Brazilians Won’t Need a Visa to Visit the US Anymore

Brazilian passport President Bush has signed legislation allowing citizens of 12 more countries, including Brazil, to visit the United States without first obtaining a visa. The legislation adds Argentina, Brazil, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Israel, Malta, Slovakia, South Korea, Taiwan and Uruguay to the existing list of 27 countries in the Visa Waiver Program.

Citizens of those countries can visit the United States for up to 90 days without having to get a visa, which can cost $100 and involve paperwork and visits to a U.S. consulate for an in-person interview.

The addition of the new countries makes a total of 39 now in the Visa Waiver Program. The expansion, which the president signed Friday, August 3, was included in Homeland Security legislation called Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.

The Travel Industry Association, whose Discover America Partnership has worked to expand visa waiver, says adding the new countries will help to reverse a nearly 20% decline in overseas travel to the United States since 9/11.

The new visa policy information was given in Macau by Nevada's Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki, chair of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. Krolicki and commission Director Tim Maland were in Macau as part of a tourism-building mission they are leading in China for a delegation of Nevada hotel, convention, travel and airline industry officials until Aug. 11.


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  • William Phillips

    Visa to US for Brazalian
    I am a 69 year old retired Physician who would like to have a Brazalian come for a visit in my home.

    Tell you tell me the implications of this?

    William Phillips
    3049 E Glengarry Road
    Memphis, TN 38128

  • jasonbrus

    Brazil to send back American at the Border?
    One comment from this board says that if US turned back Brasilian at the border, then Brasilian government’d better turn back American at the border. I bet one city will definitely NOT do this, Rio de Janeiro. According to Rio Tourism Board, American alone spent close to US$40million per year in Rio alone. Unless Rio declared itself enemy with $$$, then, i doubt this will ever happen. I doubt Brasilian spend US$40million in US let alone in just one city. My Brasilian friend living in US illegally told me once, the problem is, every Brasilian wants to come and live in US (even illegally) but very few Americans want to live in Brasil.

  • jasonbrus

    Brasilian don’t need VISA to USA
    1. most comments on this site about going to US to work for 90days, be home then back for another 90days work is wrong. the 90days is for TOURISM only, NOT for going to school, NOT for helping a friend to baby sit and DEFINITELY NOT for working and earn a wage. to work and earn a wage in US, all foreigners (including Brasilians) need work Visa.
    2. the 90days is per year. you cannot come for 90days and go back for a few weeks then come back for another 90days. 90days meaning you can only stay as long as 90days in one calendar year. if you stay more than 90days (even though it comprises multiple trips), you are violating our US immigration laws. so, unless you won a lottery or like somebody said you come to US to do Garotas Programmas, you won’t be making enough money in 90days to get rich and back to Brasil.

    3. Finally. only SOME Brazilians are Visa waiver, NOT all. if you already have a multiple entry Visa to US, your name will likely be on the NSA database and you no longer need a visa to visit US. however, if your name is not on NSA database, you still need a visa. next to Mexico, Brasilian is found to be the #2 most violation of US immigration laws, so, unless Bush and the Liberals decided to do “open border”, not ALL Brasilians will be Visa waiver. this is just one diplomatic gimmick to please the Lula folks.

  • Amanda

    What countries?
    Hey Im brasilian and i was wondering what countries in south america can i visit for a week or so with no visas are required?

  • PaulM

    The money from 90 days of working illegaly as a dishwahser is not enough to justify the trip but the money from 90 days as a Garota d Programma is.
    If they work they will be breaking the law and rules of the program. If they are caught working they will be deported and permanently denied entry. If many are caught and deported Brazil as a whole will be dropped from the program for having too many violators. Is 90 days work as a fruit picker, dish washer, in a meat processing plant, or in whatever low-skill low-wage job in which an employer would still hire an illegal employee knowing they are going to leave in 90 days enough to pay for roundtrip airfare from Brazil to the US, room and board in the US, and leave enough money to send or take back to Brazil ? The money from 90 days as a dishwahser is not enough money to justify the trip but the money from 90 days as a Garota d Programma is enough.

