From November 21, Australian tourists wishing to visit Brazil will be able to apply for an entry visa in the country through an electronic document issuing system. The visa must be issued within 72 hours after the request is made by the tourist. The benefit is also valid for corporate travel.
In January of 2018, the electronic system begins to apply also for Canadians, Americans and Japanese. Dates have already been set for each country: Canada (8), United States (15) and Japan (22). Before, tourists from these countries spent the time and money to travel to Visa Centers and Brazilian consulates in their countries to apply for entry visas in Brazil.
According to Tourism Minister, Marx Beltrão, “visa facilitation aims to reduce bureaucracy and, above all, leverage the entry of foreign tourists into Brazil.” The expectation of the MTur is that the measure increase the entry of foreigners in Brazil by up to 25%, according to data from the World Tourism Organization.
Other agreements with strategic markets for Brazil, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, should eliminate the visa requirement between the two countries. China, which has the largest market of travelers in the world, has reached an agreement with Brazil to issue visas with a five-year validity. To meet the new demand of Chinese tourists, Brazil will expand from three to twelve new Visas Centers in China in early 2018.
Visa Centers reduce, on average, from 45 to five days the visa term. In Africa, Angola received a Visa Center this month, the country is responsible for 50% of the visas issued by Brazil for African tourists. Southeast Asian countries should have the same system: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the priority countries.