Brazil drops visa requirements
As of June 17, passport-holders from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan no longer need a visa to visit Brazil, joining already visa-free travelers from Europe and Latin America. Travelers can visit Brazil for up to 90 days with no visa, with the possibility of extending that up to 180 days.
In the past, travelers from these countries have been required to obtain a visa before travel, which required a $160 fee and a time-consuming application process involving the Brazilian consulate. In 2016, Brazil temporarily suspended visa requirements to encourage tourism for the Summer Olympics, and in 2017 the country changed the process to allow an online application costing $40. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, both measures had a positive impact on travel to the country.
The full removal of the visa requirement was announced in March during a visit by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House. Brazil will now be able to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Global Entry Program.
What does this mean for you? That it’s never been easier to visit Brazil! From metropolitan Rio de Janeiro to the wild nature of the Amazon and the Pantanal, Brazil offers a unique experience for every traveler. It’s also easier than ever to combine Brazil with other South American destinations: Visitors to Iguazu Falls can now explore both the Brazilian side and the Argentine side of the falls without a visa. Local flights also make it a snap to combine Brazil with other highlight destinations like Peru and Machu Picchu.
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