Update: Visa Free Entry To Brazil For Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan and U.S. Effective June 17th 2019

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In January I wrote about a fresh announcement of the new Brazilian government that the costly visa requirement for U.S. citizens visiting Brazil would soon be dropped, and this has now been confirmed.

Effective June 17th 2019, Brazil will move a visa waiver in place that also allows citizens of Australia, Canada and Japan to enjoy the same regulation which will save everybody a lot of money.

Brazil is currently requiring U.S. passport holders (among others) to apply for a visa which is available in a 10 year version (US$160) or a 2 year eVisa (US$44).

Wall Street Journal has now reported that the new regulation will go into effect in June:

Brazil has dropped visa requirements for visitors from the U.S. and several other nations, ahead of new leader Jair Bolsonaro’s first meeting Tuesday with President Trump.

Brazil’s government said Monday that tourists and business travelers from the U.S., as well as Canada, Japan and Australia, won’t need visas to visit the Latin American country as of June 17th 2019. …

So beginning June 17, citizens of the aforementioned countries will be able to visit Brazil for up to 90 days from the date of entry without a visa, and visitors can request to extend that stay to 180 days within a 12-month period.

Based on other media reports including from Reuters there wont be any reciprocity from the U.S. when it comes to visa free entry for Brazilian citizens, which doesn’t surprise me though.

The Brazilian government on Monday waived visa requirements for visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan, a measure to boost tourism that was first temporarily adopted before the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The exemption published in the government’s official gazette coincides with President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Washington this week. The U.S. government is not planning to reciprocate with a visa exemption for Brazilians, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

The visa fees countries levy for citizens of other nations are usually reciprocal which means that their own (Brazilian) nationals have to pay about the same fee for visas to the United States in this case.

Generally speaking, this makes sense and is only fair. Countries often step away from the reciprocity concept if there is a higher interest of letting visitors into the country free of charge, for example siphoning off tourism dollars which contributes largely to the local economy. It appears that Brazil has taken just this approach based on various factors possibly including the good relationship between the two current administrations.

Conclusion

If you’re a citizen of the affected countries and plan a trip to Brazil before June 17th,it’s still required to obtain a visa but probably better to just avail yourself with the two year eVisa option that costs US$44 instead of the costly 10 year version.

Being able to visit countries visa free and without having to purchase a visa on arrival is great and takes away the hassle which often makes me think twice if I really want to visit a country if I need to get a visa in advance.

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