If you decide to leave Argentina in search of (more) adventure, Brazil offers a vast array of great options just to the north. You can choose to head to the beaches and nightlife of Rio de Janeiro or Florianopolis, or the wonders of the Amazon rainforest, or the tons of other options in between. But, for the American citizen, heading to Brazil is not as easy as simply buying a plane or bus ticket.
In order to cross the border, Americans (and others) must first apply for a travel visa. This can be done by heading to the Brazilian Consulate. So if you are in Buenos Aires and have decided to add Brazil to your travel itinerary, here is a quick rundown on how to make the visa application process as painless as possible:
First, head to the Brazilian Consulate before 1pm on a weekday.
Carlos Pelligrini 1363, 5th floor
Make sure to bring your passport and passport sized photo. Once you have arrived, you will go to a computer station where you will fill out the visa application. Be sure to know the address where you are staying in Argentina as well as the address and phone number of your Brazilian destination, as well as the dates you will be in Brazil.
Once the form is filled out, you will head to drop off the form, your passport, and your photo at one of the windows in the consulate. You must have a valid Passport. If your travel visa to Argentina has expired, you will not be able to even apply for the Brazilian visa.
Once the consulate worker has deemed you “fit to apply” for the visa and collected your passport, form, and photo, they will hand you a receipt which also instructs you where you must go to pay the mandatory $331.25 peso application fee (in cash). This fee must be paid within 48 hours or the application will be rejected. My advice would be to head straight to the bank indicated on the receipt once you exit the consulate, since it is only a couple blocks away, close to the corner of Santa Fe and Suipacha.
After you have paid your fee and remembered to keep the bank receipt as well as your receipt from the consulate, you have three days to wait until you can pick up the visa. It is very important to remember that the consulate has your passport, so make sure you are not planning to head out of the Argentina in that three day time window.
Once three business days have passed, you can head back to the Brazilian consulate between 4pm and 6pm and (hopefully) grab your approved visa application with minimal hassle. Now go brush up on your Portuguese!