World Youth Day pilgrims not required to pay for Brazil visa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov 16, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 said pilgrims and volunteers who have proof of registration in the event will be able to enter Brazil without having to pay for a visa.

Expected to draw hundreds of thousands next summer, the global youth event scheduled for July 23-28  in which Pope Benedict XVI is slated to attend.

The organizers announced that in order to obtain a free visa, attendees will need to present a form that can be obtained from the website of Brazil’s Ministry for Foreign Relations, along with their passport or equivalent document, and proof of registration received from event organizers.

The free visa will be valid for 90 days and can be obtained up to July 28, 2013. Volunteers can obtain an extended visa that will be valid for up to one year.

The application can be found at: http://www.portalconsular.mre.gov.br/.

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