Debate continues over Brazilian tourist visas

Published on : Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Brazilian tourist visasThe question of Brazilian tourist visas has given rise to a debate between the country’s top officials. While the Tourism Minister sees visa regulations as a way to boost the economy, the Foreign Minister stands by tradition. Beltrão said last month, “Facilitating travel measures such as with visa waivers can generate up to a 25 percent increase in the flow of destinations involved.

 

We projected revenues of up to $450 million with this measure in two years.” Beltrão’s measure would alleviate citizens of the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Australia of travel visa requirements. Currently, Brazilians need tourist visas to travel to all four of these countries. The Tourism Minister’s announcement came only days after Donald Trump issued travel bans on seven Muslim countries, which also strengthened U.S. visa requirements for Brazilians.

 
Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão cited the success of visa waivers during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The tourist visa freedom allowed nationals from the above stated countries to travel liberally in Brazil between July 1st and September 18th, 2016. Following the visa exemption announcement, searches for flights to Brazil within Japan and Canada skyrocketed by 114 percent compared to the previous year.

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