Rules for Polish people
To legally enter Brazil Poles officially are not required to have a visa. You only need a passport and a face that won’t look like an illegal immigrant with a life sentence in “temporary suspense”. During the passport control, they might ask for the aim or time of stay, but generally, there shouldn’t be problems with that. Then they stick a stamp with the date and write in there a “90”. Or well, they could write something else too, so you might wanna check it, cause that “90” is supposed to mean the maximum of 90 days you can legally stay in their country on the touristic entrance. So if you see there a 20, it means you’ll be packing quicker than you’d have planned most definitely and it’s important to take it into account.
How to deal financially
I personally did not have any problems with restrictions of my stay and have come to Brazil legally two times already. Both times with the correct annotations. The problem with a touristic entry is only that officially you can’t work here then, so I recommend freelance solutions or following my steps selling services type “I know English, don’t let me starve”. More about that you can read in the post What I’m doing in Brazil
What when the visa is expiring – my adventure renewing the visa
In order to renew the visa, you’ve got to go to the building of Police Federal and there hand in the correct application together with the documentation. Ah, nothing easier than that, because of course, all of us love bureaucracy, don’t we? We love huge queues, the paperwork, wasting whole days trying to obtain something, going back and forth every time returning with nothing just because there’s one detail missing in the papers or because they’re closing exactly when our turn arrives. Who doesn’t love that?! …exactly.
One solution to the bureaucratic issue
Around two weeks ago I discovered that in Brazil – although the bureaucracy is claimed to be as impossible as it can only get – there’s a solution for that, for those ones of us who don’t love it quite as much as the others 😉 – retirement.
Okay, that sounds like a joke considering the majority of people who need to deal with all the trouble of visiting the offices are generally young more often than not, but this is precisely the point! There are hardly any retired people trying to get something fixed, get their visa renewed or their passport ready and so it seems that being retired makes you a priority case!
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I should wait to renew my visa until I am 65 years old, but it could mean going to Police Federal to solve this issue with my boyfriend’s dad instead of with Leo himself I spared myself an infinite amount of waiting and trouble, as the guy at the gate seeing an elder like him immediately directed us to a priority (nonexistent) queue even having been explained that it’s actually me that needs help, not him. That meant we were attended right away and directly sent to the right floor that takes care of the renewal.
And then… then I saw this huge mass of people one on another, all of them with small tickets stating their numbers and waiting for it to be their turn… The priority queue at the gate saved me from nothing I thought.
My disappointment though lasted maybe a minute, as before we could even think of where to obtain a ticket there was already a guy asking Toninho what he needed and directing us to a window skipping the whole line of people. – We were attended right away again and then again and in the end, we managed to get out of there within.. maybe 20 mins. WOW.
To get the visa extension
As for the visa itself I did not obtain it this time around cause it’s too early – my current visa is still valid until the 9th of July – but I got what I went there for: the important information.
It turns out that the renewal is possible but only for the next 77 days instead of the full 90 because of my previous stay here for those two weeks in December and in order to stay I need…
– a credit card (that I do not own) and
– a ticket back home (that I have not bought OBVIOUSLY cause I hadn’t known if they would extend my stay or not).
In the end though it is all good, cause – again – having a resident of Brazil with me we were just handed in a paper that was stating he was endorsing my stay here and taking the responsibility for me and then the woman just explained to us that we need to come back with this paper signed again at the end of June and bring a copy of a flight reservation that would confirm I am going back to Poland at the right time (“confirm”, cause it’s just a reservation and doesn’t have to be an actually bought ticket, which makes it safer in case I didn’t get the renewal after all). For now, everything’s settled then and I can sleep in peace.
Lesson of the day: Brazilian bureaucracy made easy – don’t go alone! Get yourself some retired company 😉