There’s arguably never been a better time to travel to South America. And things have just gotten better for Brazil-bound Australians following the announcement that the country will be waiving visa requirements for travellers from Australia in a bid to boost tourism.
The exemption, which was published in the government’s official gazette goes into effect on 17 June and also includes visa-free travel for visitors from the US, Canada, and Japan.
According to the Washington Post, travellers arriving before that date must still obtain a US$44 (plus any service fees) e-visa, which allows visitors to stay in Brazil for 90 days.
“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," Brazil Tourism Minister Marcelo Alvaro Antônio said in a press statement.
"This decision of the Brazilian government proves that we are living a new moment and that tourism is being seen as a vector of economic and social growth of the entire nation. This is the first step; we still have much to celebrate.”
When Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil waived tourist visas for three months between 1 June and 18 September.
In November 2017, the Brazilian government introduced e-visas to Australian passport holders for the first time.
Brazil-bound travellers can visit the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Smartraveller website for further information.
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