Brazil Waives Visa for US, Canadian & Australian Citizens
The Olympics are coming to Brazil! Ready to welcome visitors with open arms, the Brazilian officials have announced they are temporarily waiving visa requirements for travelers in the country from June 1 through September 18, 2016. This decision was made to help those travelling to the country for the Summer Olympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21.
The visa waiver applies to citizens holding passports from the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada.
US, Canadian and Australian citizens hold the most powerful passports in travel, yet, they normally cannot go in and out of Brazil as they please. Traveling to the country requires paying visa fees ($160), filling out applications and waiting for weeks (or months) for visa approval.
Receiving only 6 million tourists per year (comparing to Thailand’s 26 million), Brazil hopes the games will increase tourism in the country and reveal its tourist potential to the world. Waiving visa requirements is just one of the strategies Brazil’s tourism board enforced with hopes to help the country's economy. The Brazilian airline, Azul, made an all-you-can-fly pass available in country as added incentive to visit. This air pass is good for 10-days of unlimited flights throughout Brazil for $299, there’s also a 21-day version for $399.
Visiting the Amazon Rainforest is on many people's 'Bucket List', and luckily flight deals and visa waivers make this the best time to go to the Brazilian Amazon. In fact, the Amazonian city of Manaus will be hosting three Olympic soccer matches in their spectacular Arena da Amazônia. The first soccer match in Manaus to kickoff the Olympics will be held on August 4, a day before the opening ceremony in Rio on August 5. The city will also host matches on August 7 and 9. All matches are part of the group stage of this popular Olympic event.
Manaus is the capital and largest city of the state of Amazonas, in Brazil, situated at the confluence of the rivers Negro and Solimões (the 'Meeting of the Waters'), making it the perfect starting point for an Amazon River Tour. Take a look at our Olympic Amazon River Cruises to see our list of cruise departures around the Olympics games.
Iguazu Falls is another bucket list destination that shouldn’t be missed. As one of the most impressive sets of waterfalls in the world, watch 450,000 cubic feet of water rush over the edge every second, and hundreds of rainbows arch amongst the falls. It’s not only the falls that are impressive, the Iguazu National Park is home to many species of wildlife. From hiking to bird watching to animal sanctuaries to soaking wet boat tours at the base of the waterfalls, there is no shortage of ways to experience Iguazu Falls.
Even if you are not interested in the Olympic Games, we recommended taking this wonderful opportunity to visit Brazil. The visa waiver for US, Canadian and Australian citizens is only temporary, so save yourself the $160 in fees and the headaches that come along with visa applications and travel to Brazil this 2016. Contact Us for help with booking your vacation to Brazil.