The implementation of the Brazil e-Visa has already had a positive impact on tourism for the lively South American country. Since the launch of the e-Visa for Brazil on January 25th, 2018, there has been a 70 percent increase in visa applications from American citizens in comparison to the same period in 2017. It has been reported that 65 percent of tourists that are traveling to Brazil have processed their visa online.
Brazilian Tourism officials had expected a rise in popularity, but are impressed with the current results. President of the Brazilian Tourism Board Vinicius Lummertz said, "When we visited New York in January to launch the e-Visa for U.S. consumers, many important players in the American trade told us that we should expect as many U.S. visitors in the coming years." Lummertz added, "this first step was fantastic, and this makes me believe the projections could be even higher."
According to a report by Rio Times, the Brazilian government would like to see U.S. visitors numbers increase by 200,000 per year. The Brazilian e-Visa is an electronic travel authorization that can be obtained by completing an online form using the traveler's personal info and passport details. The e-Visa for Brazil is available for citizens of the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Australia. This Brazilian visa is valid for two consecutive years for short-term stays of up to 90 days. American citizens no longer need to go to a Brazilian Embassy or consulate to process their visa to travel to Brazil as the electronic visa is a much faster and effective system.
During a press conference, Tourism Minister Marx Beltrao said, "If we want to compete for the international tourist, we have to end the bureaucracy and spread the red carpet for them to choose our destinations, shake the economy, and create jobs in our country." Americans are the second-largest tourist group traveling to Brazil. Data shows that nearly 550,00 Americans travel to Brazil each year. It is expected that this number continues to increase with the implementation of the Brazil e-Visa.
Why visit Brazil?
Brazil is a destination with alluring beaches, natural wonders, bright cities and towns, and a passionate culture. Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and has one of the richest ecosystems with tremendous biodiversity. It is no surprise then, that it's becoming a preferred place to visit. Citizens of the US, Japan, Australia and Canada can apply for a Brazil e-Visa, which grants them up to a 90-day stay in the country. When traveling to Brazil, visitors should consider the size of the country and the distances and time required in order to visit several places in a single trip. The e-Visa for Brazil is also a multiple entry visa that is valid for two consecutive years. Applicants must have a valid passport, a debit or credit card and an email address to complete their online application.
The Brazil e-Visa is not only available for tourism purposes, but it can be obtained for business, transit, sports, education, artistic activities, cultural or scientific programs, studying, volunteering and short-term medical treatment. Brazil is also a country that can draw in investors. This South American economic power has a macroeconomic stability being the second largest emerging market in the world after China. Brazil offers a secure investment framework, profits of multinational companies that have been functioning in the country have grown 5.5 times over eight to nine years. Furthermore, Brazil has a great workforce, their demographics show a large number of young and dynamic workers.