We are happy to announce that Brazil is waiving the Visa requirements for citizens of the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan effective as of June 17, 2019.
The four countries had been part of an electronic visa pilot program which has seen remarkable success the past year, resulting in an increase in overall visa's emitted from the regions of 35.23%. This exceeds World Travel Organization projections of 25% increases in potential visits to countries adopting streamlined entry procedures. This hopefully will grow exponentially with the waiving of the visa altogether.
Visitors from the group of countries are eligible to stay up to 90 days, extendable for an equal period provided such visit doesn't exceed 180 days in a year, with days counted from the first entry in Brazil. If limits are exceeded penalties will apply.
The benefit extends to current visitors in transit with valid passports for trips for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sporting activities or in exceptional situations for national interest.
The expectation of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism is that the measure will help the country reach a goal of 12 million foreign visitors by 2022 compared to the current 6, 6 million, a part of the National Tourism Plan 2018-2022.
Says Martin Frankenberg, BLTA President, "the United States represents an excellent market delivering quality tourism to Brazil, where our association and its members invest heavily in marketing and sales actions. US and Canadian visitors are both increasing, while Australia and Japan are markets where we've documented recently interest from influential media writing about Brazil as a destination, a great sign for the future. Minimizing unnecessary visa bureaucracy greatly boosts our chances for tourism gains."
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