The FIFA World Cup™, is the largest single-event sporting competition in the world. The 2014 tournament will be the 20th FIFA World Cup and will take place in Brazil in 12 different cities (Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Salvador). An estimated 3.3 million tickets have or will be sold.
If you are among the thousands of Americans (est. 155,000 plus) heading to Brazil this summer (June 12 to July 13) for the World Cup, you will need a visa. If you are traveling on a U.S. passport, you will need either a Special FIFA World Cup Tourist Visa (Vitur) or a normal Tourist Visa to enter Brazil. The $160 Consulate processing fee is waived for a Special FIFA World Cup Tourist Visa if you have proof of ticket purchase from FIFA. Many people applying for a visa to attend the World Cup have experienced difficulty with “proving” that they have a ticket for the games. If you lack proof of purchase of a ticket in your name, you can apply for a normal Tourist Visa.
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