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Brazil Waives Need for Tourist Visa

Starting today, U.S. travelers heading to Brazil no longer need a visa to visit

The Brazilian government announced a visa waiver program for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan as part of a campaign to continue to increase tourism in the South American country. With a valid passport, visitors from these countries can now stay up to 90 days in Brazil from the date of their first entry. They also have the option of extending their stay for up to 180 days without acquiring a visa.

The visa waiver program is the most recent step in a push by the Brazilian government to grow tourism and, through it, Brazil’s economic stability. In 2018, the country implemented an e-visa option for citizens of the same countries that are now eligible for the waiver. The program increased the number of visitors – for business, tourism or transit purposes – 35 percent between 2017 and 2018.

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and home to many attractions for tourists. The country boasts a wide range of unique and breathtaking landscapes to visit, including the famous Amazon Rainforest, and the less well-known Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world.