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Brazil to waive the visa requirement for citizens of the U.S. this summer

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The brazilian government will waive visa for a visit to the citizens of the united states, Australia, Canada and Japan beginning June 17, officials at Embratur, the Brazil Tourism Board, announced this week. The exemptions are a part of a previously announced initiative of the government in a significant increase in the South American country, the annual visitor arrivals.

Travelers with valid passports for leisure, business or artistic travel or travel related to sports activities or in “exceptional situations for that to be of national importance, will be eligible to apply for Brazil visa for a stay of up to 90 days. The exemption also applies to tourists in transit in Brazil. The 90-day stay can be extended for up to 180 days per 12 months.

The brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro earlier this year, the government announced plans to eliminate the visa requirement for visitors including the Americans. The plan is part of a Ministry of Tourism blueprint to 12 million visitors per year to Brazil 2022, said Marcelo Antônio Carlos, the brazilian minister for tourism. Brazil hosted 6.6 million visitors in 2018.

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The four visa waiver program countries, all of whom have participated in an electronic visa pilot project will be started in 2017, designed for the ease of access to Brazil for citizens of the aforementioned countries. The electronic visa program will continue to the visa waiver program starts.

Officials cite the World Tourism Organization data that indicates “visa facilitation measures can increase the flow of tourists with 25 percent in countries that adopt the practice.”

In Brazil, the electronic visa program generated a 35.23 percent increase in visa applications, both electronic and traditional, the next program’s start, officials of the Ministry said in a statement.

“This is one of the main achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the past 15 years and we are confident that it will be very beneficial for the country”, said Carlos Antonio.

“This decision of the Brazilian government proves that we live in a new moment and that tourism is seen as a vector of economic and social growth of the entire nation. This is the first step; we still have a lot to celebrate.”

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“The United States was very receptive to the issuance of electronic visas,” said Teté Bezerra, president of Embratur. The World Tourism Organization says that by the adoption of an electronic visa, visa issuance is increased by 25 percent, so we have exceeded that mark.”

This story was originally published by TravelPulse.

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