Brazil Ends Visa Requirement for U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan
Starting June 17, 2019, American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese citizens who wish to disembark in Brazil will be exempt from visas and their fees. The end of the requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government on Monday, March 18.
According to the decree, the benefit is extended to visitors who have valid passports traveling for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sporting activities or in exceptional situations for national interest. The initiative is valid also for tourists in transit in Brazil. The stay can last up to 90 days, extendable for the same period if it does not exceed 180 days, every 12 months, counted from the date of the first entry into the country.
The measure is a continuation of Brazil’s efforts to facilitate visitor access to the country. Last year, it launched an e-visa platform that allowed visitors to apply for a visa more efficiently. Now, the removal of the requirement from the four countries is expected to continue to increase the number of visitors in the country. The four countries benefiting from the visa waiver were part of a pilot project started in 2017 that implemented the electronic visa for anyone from these countries wishing to visit Brazil. According to the World Tourism Organization, visa facilitation measures can increase the flow of tourists by 25 percent in countries that adopt the practice.
The expectation of the Ministry of Tourism is that the measure will help the country reach the mark of 12 million foreign visitors by 2022 compared to the current 6.6 million figure.