Brazil has launched an electronic visa system to increase tourism from Japan, Canada, Australia, and the US. The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported by the Ministry of Tourism proposed the new system. In 2015, these four countries made up 60 percent of all visa applications for Brazil.
The Brazil electronic visa was first rolled out for Australian citizens on November 21st, 2017. On January 11th this year, it became available for Japanese citizens, and last Thursday, the Brazil eVisa was launched for citizens of Canada. Travelers of these eligible countries no longer need to go to a Brazilian embassy or consulate to apply for a visa nor do they have to wait several weeks to receive it.
Electronic visa systems are being implemented by several countries in order to facilitate travel and improve border control. The advantage of the electronic visa is the possibility of obtaining it through an online application. The US, Canada, Egypt and other nations have an online visa systems or travel authorization system in place.
Electronic visa to travel to Brazil
Citizens of Japan, Australia, and Canada can now apply online for an electronic visa to Brazil. The application form is straightforward and the traveler simply needs to provide their passport and personal details. Applicants should also have a valid email address and a debit or credit card in order to pay the visa fee.
The electronic visa applications for Brazil take up to 5 business days to process. Once it has been approved, the electronic visa will be valid for a period of two consecutive years and grants the holder a stay of up to 90 days per year. If the passport expires during this period, the visa holder will have to obtain a new electronic visa for Brazil.
The electronic visa will be granted to citizens who meet the requirements and travel for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, and other purposes. Stays in Brazil should no exceed the 90 days.
The largest country in South America, Brazil draws thousands of people each year. The country features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the Amazon River, the Rainforest and the Iguaçu Falls. It boasts a biodiversity that's difficult to find elsewhere.
Brazil is home to the samba and one of the largest carnivals in the world, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Brazilians are keen on celebrations and there are many other festivities throughout the year worth participating in. Some of them are Semana Santa, Festas Juninas, and Festa do Divino. New Year's Eve also attracts a large number of foreign visitors.
If you are interested in traveling to Brazil and have a valid passport from Japan, Canada, or Australia, (and soon the US), you can obtain your electronic visa by completing an online form.