Published on : Thursday, January 25, 2018
Starting from Thursday, the tourists visiting from United States of America can complete the visa process completely online, instead of visiting a consulate or paying an expeditor to do so. The price of the visa will drop from $160 to $40.
The new e-visa program has already been put in place for Australians, Japanese and Canadians as part of country efforts to attract more foreign tourists.
Brazil offers a wide variety of destinations for visitors, from Eco-tourism in the Amazon river and its rain forest zone to colonial towns built by the Portuguese to miles and miles of unspoiled beaches.
In 2016, Brazil welcomed fewer than 6.6 million foreigners, about half the number that travelled to the city-state of Singapore.
The visitors from America have dropped in recent years. The numbers of tourists fell from approximately 657,000 in 2014 to 576,000 in 2015. In 2016, the year Rio de Janeiro hosted the Olympics, the number fell further to approximately 570,000.
Tourism Minister Marx Beltrao said that the current administration is trying to make travel to and within Brazil cheaper by allowing increased foreign investment in domestic airlines. It is also hoping to quadruple the budget of Embratur, Brazil’s tourism board, and is working to overhaul its promotion strategy. The Tourism Minister Marx Beltrao also said that government had now understood the economic importance of tourism and travel-trade business in order to generate the economy of the country.
The country has now the real challenges to confront, including high rates of violent crime in some areas, the steep cost of travelling within the country and repeated disease outbreaks.
A Zika outbreak that began in 2015 put off many would-be travellers after the mosquito-borne virus was linked to severe birth defects. This year, a yellow fever outbreak is spreading just weeks before Rio Carnival.