Ensure you have a valid U.S. passport. If your passport will expire before or during your trip, renew it now. Don’t forget to sign your passport – in ink – and complete the emergency information page. Note: To be issued a Brazilian visa, your passport must be valid for at least six months after the date you submit it for a visa. You should apply for a new U.S. passport if your passport’s date of expiration is prior to January 14, 2015.
Obtain a Brazilian visa. U.S. citizens are required to have a visa for travel to Brazil. Visas for U.S. citizens normally are valid for 10 years and cost $160. However, ticket holders for World Cup Games are eligible for a temporary special visa, free of charge. You must apply for your visa through the Brazilian Consulate in the United States that is closest to where you live. Apply for your visa well in advance, as processing will likely take longer the closer it gets to the Games!
If you’re a parent traveling solo with a child (or children) under the age of 16, we recommend taking along a completed DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” form(s), signed by the other parent and notarized no more than 90 days before you depart. This will be a big help in the event your child’s passport is lost while you’re in Brazil.
Check your overseas medical insurance coverage to ensure you are covered abroad and that you have coverage for medical evacuation in the event of a health emergency. Medical capacity and infrastructure in certain areas of Brazil, including some host cities, are untested in handling the volume of visitors expected for the games.
Enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This will enable the Embassy to keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements, and help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.
Visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information page on travel to Brazil.