Brazil eases visa rules ahead of Rio 2016


With only 60 days left until Rio 2016 Olympics, Brazil has eased visa rules for Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese tourists.

Effective as of June 1, the waiver program is expected to attract more than the originally planned number of tourists.

The projections of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show that as many as 500,000 tourists are expected to visit the country this summer, injecting US $1.7 billion into the Brazilian economy.

According to the Joint Ordinance No.2016, published in December 2015, citizens of these four countries are guaranteed visa free entry to Brazil between June 1 and September 18, with a limited stay of 90 days from the date of the first entry in the country.

Although the exception is primarily directed towards the international visitors who come to Brazil for tourism purposes, visitors will not have to provide their tickets for the event.

“These tourists will boost the country’s economy by spending in hotels, restaurants, car hire, travel agencies and many other sectors” comments Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves. He adds,

“In this period, our attractions will be on global view. If we do our part, many of these tourists will return after the Olympics bringing their friends and relatives.”

The Brazilian Tourism Board (Embratur) has been promoting the Olympic Games internationally inviting foreign tourists to visit Brazil in 2016 and enjoy everything that the country has on offer.

Embratur’s interim president, José Antonio Parente said,

“Embratur has made a strong effort to share the news about the visa waiver measure, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in these four countries. We believe in consistent returns.”

According to Mr Parente, the promotion is working and in Japan for example the recent interest generated by the local press, after Embratur’s visit to Tokyo, has generated record sales of tickets for Rio 2016.

Embratur president added,

“The major Japanese travel agencies have already sold almost all of their tour packages.”

Additionally, the Ministry of Tourism has recently released their annual survey revealing that based on the number of visas issued in 2015, these four countries accounted for 759,087 visitors to Brazil last year. In 2015, as many as 575,796 US tourists visited Brazil making it the second-highest total of any country after Argentina.

Ministry’s figures show that on average American tourists are the highest spending visitors in the country spending US $125 a day compared to US $87 spent by other international visitors.

CFO of the multi award-winning developer Ritz-G5, Paul Telfer, supports the decision to introduce visa waiver to the four selected countries. Mr. Telfer comments,

“The decision to introduce visa waiver to the tourists arriving from Australia, Canada, America and Japan will not only significantly increase tourism numbers, but also inject additional funding into the country, thus boosting the Brazilian economy.”

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