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CPF BRAZIL FOR FOREIGNERS: HOW TO GET A CPF IN BRAZIL FOR TOURISTS

Getting a CPF Brazil for foreigners can be confusing get, so we are laying out the process here for you on how to get a CPF for foreigners in Brazil the fastest way. Getting a CPF or Cadastro de Pessoa Física in Brazil is important, even if you’re just a tourist.

You will need it to do almost anything in Brazil, and the CPF in Brazil can be compared to having the Social Security Number or the National ID in Europe.

You’ll need the CPF in Brazil even as a foreigner to get a Brazilian sim card, send packages, get gym memberships, rent bikes, or in some cases, rent apartments. In our case, we needed a CPF to apply and get the CIVP or Certificado Internacional de Vacinação ou Profilaxia.

This is the National Vaccination card in Brazil. We had our Yellow Fever Vaccine in Brazil in preparation for our trip to Colombia, because it’s a requirement to have. In any case, we were staying in Brazil for 90 days, and there’s just no way for us to get around doing a lot of things without a CPF so we’d have to give in.

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WHERE TO STAY IN BRAZIL

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There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from Brazil. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Brazil. 

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Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

Here are 2 ways how to get the CPF Brazil for foreigners.

GETTING YOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH THE RECEITA FEDERAL SITE

The fastest way to get a CPF Brazil for foreigners is to do it through the Receita Federal. It’s the local legal body in Brazil that processes legal documents. Here’s what you need to do:

First, you’ll need to get a schedule online to get the CPF. Get the schedule by going to this link. You’ll see the screen below when you open the link. Accept it, and go through the process of scheduling.

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You’ll need a local’s CPF and phone number when making the schedule. So for us, we did it using our AirBnb host’s details. If you happen to be in the Receita Federal, one of the guards will help you with their CPF and details so you can make the scheduling. But it’s easier to do it in with any locals in your hostel/hotel.

Once you get your final schedule, you’ll need to keep the confirmation because you’ll have to show it once you’re in the Receita Federal Office.

WHERE TO FIND THE RECEITA FEDERAL IN SAO PAOLO:

R. Avelino Lopes, 170 – Centro, Osasco – SP, 06090-902

WHERE TO FIND THE RECEITA FEDERAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO:

Península Corporate – Av. João Cabral de Mello Neto, 400 – 11º Andar – Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22775-057

WHERE TO FIND THE RECEITA FEDERAL IN SALVADOR DE BAHIA:

Av. Luís Viana Filho, 3329 – Paralela, Salvador – BA, 41730-101

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PAYING THE CPF BRAZIL FOR FOREIGNERS FEE IN CORREOS

Once you have the schedule, go to the nearest Brazilian Correos (Brazilian post office) and pay for the CPF application. This costs 7 Reais per person which is roughly a dollar and a half. Keep the receipt because you’ll need to present it in the Receita Federal.

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GOING TO RECEITA FEDERAL TO GET YOUR CPF FOR FOREIGNERS

Go to Receita Federal on the date of your schedule and wait til they flash the number of your appointment to the TV screen inside the office. It should tell you which table to go to.

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Rachel talking to the Receita Federal employee.

Once you’re with the officer, you’ll just need to show your passport and fill out a document, and you’ll get your CPF Brazil in a few minutes. In this photo, you’re communicating with someone on the computer due to Covid restrictions.

Rachel took a little bit more time, and needed to show her son’s birth certificate to show proof that she’s the parent. She got a CPF for both of them.

There you go. Now you’re ready with your CPF for foreigners in Brazil. It took a few days because you’ll need to get a schedule based on the availability of the Receita Federal, however, the process is very straightforward.

It’ll make your life easier while traveling in Brazil when you have your CPF because then you’ll be allowed to process many things.

CPF FOR FOREIGNERS bRAZIL: PROCESSING YOUR CPF ONLINE

We did encounter this process of getting the CPF Brazil for foreigners online, and we also tried to do it this way while waiting for our appointment with the Receita Federal in case it’s faster this way.

In our experience, it was taking several days, without an assurance when. And we needed to make sure to get our CPF Brazil because we need it to apply for our CIVP.

Fill out the registration for the CPF Application in this link.

You will see the following screen once you choose your home country.

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Once you complete the process and get the PDF application form filled out, you can send it, along with a photo of your passport, and a selfie photo of you holding your passport to this email: [email protected]

When we did this, they will respond to you with the next email to send your requirements to. It can take a day or several days to get your CPF.

However, our schedule with Receita Federal came first, before we actually got the CPF through this process. But both processes can work apparently.

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Once you’ll have your own CPF Brazil for foreigners, you’ll have easier access to doing a lot of things, and to sign up for services while you’re in Brazil.

Hope this article helped you a lot in getting your CPF for foreigners in Brazil. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions if you have anything!

Have fun on your trip to Brazil!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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