BRAZIL DROPS VISAS FOR MAJOR SOURCE MARKETS

The Brazilian Government announced on Monday, 18th June that the country would allow visa-free entry for citizens of The United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.

Citizens from these four countries, considered strategic for the development of tourism in Brazil, wishing to visit the nation, no longer need to apply or pay for a visa. They will be able to stay in Brazil for 90 days from the date of first entry in the country, extendable for an equal period, provided that it does not exceed one hundred and eighty days, every twelve months, counted from the date of the first entry into the country.

These developments come as part of a series of measures that Brazil has taken to facilitate visitor access to the country. Last year, the government launched an e-visa platform through which travellers could apply for visas with more efficiency and ease.

Brazil has already seen positive results with the increase of about 35% in the visa application in less than a year since implementing e-visa.

According to the Foreign Ministry, in 2017, 169,910 visas (either for business, tourism or transit) had been issued to citizens of the four countries. With the implementation of e-visa, the number rose in 2018 to 229,767.

“This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country. This decision of the Brazilian government proves that we are living a new moment and that tourism is being seen as a vector of economic and social growth of the entire nation. This is the first step; we still have much to celebrate”said Marcelo Alvaro Antônio, Minister of Tourism.

“The United States was very receptive to the issuance of electronic visas. The World Tourism Organisation says that when adopting an electronic visa, visa issuance increases by 25%, so we have exceeded that mark,” said Teté Bezerra, president of Embratur (Brazil’s Tourism Board, a federal agency and part of the Ministry of Tourism).