Brazil Ends Visas For US Travelers

Brazil ends Visas for US travelers in June and that will make your visit to the Land of Samba and Sun easier and more affordable. -
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Brazil ends Visas for US travelers and that will make your visit to the Land of Samba and Sun easier and more affordable.

by Scott Adams

Soon, the only Visa you’ll need for your next trip to Brazil will be the one you already have in your wallet. All you will need is your passport when Brazil ends Visas for US travelers.

Brazil’s ‘Open Door’ policy goes into effect on June 17th, 2019, and also applies to visitors from Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Simply put, citizens of these countries will not have to apply (or pay for) a Visa and will be able to travel and remain in Brazil for 90 days from the date of entry.

That’s a savings of US$160 and weeks of time and paperwork.

Brazil’s new program also allows for an extension of up to 90 additional days, to a maximum of 180 days during a 12-month period. 

This means that you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the Brazilian sun in Rio, savor Brazil’s cultural connections to Mother Africa in Bahia, or explore the Amazon Rainforest in Manaus.

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Visa-less entry is the latest step taken by Brazil to ease the way for both business and pleasure. 

The move comes after last year’s successful rollout of its e-visa program and Brazil’s 2015 move to waive Visas for Rio de Janeiro’s Summer Olympic Games.

The result has seen a sharp increase of nearly 35% in visitors to Brazil from these four countries, which Brazil sees as important for the continued growth of tourism in the coming years.

Brazil’s Foreign Ministry says that nearly 170,000 visas were issued to travelers from these four countries in 2017. Brazil’s e-visa program helped that number to grow to around 230,000 in 2018.

“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,” said Marcelo Alvaro Antônio, Minister of Tourism.

“This is the first step; we still have much to celebrate,” he said.

Mutual Respect

The announcement came as part of meetings and a joint press conference given by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and President Trump at the White House on March 18-19.

It marked an important turnaround in the relationship between the two largest countries in our hemisphere, which had soured since the Obama Administration’s NSA spying scandal in 2015.

The scandal caused then-President Dilma Rousseff to cancel her planned State Dinner in Washington, DC. The prestigious visit would have been the first for a Brazilian President since 1991.

All of that has changed now that the two countries share mutual respect for each other: Trump intends to welcome Brazil as “a major, non-NATO ally” just as Brazil ends Visas for US travelers.

And in an important break from the past, neither offer was conditional.

Brazil Is A Bargain readers know that Brazil is a ‘best kept secret’ when it comes to popular travel destinations.

America’s roaring economy means the currency exchange rate will help your dollar go much farther.

Today’s exchange rate between the Brazilian Real and the US Dollar is almost 4 to 1. Put another way, you’ll pay about .25 for something that costs a dollar in Brazil.

Couple that with literally dozens of daily flights and an almost endless list of places to go and things to do, and it is easy to see what the future holds when Brazil ends Visas for US travelers.

More people will soon find themselves on the beach in Ipanema while listening to Connectbrazil’s streaming channels and chances are, many will be speaking English.

So, here’s a question: When Brazil ends Visas for US travelers, will it be on your bucket list, too?