Visa Waivers Boost Foreign Tourism to Brazil

In recent years Brazil has taken measures to facilitate foreign tourism, like in 2016 during the Summer Olympics when Tourist Visa requirements were dropped for travelers from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan. In January of 2018 Brazil started the e-Visa program so visitors from the same four countries could get a 2-year tourist visa online for $44 instead of paying $160 for a 10-year tourist visa, which required mailing their passport to a Brazilian Consulate for a few weeks.

In mid-March this year Brazilian officials announced that foreign visitors from the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan will no longer need to apply for Tourist Visas in order to spend up to 90 days enjoying Brazil’s beaches, national parks, and cultural attractions.

The Visa Waiver Program will officially start on June 17. Anticipation of the program seems to be boosting tourism: US travelers are expected to make 53% more trips this June compared to June 2018, and 97% more trips this July compared to July 2018. Canadian tourists have booked 86% and 54% more trips this June and July, respectively, compared to the same periods last year.

In 2018 foreign tourists injected about $5.85 billion into Brazil’s economy and national+ international tourism accounted for 8.1% of Brazil’s GDP.

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