October 30, 2017
Americans can Soon Apply for E-Visas to Brazil Online
Brazil is a hugely popular tourist destination. Every traveler has heard of the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio di Janeiro, the 98-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue atop mount Corcovado, and the annual Carnival festival. As appealing as the South American nation is for American tourists, Brazil has fairly strict visa requirements for American passport holders. Americans have to visit a Brazilian consulate with a valid passport, extra photos, a roundtrip ticket, and $160 to apply for a visa. The process is finally getting much easier.
Per the Brazilian government, travelers from Australia, the United States, Canada, and Japan will soon be able to apply for an electronic visa online. The visa should be issued within 72 hours. Australians will be able to apply for e-visas starting November 21, 2017 while citizens of the U.S., Canada, and Japan can apply online starting January 2018. Brazil is making the visa process easier in an effort to reduce bureaucracy and increase tourism.
This is a great change on the part of the Brazilian government and it coincides with LATAM launching the first direct flights between Brazil and Boston next summer. If you end up taking advantage of this to visit Sao Paulo, here’s four things you should avoid in the metropolitan city. Now, if only they’d eliminate the $160 visa fee.
H/T: CN Traveler