Brazilians abroad: 4 new rules that make things easier or more difficult

In view of new regulations, working or studying abroad can be easier than you had imagined. Or not.

Travelling abroad, for tourism, to study or work, has never been easy. However, some new regulations can help you make your dream come true. Other rules can make things difficult for you!
With so many different processes to follow when travelling abroad, the first thing you should do is learning about what you will need in order to get to your destination. In Mercosur countries, for example, you can travel using your Brazilian ID document only. However, Brazilians cannot enter the United States without a tourist or work visa.

New rules apply (or are about to become enforceable) and change travelling requirements to certain countries, regardless of the purpose of the trip: tourism, studying or working. You should learn about what is necessary for your destination and keep up to date with news about the subject.

Traveling requirements can change any time and if you are not aware of the changes you may have to deal with the consequences. To avoid travelling issues, learn more about the most recent changes and have a nice trip!

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What is it?
The Hague Apostille Convention is an international agreement that facilitates document legalization and influences applications for dual citizenship. Before the treaty became effective in 2016, documents had to be certified in the country of origin, the certification had to be checked by foreign authorities, documents had to be submitted to a Brazilian representation, submitted to Itamaraty, translated by a sworn translator and, finally, certified in a Brazilian Notary’s Office. Now, Notary’s Offices in the capitals of each Brazilian state can draft an Apostille. This process requires a stamp from the authority of the country of origin of the document.

Has this new process made things easier or more difficult?
It has definitely made things easier because several document processing steps have been eliminated. With the change, foreign companies can make investments in Brazil more easily, students abroad will be able to validate certificates more quickly, international law suits will be expedited, and foreigners living in Brazil (or Brazilians living abroad) will be able to attest documents in less time.


What is it?
During election campaigns, United States president Donald Trump made it clear he would tighten up immigration rules. One change has already been confirmed: applicants will have 12, and not 48 months, to renew their tourist visa without having to attend a new interview. Also, only applicants under 14 and above 79 years old are exempted from the interview.
Additionally, for applicants wishing to work in the United States with the H-1B visa, the president intends to reduce the number of this type of visa to increase the wages of North-Americans. However, this has not been confirmed yet.

Has this new process made things easier or more difficult?
Things have got much more difficult for those who wish to travel to or live in the country. The good news is that tourist visa criteria remain unchanged and you can still apply for a work visa while president Trump’s intentions are not put into practice.


What is it?
In 2016, Canada, which is a popular destination for those who want to study abroad, has announced it will relax entry rules for Brazilians. Starting on May 1st, 2017, the Canadian government waived visa requirements for Brazilians who already have a valid United States visa or that have had a temporary resident visa in Canada for the last 10 years. If that is your case, you should only apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization), at a cost of seven Canadian dollars.

Has this new process made things easier or more difficult?
Visa exemption is already effective (from May 1st, 2017) and has facilitated the entry of Brazilians who want to attend an exchange program, do business, visit the country for tourism or transit through a Canadian airport.


What is it?
Baggage charges are already very common in airports around the world and lots of Brazilians have questions about it. Up to March 1st, 2017, passengers had a baggage allowance of up to 23 kg (one piece) in domestic flights and up to 32 kg (two pieces each) in international flights, in addition to a hand luggage of 5 kg. According to the new rule approved by Anac, baggage allowances are only valid for a hand luggage of 10 kg and extra charges will apply for other pieces of luggage. This is intended to encourage competition among airline companies and to reduce the price of air tickets.
To be sure about the new rules, contact your airline company.

Has this new process made things easier or more difficult?
It depends. If your air ticket gets cheaper and you are an economical traveller, this new rule can be good for you. However, airline companies have kept the charges and this has been a source of frustration to some travellers who need to check out their bags.

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