From the list of 60 countries where you can travel visa-free from the Philippines, Brazil pops out as one of them. And if you are planning of visiting the country sometime soon, either to see the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue or be there when the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro happens, a careful study of the budget and documents is to be considered first before embarking on this journey.
According to articles from Travel Book, GMA Network, and When In Manila, a Filipino (Philippine resident), who wants to visit Brazil can enter the country visa-free for 90 days (for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports, visa-free for (a) duration of tour of duty or (b) 180 days for official business or tourism). You may call Brazil Embassy in Manila on their hotline (02) 845-3651/52/53 to confirm.
Documents you must carry
- Philippine passport with not less than 6 months validity (spoiled, damaged, or defaced passport will not be accepted by the immigration)
- Proof of stay in Brazil (return ticket, hotel accommodation, itinerary, etc.)
And before you embark on your South American city journey, you better consider a lot of things, especially the budget for this trip. Traveling to Brazil is not cheap. Based on the airfare ticket alone, you better start saving up on your piggies if you’re seeing the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.
No direct flights from Manila
First things first. There’s no direct flight from Manila going to Rio de Janeiro. There are several locations for layovers before reaching Brazil. And it’s going to take you in no less than 21 hours, layover time excluded.
Traveling on a shoestring budget? Think again
Second, airfare cost est. 1 person.
Upon checking Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Philippines, only Emirates and Singapore Airlines offers a breakdown of airfare rates (Manila-Rio de Janeiro / Rio de Janeiro-Manila) on their websites and apps. For round trip ticket, Emirates Economy offers USD 3,164.33 or PHP 145,559.18 while SA Economy offers the lowest at USD 5,662.39 or PHP 260,469.94 (based on prevailing USD 1 = PHP 46 currency exchange rate) for travel dates August 5-26, 2015.
As for Skyscanner, the cheapest that this app can suggest is USD 2,246.00 or PHP 103,316.00, 3 stops and multiple airlines (Economy).
Cost of stay in Brazil depends if you’re a backpacker, budget traveler, or has sufficient bank credits for a choice hotel. It will be a welcome sign if you have relatives or know someone in Brazil where you can crash in for the rest of your stay.
HotelQuickly doesn’t have Brazil included on their list yet. Hopefully before the second quarter of the year ends, they can add Brazil on their last-minute hotel booking app list. Surprisingly, Airbnb has a lot of affordable places to choose from that are as low as USD 12.00 to USD 129.00 per night. Although these rates might skyrocket once the 2016 Summer Olympics gets nearer.
So it’s either you can afford the cost or your trip will be sponsored, traveling to Brazil is definitely something worth the stamp on your passport!
Read more about Brazil from Walk With Cham travel blog to get more acquainted before your travel begins.
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