Brazil might drop visa fees for tourists

Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

brazilThe government of Brazil is thinking about dropping the visa fees for visitors from countries like Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States in order to make the nation more tourist-friendly and attractive to visitors.


Marx Beltrao, the new tourism minister of Brazil said last week at a tourism festival that this visa waiver that would continue for 12 months would be like the visa waiver program that had been adopted for the Summer Olympics. Brazil aims to lure in a greater amount of foreign investment as well as tourists in the nation.


Therefore, this nation plans to waive the current visa fees for international tourists that might be as high as $160.


Brazil plans to introduce this plan for about a year.


However, if the new visa waiver rules positively impacts the tourism industry of this region, the visa exemptions might be permanent. Moreover, it would motivate other nations to follow similar visa waiver policies. For instance, China might also reciprocate by introducing visa waiver fees for Brazilian tourists.


The tourism ministry of Brazil is also looking forward to removing hotel taxes for customers who pay with international credit cards, as revealed by Beltrao in an interview.


Beltrao would need to gain approval from different departments of the government including the foreign ministry department for the proposal to go into effect.


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