The Brazil Government will eliminate the need for Australian travellers to have a visa to enter the country within 90 days as part of new reforms. Aussies – along with nationals from the United States, Canada and Japan – will no longer require the documentation from 17 June under a new decree signed by Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, and other ministers this week.
The move is aimed at increasing the number of tourists who have valid passports to the country for trips for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sporting activities.
The change will enable Australians, Americans, Canadians and Japanese travellers to stay up to 90 days, extendable for the same period (provided that it does not exceed 180 days) every 12 months.
Australia, the US, Canada and Japan were part of a pilot electronic visa program that launched in 2017 and saw the number of visitor entries (electronic and traditional) increase by more than 35%. This is about 10% more than forecasts by the World Tourism Organisation for countries that adopt online visa facilitation.
The expectation of the Ministry of Tourism is that the measure will help the country reach the mark of 12 million foreign visitors by 2022, compared to the current 6.6 million.