documents will need to be presented and applicable fees are the same as for an adult.
American citizens can find detailed information about the necessary documents for obtaining a Brazil tourist visa online. For the most accurate and updated information possible, check the list of Brazil Consulates in the U.S. (www.brasilemb.org) and contact the one whose jurisdiction you live in.
Non-American citizens living in the United States must look for a different page with pertinent visa information for themselves and their children on Brazilian Consulate websites.
Some additional requirements apply specifically to Brazil visa applications for children. The Consulate General of Brazil in Boston (www.consulatebrazil.org) has this list of special requirements for U.S. citizens applying for Brazil visas for minors under 18:
- Both parents must sign the visa application form.
- The child's original birth of certificate or a certified copy must be presented.
- Parents must provide a notarized travel authorization letter, even if both parents are traveling with the child.
- In order to apply for a Brazil visa for a child aged between three months and six years, parents also need to present a certificate of vaccination against polio.
According to the Brazilian Consulate in Boston, a slightly different set of requirements applies to Brazil visa applications for children of non-U.S. citizens.
Brazil Health Advisory for Children
Brazil has endemic areas for yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever. Of the three diseases, the only one for which there is an effective vaccine is yellow fever. While Brazil recommends vaccination for travelers to endemic areas, infants under nine months of age should not be vaccinated against yellow fever.
Before traveling with children to Brazil, discuss your travel plans with your child's pediatrician.