  • Brasil

    90 days to make money
    I don’t think anyone is going to overstay their visa and lose their status as legal. This will be so beneficial to all Brasilians, who can now come, work for 90 days then go back to our beautiful country and when they need money again they can come back for another 90 days.
    The reason why everyone overstays their visas now is because if they go back home they know they can never re-enter, so they just stay here in hopes of becoming rich, they think about the fact that once you go home you can NEVER come back so they keep rising their ambitions to get richer and richer so they don’t ever HAVE to come back, thus creating an immigration problem.
    I hope this VWP works out, kind of a bummer that you can be turned back at the airport though… but you know what? Brasil better reciprocate, if the US keeps sending back a bunch of Brasilians, let’s do the same to the americans, turn them back around at our port of entry. Let’s see how they like wasting their time and money on a ticket just to be sent back.

  • Victor

    OK, so is it true or not?
    I see lots of conflicting answers….Anyone know the real truth?

  • Roberto Macedo Schiller

    Gosto muito da sua revista Brazzil mas nao consegui renovar a assinatura e me disseram que ja nao existe mais. Gostaria de comprar um CD das revistas impressas desde o inicio. Poderia mandar informacoes? Costumava assinar a revista mas anos atraz a revista acabaou e nao sei como conseguir past issues ou revistas passadas online para copiar em CD. Agradeco resposta


  • Hellen

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :-* :- ๐Ÿ˜› 8) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 8) ๐Ÿ˜› :- :-* ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :-* :- ๐Ÿ˜› 8) ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜› :-* ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :- 8) ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 8) 8) ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› :- :- :- :-* :-* :-* ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ :-* :- 8) :-* ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ :-*

  • Joe

    Yes, they can be turned back
    By agreeing to the visa waiver program, not only can you be turned back at the airport, but you cannot appeal the decision. See (Brazil still is not listed as a country but maybe soon.)

  • non Brazilian

    can people still be turned back at the US airport?

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    Ok Bo. The next time I visit your country, I will skip Vegas and visit the Smithsonian. Something I always wanted to see,but for some reason or other, I couldnt manage!

  • bo

    [quote]New Visa Waivers Will Benefit Nevada’s Tourism Industry[/quote]

    People shouldn’t worry their little hearts about Nevada and tourism dollars, they’re doing quite well. No doubt the Nevada gaming commission was only one of the powerful lobbiest groups behind last years federal law making it more difficult for americans to gamble via the internet. This in itself has sent a lot more people travelling to Vegas.

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    [quote]will have many more flights full when going in the USA….and empty…for the return !

    You have reason. I can stretch myself and relax on the return flight at least ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ch.c.

    TAM and GOL…….
    …..will have many more flights full when going in the USA….and empty…for the return !

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    New Visa Waivers Will Benefit Nevada’s Tourism Industry
    Bo, even without the Visa Waivers, Nevada Tourism Industry got the benefit from my presence ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One of the examples of how a government and businesses can work together to develop a desert into an attractive tourist spot and provide jobs for people.We were impressed by the diversified nationalities flocking into Vegas and enjoying their stay and having a good time.

  • b

    Links to real news on this

    Go to and search for HR 1. I couldn’t find brazil mentioned anywhere in the bill text. Eventually, the final published version will appear here: It does appear that there are many rules for Brazil (or any country for that matter) to qualify for the visa waiver program. See Title VII Subtitle B of the bill.

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    [quote]did any one see brasil has to drop its visa for US citisens to come to brasil before the brasilians can get in without .

    A clarification, Forrest. According to what I read a few weeks ago, there is a Bill pending in the Brazilian Congress to waive the visas for the American Visitors too.In general, the visa waiver is a bilateral treaty between two countries.

