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Passport and Visa Information

This information comes from the US Department of State.

Visa requirements are set by the country you plan to visit. It is your responsibility to check entry requirements with the consular officials of the countries to be visited well in advance of your trip.

If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities and in many instances a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence.

When you're checking with a South American consulate, check into the requirements for health records. You may need to show your HIV/AIDS status, inoculations and other medical records.

Country Visa Requirements Contact Information
Argentina Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days. For information concerning longer stays employment or other types of visas contact the Consular Section of the Argentine Embassy. Argentine Embassy 1718 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20009 (202/238-6460) or the nearest Consulate: CA (213/954-9155) FL (305/373-7794) GA (404/880-0805 IL (312/819-2620) NY (212/603-0400) or TX (713/871-8935). Internet home page - http://www.uic.edu/orgs/argentina
Bolivia Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 30 days. Tourist cards issued upon arrival in Bolivia. A "Defined Purpose Visa" for adoptions business or other travel requires 1 application form 1 photo and $50 fee and company letter explaining purpose of trip. Send SASE for return of passport by mail. For more information contact Embassy of Bolivia (Consular Section) 3014 Mass. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/232-4827 or 4828) or nearest Consulate General: Miami (305/358-3450) New York (212/687-0530) or San Francisco (415/495-5173). (Check special requirements for pets.)
Brazil Passport and visa required. Tourist visas are issued within 24 hours if submitted in person by the applicant. Visas valid for multiple entries within 5 years from date of first entry for a stay up to 90 days (renewable for the same length of stay by the Federal Police in Brazil) requires 1 application form 1 passport size photo proof of onward/return transportation and yellow fever vaccination if arriving from infected area. There is a processing fee of $45 for tourist visas (money order only). There is a $10 service fee for applications sent by mail or by anyone other than applicant. Provide SASE for return of passport by mail. For travel with minor (under age 18) or business visa contact the Embassy. Brazilian Embassy (Consular Section) 3009 Whitehaven St. N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/238-2828) or nearest Consulate: CA (213/651-2664 or 415/981-8170) FL (305/285-6200) IL (312/464-0244) MA (617/542-4000) NY (212/757-3080) PR (809/754-7983) or TX (713/961-3063). Internet home page - http://www.brasil.emb.nw.dc.us
Chile Passport proof onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay up to 3 months may be extended. Entry fee of $45 (US) charged at airport. For other information consult Embassy. Embassy of Chile 1732 Mass. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20036 (202/785-1746 exits. 104 or 110) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/785-0113 and 415/982-7662) FL (305/373-8623) IL (312/654-8780) PA (215/829-9520) NY (212/355-0612) TX (713/621-5853) or PR (787/725-6365).
Colombia Passport and proof of onward/return ticket required for tourist stay up to 30 days. For information about longer stays or business travel contact the Colombian Consulate. Colombian Consulate 1875 Conn. Ave. N.W. Suite 218 Washington D.C. 20009 (202/332-7476) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/382-1137 or 415/495-7191) FL (305/448-5558) GA (404/237-1045) IL (312/923-1196) LA (504/525-5580) MA (617/536-6222) MN (612/933-2408) MO (314/991-3636) OH (216/943-1200 ext. 2530) NY (212/949-9898) PR (809/754-6885) TX (713/527-8919) or WV (304/234-8561). Internet home page - http://www.colombiaemb.org
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Passport and return/onward ticket required for stay up to 90 days. For longer stays or additional information contact the Embassy. Embassy of Ecuador 2535 15th St. N.W. Washington D.C. 20009 (202/234-7166) or nearest Consulate General: CA (213/628-3014 or 415/957-5921) FL (305/539-8214/15) IL (312/329-0266) LA (504/523-3229) MA (617/859-0028) MD (410/889-4435) MI (248-332-7356) NJ (201/985-1700) NV (702/735-8193) NY (212/808-0170/71) PA (215/925-9060) PR (787/723-6572) or TX (713/622-1787).
Falkland Islands Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 6 months for the United Kingdom. Check for Falkland Islands. Consular Section of the British Embassy 19 Observatory Circle N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/588-7800) or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/477-3322) IL (312/346-1810) or NY (212/745-0200). Internet home page - http://www.britain-info.org
French Guiana Proof of U.S. citizenship and photo ID required for visit up to 3 weeks. (For stays longer than 3 weeks a passport is required.) No visa required for stay up to 3 months. Consulate General of France 4101 Reservoir Rd. N.W. Washington D.C. 20007 (202/944-6200). Internet home page - http://www.france.consulate.org
Guyana Passport and onward/return ticket required. Embassy of Guyana 2490 Tracy Pl. N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/265-6900/03) or Consulate General 866 U.N. Plaza 3rd Floor New York NY 10017 (212/527-3215)
Paraguay Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay up to 90 days (extendible). Exit tax $20 (paid at airport). AIDS test required for resident visas. U.S. test sometimes accepted. Embassy of Paraguay 2400 Mass. Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/483-6960)
Peru Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay up to 90 days extendible after arrival. Tourists need onward/return ticket. Business visa requires 1 application form 1 photo company letter stating purpose of trip and $27 fee. Consulate General of Peru 1625 Mass. Ave., N.W. 6th Floor Washington D.C. 20036 (202/462-1084) or nearest Consulate: CA (213/383-9896 and 415/362-5185) FL (305/374-1407) IL (312/853-6173) NY (212/644-2850) PR (809/763-0679) or TX (713/781-5000).
Suriname Passport and visa required. Multiple-entry visa requires 2 application forms 2 photos itinerary and $45 fee. Business visa requires letter from sponsoring company. For rush service an additional $50 fee should be added. Hotel bills in Suriname shall be paid in convertible currencies. For return of passport by mail include appropriate fees for registered mail or Express Mail or enclose SASE. Allow 10 working days for processing. Embassy of the Republic of Suriname Suite 108 4301 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20008 (202/244-7488 and 7490) or the Consulate in Miami (305/593-2163)
Uruguay Passport required. Visa not required for stay up to 3 months. Embassy of Uruguay 1918 F St. N.W., Washington D.C. 20008 (202/331-4219) or nearest Consulate: CA (213/394-5777) FL (305/358-9350) LA (504/525-8354) or NY (212/753-8191/2). Internet home page - http://www.embassy.org/uruguay
Venezuela Passport and tourist card required. Tourist card can be obtained from airlines serving Venezuela no charge valid 90 days cannot be extended. Multiple-entry visa valid up to 1 year extendible available from any Venezuelan Consulate requires $30 fee (money order or company check) 1 application form, 1 photo onward/return ticket proof of sufficient funds and certification of employment. For business visa need letter from company stating purpose of trip, responsibility for traveler name and address of companies to be visited in Venezuela and $60 fee. All travelers must pay departure tax ($12) at airport. Business travelers must present a Declaration of Income Tax in the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury Department) Consular Section of the Embassy of Venezuela 1099 30th Street N.W. Washington DC 20007 (202/342-2214) or the nearest Consulate: CA (415/512-8340) FL (305/577-3834), IL (312/236-9655) LA (504/522-3284) MA (617/266-9355) NY (212/826-1660) PR (809/766-4250/1) or TX (713/961-5141). Internet home page - http://www.emb.avenez-us.gov

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