Brazil Delays Visa Requirement for US, Canada, Australia Until April

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The Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur) has announced that Brazil is postponing the reintroduction of visa requirements for citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia.

This delay, revealed on January 5, extends visa exemption for these nationalities until April 10, 2024. This decision marks the second postponement of the visa policy that was initially set to be reinstated in October 2023.

Visa exemption for citizens of Australia, Canada, and the US was first introduced by former President Jair Bolsonaro in 2019. The aim was to boost the Brazilian tourist industry.

However, the countries benefiting from this visa waiver policy continue to require visas from Brazilian citizens. This led to discussions about reciprocity and equal treatment in diplomatic circles.

As a result, the current Brazilian government, under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, decided to reimplement the visa requirement for these nationals. However, they would be eligible to apply for the new Brazil eVisa online.

Originally, Japan was one of the countries in question. However, the Japanese government came to a visa waiver agreement with Brazilian authorities in September 2023, exempting its residents from the new list.

Brazil Delays Visa Requirement for US, Canada, Australia Until April

Why the Brazil eVisa Requirement Has Been Delayed

This isn’t the first delay in Brazil’s visa policy changes. The Brazil visa requirement for nationals of Australia, Canada, and the United States was previously postponed to January 10, 2024. However, it has now been delayed to April.

These extensions are attributed to the ongoing development of Brazil’s new electronic visa system, which is not yet fully operational.

In a statement, Embratur also said they wanted to “prevent the change from interfering with the flow of tourists from these countries to Brazil during the high season”.

The peak tourist season in Brazil, particularly around the New Year and the Carnival festivities in February, traditionally attracts a large number of international visitors.

When Australians, Canadians, and US Citizens Need the Brazil eVisa

The new extension means that American, Canadian, and Australian nationals can continue to enjoy visa-free travel to Brazil until the new deadline.

As long as they arrive on or before April 9, 2024, they do not need to have a visa. This is the case even if they plan to leave Brazil after April 10, 2024.

However, those planning to arrive on or after April 10 will be required to apply for an eVisa to travel to Brazil.

The Brazilian government has previously said that the eVisa platform will online at least 30 days prior to the enforcement of the visa requirement. Therefore, eligible applicants will be allowed to request their e-visas in advance.

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