Brazil’s decision to drop visa requirements for travelers from the United States, as well as Canada, Australia and Japan, are building demand for travel to the country, according to new statistics from the Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau and Kayak.
According to the data, travel demand for Brazil has jumped by 36 percent in Australia, 31 percent in the U.S., 19 percent in Canada and 4 percent in Japan. The Kayak survey was based on information collected from March 21, comparing the daily average of searches from March 1 - 15 and from March 18 – 20 for trips from April 1 to December 31, 2019.
Announced last week, travelers from the four countries will no longer need a visa to fly to Brazil as of June 17, so long as they have valid passports and are traveling for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sporting activities, or in “exceptional situations for the national interest.” Stays will be able to last up to 90 days, extendable for another 90 days so long as travelers do not exceed a total of 180 days every 12 months, counted from the date of their first entry into the country.
Currently, travelers must register for an e-visa to travel to Brazil, a measure that was introduced last year. According to the World Tourism Organization, visa facilitation measures can increase inbound travel by an average of 25 percent.