Brazil Will Soon Issue E-Visas for US Passport Holders

Oct 31, 2017

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Back in the summer of 2016, Brazil began waiving visa requirements ahead of the Rio Olympics, making it possible for tourists from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan to visit the country for up to 90 days without a visa.

Some travelers — myself included — had hoped that this adjustment would be a boon for tourism, leading the country to extend the visa-waiver policy indefinitely. Unfortunately that didn’t end up happening, with visa requirements going back into effect after September 18, 2016.

And while Americans were once again required to jump through the same old hoops required to obtain a 10-year visa, my good friend and Brazilian blogger Eloy Neto just sent along a bit of good news — come January 28, 2018, Brazil will be introducing e-visas, making it possible to enter the country for business or tourism without the hassle of visiting an embassy or visa center abroad.

While visa-free travel would be ideal, the introduction of electronic visas has made travel to a handful of countries far more appealing. I’ve taken advantage of new policies to easily enter India and Vietnam, and hopefully e-visas for US passport holders will soon return to Turkey as well.

A Brazilian government site sheds some light on the country’s new e-visa, which will launch first for Australians on November 21, followed by January 28, 2018 for US, Canadian and Japanese passport holders. Tourists and business travelers will apply online, and, if approved, will receive an e-visa within 72 hours. There isn’t any mention of the $160 visa fee, but I’d expect that to remain intact, unfortunately.

As a result of the simplified process, the country is expecting a 25% boost in foreign tourist arrivals, which would be fantastic. Personally, I hate handing over my passport for days just to get a visa, so I generally only travel to countries that offer visa-free or e-visa travel, with the exception of China, since I requested a 10-year visa through Allied Passport when I renewed my passport last year. I’ve been waiting to book travel to Brazil pending the introduction of e-visas, though. Eloy, you can expect a visit soon!

Featured image by Fabio Canhim via Getty Images.

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