Tours in Bahia, Brazil's most historic state, where the African heritage has been kept alive and thriving, are a great way to enhance your vacation in Brazil. There are close to 90 Travel Agencies in Salvador Bahia that offer a wide range of tourist activities however most do not have an internet presence (no emails or web sites) so it is difficult to plan online. One site that does offer travel and tour advice in great detail is www. Salvador Bahia Villa Rental .com.
Below you will find our Travel information and Tips:
5 Top Tips!!!
- The summer on the northern hemisphere is winter in Brazil and vise versa. Make sure you check the local weather at your travel destination!
- Carry a photocopy of your passport when shopping as proof of citizenship and identification.
- Don't walk around with an expensive camera, jewelry or watch, unless you're in an obviously safe area (somewhere with a police presence, for example). It could make you a target of thieves.
- Learn some Portuguese. For example, Say oi (sounds like boy without the (b) for "hello" and tchau (chow) for "goodbye." Por favor is "please" and onde e (ON-jee eh) is "where is." Men and women say "thank you" differently: He says obrigado (oh-bree-GAH-doh) and she says obrigada (oh-bree-GAH-dah).
- Taxis Are plentiful as is the usual advise about negotiating in advance if you don't see or trust the meter.
- Nervous about traveling alone? Don't be, the great thing about heading off on your own is that you are far more likely to meet new people, which has to be one of the great things about traveling in the first place. Don't be nervous, just make sure people back home know what you're up to and how they can get in touch with you.
Requirements - What you need!!!
According to the Government of the United States of America, Foreign entry requirements are as follows:
In BRAZIL, *Passport and visa required. Tourist visas are issued within 24 hours if the applicant submits in person. Visas valid for multiple entries within 5 years from date of first entry for a stay of 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, and proof of onward/return transportation. There is a processing fee of $100 for tourist. 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. Minors (under 18) traveling alone, with one parent or with a third party, must present written authorization by the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel alone, with one parent or with a third party. This authorization must be notarized, authenticated by the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate, and translated into Portuguese. For information about business visas, contact the Brazilian Embassy (Consular Section), 3009 Whitehaven St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/238-2828) or nearest Consulate: CA (323/651-2664 or 415/981-8170), FL (305/285-6200), IL (312/464-0244), MA (617/542-4000), NY (917/777-7777) or TX (713/961-3063). Internet: www.brasilemb.org
PASSPORTS: U.S. citizens who travel to a country where a valid U.S. passport is not required will need documentary evidence of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Proof of U.S. citizenship includes an expired U.S. passport, a certified (original) birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. To prove identity, a valid driverís license or government identification card are acceptable provided they identify you by physical description or photograph. However, for travel overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., a valid U.S. passport is the best documentation available and unquestionably proves your U.S. citizenship.
Before you send your passport through the mail to apply for a visa, sign it in ink, and write in pencil your current address and daytime telephone number in the space provided. This will help the U.S. Postal Service return it to you should it become separated from the envelope during processing.
VISAS: 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. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPRIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit.
To Read more about FOREIGN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS see: http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
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