    So if the news is true, we might be able to save a few hundred dollars with the visa fees and spend the money wisely for visitng the Museums,zoos and other interesting spots.

  • Shelly

    Joao da Silva
    Newsroom has given wrong information. According to the last paragraph of the “Estadao”, not all brazilians will be able to participate in the program and some will continue to need a visa. In order to be qualified for the program, Brazilians citizens will have to register with the NSA. The agency will then make a decision and I am sure the information will have to include a stool, blood and DNA sample.

  • Shelly

    “May not need” means that is not garanteed!
    Well, I can see that in terms of tourism the US has lost business, but didn’t know it was as high as 20%. As for the illegal immigration, this bill will provide the “go ahead” for the Brazilians, wait and see Portuguese will be the 2nd language of the US ;-). Most will overstay their visa, thus becoming an illegal-how is that supposed to solve the current situation?

  • forrest Brown

    long line
    so can any one here a large sucking sound as people line up to get papers to get to the US

    did any one see brasil has to drop its visa for US citisens to come to brasil before the brasilians can get in without .
    that is a bunch of money brasil will loose

    but knowing the nutt less goverment they will let them come and load up our systems .
    and drive the taxpayers out

  • Tim Dederick

    Clarification of the bil
    This bill has been in the works for the for a number of years, became bill earlier this year, finally cleared the house & senate & signed into law by George Bush Aug 3rd. It “tightens” security by having existing visa waiver countries reciprocate with some biometric crap. In the same bill, 13 new countries were added to the Visa waiver program, including Brazil. The lobby group “Power of Travel” ( claims sponsorship. This lobby is comprised of numerous businesses across the US that indicate that since Sept 11,2001 the US has lost 20% in tourism, and the strict (offensive) treatment of people overstaying their visa was further eroding public opinion of US policy. This bill is intended to turn that around. What’s still not clear to me yet is when this law is supposed to take effect.

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    Brazilians Don’t Need a Visa to Visit the US Anymore
    The title of this article should be “Brazilians MAY not need a Visa………”. I just now read the news in Estadร€ฦ’ยฃo.Here is the link:

  • bo

    This site is becoming as bad as…
    the National Enquirer!

    This act that was signed yesterday by Bush is called the 9/11 commission act of 2007. You can google it. It is tightening security for the existing 27 countries that participate in the VWP, and not one of them are from Latin America.

  • bo

    It’s horseshit…
    plain and simple. With all the illegal alien fuss at the moment there is no way that the U.S. would allow Brazilians, who are the 2nd largest perpetrator of illegals on the southern border known as OTM, a free pass.

  • Brazilian Dude

    Joร€ฦ’ยฃo da Silva
    Count me in. Better in the water than flying blind at 600 knots and 35,000 feet hoping you’re not heading for a headbutt with some other poor bastard!

  • sangroncito

    I second doggydaddy….this should be major front page news in Brazil…but not a word. Is this for real???

  • doggydaddy

    Why is this news only to appear on this site and not via google news or other Brazilian web news sites? Is this true or a hoax?
    You would think that this would be all over the Brazilian media..Front Page!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lucas R.

    Congratulations Mr President Bush. That’s the way to do it.

  • Joรƒฦ’ร‚ยฃo da Silva

    Brazilian Dude
    [quote]Or maybe going by cruise ship would be a better option. [/quote]

    Have no fear, Dude.We have high level connections in this site. In case you dont know,the name is Admiral.Brown. All we have to do is to find his stolen boat Roamdeep.He gives us a free ride to U.S. Better than taking a cruise ship!

    Hey Forrest,is it a deal?

  • Brazilian Dude

    All we need now is a lot of patience and guts to brave our airports on the first leg of the journey, and a horseshoe, a cloverleaf, a rabbit’s foot and a patuร€ฦ’ยก for good measure for the russian roulette that involves flying in brazilian airspace and landing here.
    Or maybe going by cruise ship would be a better option.

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