To encourage tourism for the Rio 2016 Olympics, passport holders from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan will be able to visit for up 90 days without a Brazil tourist visa.
Brazilian government officials have announced they will temporarily waive the Brazil tourist visa requirements in hopes of increasing the number of foreign tourists that enter the country during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The temporary waiver will apply from June 1st through September 18th, 2016.
Why the sudden show of good heart by the Brazilian government you may ask? It is not just a coincidence. Brazil’s economy has slipped into their deepest recession in years which has devalued Brazil’s currency and the country is in dire need of a major influx of tourist dollars. Brazil’s ministry of tourism, Enrique Eduardo Alves hopes by suspending the Brazil tourist visa requirements, that will increase travelers from the four previously mentioned countries this summer by 20%, resulting in more money in the average Brazilian’s pocket. In preparations for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, the Brazilian government has spent over 10 billions dollars USD and the cost is steadily rising. Officials are hoping that this strategy will allow them to recoup at least some of their capital expenditure right away by collecting the extra tax revenues that the increased number tourists will bring during the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
This decision to waive the tourist visa requirements will save passport holders from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, not only the time they would normally spend on the Brazil tourist visa application process but also the $160 fee. This means you’ll have a few extra dollars to spend on beach side coconut waters and caipirinhas! Take advantage of the Brazil tourist visa waiver and book your Custom Rio Olympics Travel Package now!