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September 24, 2009

Brazil Visa Backlog could impact your cruise!

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If you are planning a trip or cruise vacation to South America this winter book now. If your trip includes Brazil, and you live in the West, you better be sure to apply for a visa far in advance.

A report has marked a slowdown in visa processing at Brazil's Los Angeles consulate office and this could cause problems for thousands of cruisers heading to South America in the coming months.

Brazil's Los Angeles consulate handles visa applications from California, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. That represents a significant percentage of cruisers nationwide.

The head of the National Assoication of Passport and Visa Services states the slowdown is "severe and it hit at the worst time. We're not at the point of no return, but we're getting close." That means as a worst case, if passengers are unable to get visas lines may have to bypass Brazil this winter.

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If you're planning on visiting South America this winter there are many cruises that don't include Brazil, focusing on Argentina and Chile cruising around Cape Horn. View South America cruise specials now!

Written by Denise Blackmore

Posted by Denise at September 24, 2009 10:31 AM
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