Brazil To Resume Visa Requirements For Australia, Canada, Japan, and US Citizens

Brazil To Resume Visa Requirements For Australia, Canada, Japan, and US Citizens

In a major overhaul of its immigration system, Brazil has decided to reinstate visa requirements for nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States.

Brazil's former president, Jair Bolsonaro, revoked the visa requirement with the four countries in 2019 to facilitate tourism.

Citizens of Brazil still need visas to travel to the four countries.

For the last three years, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US enjoyed unrestricted access to Brazil for three months which could then be extended for another three months.

Now, citizens of these four countries will no longer enjoy visa-free entry to Brazil.

How Will This Affect Travellers

The Brazilian government has not yet confirmed the exact date for the implementation of the new visa requirement, though based on reports it could happen at any moment in the following weeks or months.

Those who have made travel plans to Brazil in the coming days are worried about whether they will be eligible for a visa waiver prior to departure, as the reciprocity rule could be resumed without much notice. 

Once the visa requirement is in place, the affected travellers should submit a visa application at the nearest Brazilian Consulate. 

Brazil has a visa-waiver agreement with the UK and the EU so they are not affected by the new rule.

Brazil has not yet lifted its Covid entry requirements. To enter Brazil, arrivals must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure or should have a negative Covid test taken at most 1 day before departure. 

Update 23 March 2023:

Brazil has confirmed it is revoking visa exemptions for nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States as of 1 October 2023. Citizens of these countries need to obtain an e-visa when traveling to Brazil for tourism, business, sports activities, or artistic performances or when transiting through Brazilian airports.

Travel Demand In Brazil Is Soaring

According to the latest survey conducted by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism, more than 3.63 million foreign visitors visited Brazil in 2022. Although this is still below pre-pandemic levels, it has increased by 500% since 2021. However, removing visa-free access to these four countries will put more restrictions and obstacles in the way of tourists deterring some from coming at all.

Brazil has a vast territory and such a diverse culture that it cannot possibly be explored in a short period of time.

If you intend to stay longer in the country, you can apply for a residence permit or if you are working remotely, you might want to think about Brazil's Digital Nomad Visa

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