Before you travel

The professor or researcher that will be receiving you at Unicamp must provide an invitation letter that you will need in order to get a visa.

Invitation Letter Template 1 | Invitation Letter Template 2

How to obtain the visa

Check with Consulates and Embassy of Brazil in your country the requirements and related fees in order to get a visa.

Brazilian embassies and consulates | Travel tips


Types of Visas:

Target Activities Visa Category Residence period Observations
Professors, Researchers, Scientists university visits; conferences, seminars, workshops or meetings Tourist 90 days 1- It only allows the visitors to receive amount for subsistence expenses or reimbursement of subsistence expenses while in Brazil
Professors, Researchers, Scientists Mission for Studies and Scientific-Technological Cooperation without employment contract Temporary Up to 2 years 1- I allows to receive research brazilian scholarship2- visas up to 90 days allows to receive labor compensation (pro labore)
Student Undergradute or Graduate Temporary Up to 1 year 1- students without scholarships must prove you have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while studying in Brazil
 Aperfeiçoamento profissional Temporary Up to 1 year non-extendable 1- To follow reciprocity with the foreign country
Professional Training Immediately proceed with the completion of higher education or vocational Temporary Up to 1 year non-extendable 1 – To follow reciprocity with the foreign country;2- it not allows to receive any payments in Brasil. The source of payment should be abroad.
Medical Residence Health Professionals Temporary Up 2 years non-extendable 1- The application must be done by the institution at the Brazilian Ministry of Labour.2- Own resources, study scholarships  or Cultural Agreement
Technician, service provider, Volunteer, Specialist, Scientist and Researcher, supported by an International Cooperation Agreement Develop activities with official entities, private or non-governmental Temporary Up 2 years non-extendable 1- Prove you have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while in Brazil.2- The visa must be resquested in the country of origin.


Tipping is optional in Brazil, and in most cases it is not expected, although many restaurants already include the value in the bill. The amount you tip is up to you, but usually the value goes around 10% and 15%.

Time Zones

Brazil uses 4 different time zones: UTC/GMT -2 in some islands, such as Fernando de Noronha; UTC/GMT -3 in most of the country, including states of the South, Southeast and Northeast and the disctrict of Brasília; UTC/GMT -4 in the states of Central-west and most of North; UTC/GMT -5 in the state of Acre and 13 cities of Amazonas, both North states. Daylight Saving Time (add one hour) starts at the third Sunday of October and ends at the third Sunday of February, only in the states of Central-west, Southeast and South.

Electrical Goods and Voltage

There isn’t a national standard voltage for domestic use in Brazil, but usually it is used either 110 or 220 volts. The standard sockets in Brazil are 2 or 3 round pins. Adaptors can be bought in your country and it is highly recommended to buy them before the arrival in Brazil.

Weights and Measures

Brazil uses the metric system of weighs and measures. Speed and distance are measured in kilometers (km), weight in kilograms (kg), volume in litres (l) and temperature in degrees Celsius (ºC).