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Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) praised the Government of Brazil for adopting new policies that exempt tourist visas for citizens from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan during Brazil’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics to be held from June 1 to eptember 18, 2016.
The new visa policy has been formulated by the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with the Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs and is likely to result in an increase of about 20% in the number of tourists from these countries during the Olympics.”The international recognition shows that we are on track to make the Olympics a landmark for tourism in Brazil,” said Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves.
David Scowsill, President of WTTC, said the exemption from visa requirements during the Olympics was a big step. “We encourage the government to extend this policy even beyond the Olympics,” he said. According to the WTTC, processes such as visa-free agreements and traveler programs are essential to ensure safe and smooth passage of international visitors.
The new policy adopted by Brazil is valid between June 1 and Sept. 18, 2016 and takes into account a number of factors, such as high international outbound flow of selected countries, positive history in sending tourists to Brazil, countries that spend more on Brazil, strong
Olympic tradition and low migratory and security risk.