Brazil’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australian Citizens

Brazil’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australian Citizens
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Raphael Nogueira on Unsplash.

Beautiful beaches, warm weather, Carnaval, friendly people and a laid-back lifestyle… there’s lots to love about Brazil. And now, if you’re an Australian aged 18-30 years old, you could experience life in Brazil for up to a year thanks to the country’s new working holiday visa agreement with Australia!

With a Brazilian Work and Holiday visa (“visto de trabalho e férias” in Portuguese), up to 500 eligible young Australians per year can stay for up to 12 months in Brazil. During this time, working holiday makers may undertake work to supplement the cost of their holiday. However, they may not work for the same employer for more than six months.

It is also permitted to study in Brazil for up to 3 months, and it’s possible to leave and re-enter the country an unlimited number of times while the visa remains valid.

This agreement came into effect on 1 July 2022, providing a great opportunity for Australians wanting to learn Portuguese. From the same date, up to 500 Brazilian citizens annually could also apply for a Work and Holiday (462) visa in Australia. (However, this quota was already filled by Brazilian applicants for the 2022-23 season within weeks of applications opening.)

This page contains information about the Brazil Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 22 July 2022.

This is a new visa and there are still some things about the application process that are not yet known. We’ll update this page as more information becomes available. (If you’ve applied for this visa, please let us know in the comments below!)

Key facts about Brazil

  • Population: Approx. 215 million
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Capital city: Brasília
  • Largest cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte
  • Currency: Brazilian real (BRL)
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Nathana Rebouças on Unsplash.

Brazil Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Brazil offers working holiday visas to citizens of France, Germany and New Zealand.

The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check with the relevant Brazilian embassy or consulate for information applicable to citizens of other countries.

To apply for a Brazil Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Hold an onward travel ticket from Brazil or sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket
  • Have enough savings to support yourself initially during your stay in Brazil (as a rough guide, you probably should have at least AUD5,000)
  • Meet Brazil’s health and character requirements
  • Hold comprehensive travel insurance covering medical and hospitalisation costs which is valid for your entire stay in Brazil

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have already participated in a working holiday program in Brazil

More information is available in the memorandum of understanding signed between Australia and Brazil in 2022. This document is publicly available on Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations website.

How to apply for a Brazilian Work and Holiday Visa

Australians can submit an application for a Brazilian Work and Holiday visa (type VITEM VI) directly with either the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra or at any Brazilian consulate in Australia. You may be able to book an appointment online with the embassy in Canberra or consulate-general in Sydney.

Before attending an appointment, you may need to complete a visa application form and bring this, along with all required documentation, your passport and a passport-sized photo to your appointment.

The Brazilian embassy in Australia is located in Canberra. For the contact details of other Brazilian consulates in Australia, see the DFAT website.

A visa fee applies.

The visa will be valid for 12 months from the date the visa is issued (which is not necessarily the date that you’ll arrive in Brazil).

For more information about this visa and to make an appointment to submit your visa application, please contact the relevant Brazilian mission in Australia. There currently does not appear to be any information about this visa on the Brazilian embassy’s website, but you could email [email protected] for enquiries relating to visas for foreign nationals travelling to Brazil. (See the Brazil embassy website for more contact information.)

Arriving in Brazil

It is a Brazilian government requirement that you would need to register with the nearest Federal Police office within 90 days of arrival in Brazil.

If you wish to obtain paid employment in Brazil, you also will need to request a labor and social security booklet from any office of the relevant Brazilian authority. This is available upon presentation of your passport and proof of registration with the Federal Police.

While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!

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