Great destinations that don’t need a visa

You are planning your vacation and plan to do an exchange to learn English, but do not like complications or bureaucracys , know that there are severaldestinationsthat you do not need a visato travel.

We have made a list of some countries that are easy to travel and do not need to apply for a visa before going, perfect destinations to learn English on your holiday.


When one thinks of England can often come to mind images such as that of Big Ben, Queen Elizabeth or British bands such as the Beatles or Rolling Stones. More than a welcoming land with rich culture and history, Queen’s Land has much to be proud of. It is a reference in education, has the best health system in the world, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

An exchange in England is the certainty of new experiences, able to transform simple activities into something completely new. This country of almost two thousand years will take those who visit you on a tour to attractions that already existed even before the discovery of Brazil with the comfort of today.

Few countries can be proud to have a history like England’s when it comes to education. Its academic tradition of almost a thousand years has gained worldwide recognition, regarding the search for its institutions of excellence by exchange students, as well as in the achievement of awards. There are almost 100 Nobel Prizes in Science and Technology.

With thousands of students coming from all over the world, it becomes impossible not to have contact with different cultures. It’s the opportunity to broaden your worldview and feel like you’re not used to. Another advantage of studying on English soil is its privileged location, which allows you to get to know Paris or Berlin a few hours by flight.

The visa for tourists is not mandatory for those who want to stay a short time on English soil.

This document is delivered upon arrival to the country, still at the airport, and lasts up to six months. For this, it is necessary to have at hand:

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after you enter the country);

– Letter of acceptance from the school, containing course information (if the trip is for study);

– Proof of financial availability to pay your expenses in the period.

– Return pass;

– Address of the place where you will stay;


A country with one of the most striking and magical cultures in Europe, Ireland can be surprising. Pubs are already part of the culture of this country, they are everyone’s meeting point for happy hour, and they characterize well the friendly, cheerful and welcoming style of the Irish people.

The cost of living in Ireland is another attractive thing, buying clothes, food and some entertainment options are very cheap. A country that has had much of its economy focused on agriculture, today gives great importance to industry, trade and tourism.

The Irish are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Due to the large number of exchange students, they are accustomed to dealing with doubts from foreigners and will have patience with any difficulties of English. In addition, it is an extremely safe and dynamic country, with activities to do at different times of the day. Part of this is due to the young population, approximately 40% of Irish people are under 25 years old.

Ireland has a culture and lifestyle found in few places in the world. It is a cultural richness, which is reflected greatly in the almost 30,000 castles and ruins scattered throughout the country, something that has already been enjoyed in film productions such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Tourist visa for stay of up to 90 days

In Ireland, students enrolled in English courses lasting up to 12 weeks will not need to apply for a visa in Brazil and will be able to study for 15 to 25 hours per week. This visa is obtained at the entrance of the country, when the student must demonstrate what he will do, where he will stay, if he has the ticket to return and enough money for his expenses.

As a rule this visa cannot be renewed. If the student later wishes to apply for a student visa with permission to work, he/she will need to leave the country and enter with a course that allows the student and work visa.

The Tourist Visa does NOT allow the applicant to work under any circumstances.

Basic documentation:

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after your entry into the country);

– Address of the place where you will stay

– Health insurance

– Means of financial support

– Return pass

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after your entry into the country);


Malta is a tourist destination receptive to any time of the year. If, on the one hand, in summer, it is perfect to know the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea that circulate the country, in winter, the schedule does not leave to be desired. Its rich historical architecture and its natural settings that have already been used in film productions are enough to please the most demanding tourists in the short cold period.

Near the region of Sicily, in southern Italy, Malta has 450,000 inhabitants in only 316 km² of extension, that is, smaller than Curitiba (PR). But do not let the proximity to Italy deceive you, the country, besides having its own dialect, has English as a second language. The dominance of a second language came for historical reasons, when the British, the last country to dominate the Maltese islands, settled on them.

Malta belongs to the team of authentically bilingual countries and, as you walk the streets of your cities, it will be difficult to find someone who doesn’t speak English. The historical proximity to the English language is reflected in the quality standard of its schools, the oldest of which emerged in the late 1980s. But it was from the following decade that the business expanded, resulting in institutions with a high degree of certification.

In addition to paying less for studies, compared to other European countries, you will find in Malta a place with rich gastronomy, easy locomotion and a quiet and safe region to enjoy the exchange. If you are looking for a place that escapes the standard of cold culture of the English countries of origin, your destination is Malta. You will find a family atmosphere with people always ready to help you.

If you plan to enjoy what the island for up to 90 days, all you need is to take with you:

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after you enter the country);

– International credit card;

– An average amount of EUR 500 (recommended amount);

– Health Insurance with at least 30,000 Euros of deductible;

– Return pass;

– Address of the place where you will stay.

South Africa

It is wrong who thinks that South Africa is made up of only large savannas, safaris and wild animals. Think of a multiethnic country with great buildings, luxury cars and paradisiacal beaches!

South Africa is one of the oldest countries and is the largest economy on the continent. It was colonized by the Dutch and then by English, so the English language is one of the official languages – one of them, because South Africa has another 10! Out there we have already realized how multicultural the country is, so much so that South Africa is known as the “Rainbow Nation”.

One of the main reasons that drives our exchange students to study in South Africa, for sure, is the low investment value. But, of course, this is not the only reason, because Africa has much to offer for Brazilian students who seek to improve their English.

Another itis that often has weight when choosing the destination is the climate. Being one of the countries located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the same as in Brazil. In summer, from December to March, temperatures are around 25º, while in winter they are between 7º to 20º, very similar to the south and southeast of Brazil.

Brazilians who will stay for up to 90 days do not require a visa, whether for tourism, studies or business.

It is necessary to have the passport valid for at least one month from the date of return to Brazil and have at least one full blank page.

It is also necessary to present the International Certificate of Vaccine, the CIV, against yellow fever, which must be taken at least 10 days before shipment.

New Zealand

Rental for box office hits such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit, the country of extreme sports and beautiful scenery attracts many students who want to study English with a lot of adrenaline. It is where respect for other cultures prevails, where the Maori natives live in harmony with the “new inhabitants”. Harmony that makes the country occupy since 2009 the top positions of the Global Peace Index, which classifies how peaceful the country is.

New Zealand’s climate is quite varied, in the summer months the days are warm, sunny and radiant. Autumn is usually colder than summer, but it doesn’t even like winter and its low temperatures that have snow to the south and rain to the north, while in spring it is good to be prepared for all kinds of temperatures in a single day. So the tip for those who like the heat is to stay on the North Island, while for those who prefer cold and snow go to the South Island and “run to the hills!”, it is there in the mountains that most of the snow of the country falls.

Options for sportsmen and adventurers will not be lacking, ranging from snow sports, mountain and trail biking, kite surfing, skydiving, and of course the Bungy Jump in which the country specializes. No for nothing, Queenstown has been elected the world capital of extreme sports. It is a country rich in natural beauty, with beautiful lakes, mountains, caves, glaciers, snow, volcanoes, all surrounded by the sea.

The visa does not need to be applied for in advance, will be obtained at the entrance of the country and is necessary to study English for a maximum of 12 weeks, being able to study 15 to 30 hours per week. The visa may be granted for a period of less than 90 days, at the discretion of immigration,

Basic documentation:

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after your entry into the country);

– Address of the place where you will stay

– Health insurance

– Means of financial support

– Return pass

– Your passport (valid for at least six months after your entry into the country);

Now that you know which are the quietest countries to go on your vacation, let’s start planning your exchange?

By Guilherme De Bastiani