In January 2018 Brazil will begin issuing e-visas to citizens from the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia (from November 21). This will significantly quicken the process of visa applications. The e-visas will be issued within 72 hours of the request.
Marx Beltrão, the Tourism Minister, said: "The facilitation of visas aims to reduce bureaucracy and, above all, to boost the entry of foreign tourists into Brazil." The Brazilian Tourism Ministry expects the number of tourists entering Brazil to increase by up to 25%, based on information from the World Tourism Organization. The visas will also be available for business purposes.
Australian tourists who wish to visit Brazil will be able to obtain a temporary entry visa from November 21 onwards. Applicants will receive the document electronically.
At the moment, to get a visa for Brazil, travelers need to make an appointment at their nearest Brazilian consulate and take their passport, along with the application form, an extra photo, and a copy of their return ticket. It is typical to wait for over a month to actually get the visa.
This is not an unprecedented move by Brazil to hasten the process of visa applications. During the Rio Olympics last year, the Brazilian authorities temporarily lifted the visa requirements for tourists from the US, Japan, Australia, and Canada.
The Brazil e-visa scheme is likely to expand even further to other nationalities. Additional agreements to eliminate the need for traditional visas are planned with other strategic markets including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and China.
Brazil has signed an agreement with China, the largest tourist market in the world, for the implementation of five-year tourism and business visas. Brazil will expand the number of visa centers in China from three to 12 to meet the new demand of Chinese tourism.
Things to see in Brazil...
Brazil is a vast country with a rich culture. It has numerous attractions and visitors have a tough time choosing where to go and what to see. Here are some of the highlights...
- Parati: Featuring colorful buildings and immaculate beaches, Paraty is a historic gem. Set 200 km south of Rio de Janeiro. In the 16th century, the town was crucially important in exporting gold to Europe.
- Lencois Maranhenses National Park: This national park is home to massive dunes. In the month of July, there are heavy rains which over the years have created large lagoons.
- Museu de Arte Contemporanea: The museum is an impressive sight, especially for architecture fans. Oscar Niemeyer designed the structure which overlooks Rio and the bay.
- Pantanal: Pantanal extends into Bolivia and Paraguay and is the largest wetland in the world. Visitors are likely to see wildlife, especially the Capybra and the Yacare Caiman. Jaguars also populate this attraction.
- Porto de Galinhas: If you want to experience the best beach destination, this is your spot. The natural pools that form in the reefs, the white sand, dreamy weather and warm water will make your holiday one to remember.
- Copacabana: The famous beach and neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. New Year's celebration in Copacabana is filled with attractions, music, and fireworks.