Starting June 17, 2019 Brazil will now allow visitors from Canada, Australia, Japan and the United States to enter the country Visa-Free.
The new laws allow for citizens of these countries to enter Brazil for up to 90 days without a visa. The visa then can be extended once for an additional 90 days provided it does not exceed 180 days in a 12 month period.
Brazil Waives Visa Requirements for Canada, US, Australia and Japan
Brazil had previously introduced an e-visa system within the last year. The results dramatically increased visa requests by 35%. With the new demand from tourists, the Brazilian government decided to fully waive the visa for the selected countries. Canada, US, Australia and Japan are considered key markets for expanding tourism in Brazil. By easing access, Brazil hopes to see a large increase in tourism and the economic growth that results from it.
“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.”
Marcelo Alvaro Antônio, Minister of Tourism
The e-visa program will remain in affect until June 17, 2019 when the visa waiver program begins. Travelers with valid passports for leisure, business or artistic travel, or trips related to sporting activities will be eligible for the visa waiver. Brazil had 6.6 million visitors in 2018 and hopes to draw 12 million visitors by 2022. With global tourism growing to 1.4 billion arrivals in 2018, Brazil is ready to get in on the action.