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Mark Your Calendars: Visa-Free Travel to Brazil Begins June 17th

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Did you know that 95 percent of tourists who visit Brazil can’t wait to return? Or, that 98 percent of visitors rate Brazilian hospitality as some of the best in the world? If you’ve been longing for a Brazil family adventure but dreading the thought of applying for a Brazilian visa, we’ve got news for you.

Visiting Brazil is just about to get a whole lot easier. The Brazilian government recently announced visa-free travel to Brazil for those holding passports from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. The new policy will take effect on June 17, 2019.

If you’re ready to experience the amazing biodiversity, stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and world-renowned hospitality of this South American gem, then mark your calendars for the beginning of visa-free travel. Here are a few more things you need to know.

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Streamlining Travel to Brazil

Brazil’s first foray with waiving travel visa requirements happened in 2016 with the hopes of attracting more visitors and spectators to the Summer Olympics. But the departure into visa-free travel proved temporary although highly successful.

Then, in January 2018, Brazil launched an e-visa program largely streamlining the process for US citizens. Travelers breathed a collective sigh of relief as the e-visa not only made the visa application process simpler but also less expensive.

But now in a welcome move, the Brazilian government will scrap visa requirements altogether, which has people in America, Canada, Australia, and Japan doing a collective dance of joy. (As well as organizing summer travel plans to one of the most beautiful countries in the world.)

That said, if you’re traveling to Brazil before June 17th, then you’ll still need to go through the e-visa process, and you can apply here.

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Brazil with Kids Has Never Been Easier

According to Tourism Minister Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, “This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years, and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country.”

By removing the visa requirement from these nations, Brazil hopes to bolster tourism from 6.6 million annual visitors to 12 million by 2020. It’s a bold move that has the backing of Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro. President Bolsonaro was sworn into office on January 1st, and he remains dedicated to attracting more American tourists to Brazil.

The move will also make traveling with kids to Brazil easier and more affordable than ever by cutting down on paperwork, pre-travel prep work, and travel fees. Instead of having to pack and keep track of important papers for multiple family members, all you need to worry about are your passports. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

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Visa-Free Travel to Brazil

Visa-free travel to Brazil will apply to all travelers entering the country, including those involved in business, sports, and artistic activities while in Brazil. What’s more, tourists will be granted a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival in Brazil. Should a visitor wish to extend their stay beyond 90 days, all they have to do is visit a Federal Police office.

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