Brazil to cut visa wait times from 45 to 5 days with e-visas
The visa must be issued within 72 hours of the request made by the tourist.
The benefit is also valid for business trips.
In January 2018, the electronic system begins to apply also for Canadian, U.S. and Japanese tourists. Before, tourists from these countries had to travel to Visa Centres and Brazilian consulates in their countries to apply for visas to enter Brazil.
"The facilitation of visas aims to reduce bureaucracy and, above all, to boost the entry of foreign tourists into Brazil," said Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão.
The expectation by the Tourism Ministry, based on data from the World Tourism Organization, is that the measure will increase foreign tourist inflows to Brazil by up to 25%.
Additional agreements with other strategic markets for Brazil, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, are expected to eliminate the visa requirement between these countries.
China, home to the largest tourist market in the world, has signed an agreement with Brazil for the issuance of five-year tourism and business visas.
To meet the new demand of Chinese tourists, Brazil will expand the number of Visa Centres in China from three to twelve at the beginning of next year.
Visa Centres reduce average visa wait times from 45 to 5 days. ■