Brazil to End Reciprocity Rule and Allow Americans to Enter Country Without a Visa

Brazil plans to eliminate visitor visas for Americans, the country’s tourism minister informed, as President Jair Bolsonaro seeks to turn around the lagging tourism sector and engineer cozier relations with the United States.

The visa initiative is part of the Foreign Ministry’s plan for the first 100 days in power of Bolsonaro, who assumed office on January 1st, Tourism Minister Marcelo Alvaro Antonio said in an interview.

“Our intention is really to eliminate visa applications for Americans,” Antonio said.

Bolsonaro won the presidency running on a right-wing populist platform and is an open admirer of US President Donald Trump. He has sought to realign Brazil with the United States, unlike the leftist Workers Party government that led the country for 13 of the past 15 years and favored relations with fellow developing economies.

“The left has treated the United States as an adversary, but not our government,” Antonio said. “President Bolsonaro wants to embrace the United States as a partner of Brazil.”

Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy but has long punched below its weight in tourism. The country currently receives 6.6 million foreign tourists a year, roughly half that of New York City alone.

Brazil will also seek to eliminate visas for Canadians, Japanese and Australians but the timeline is up to the Foreign Ministry, Antonio said. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.

Currently, U.S. citizens pay US$ 44 for a two-year visa, or US$ 160 for a 10-year one.

Antonio said bureaucracy increased for Americans seeking to visit Brazil under the Workers Party government, which supported equally strict treatment for Americans seeking Brazilian visas as Brazilians face when going to the United States.

Other plans to overhaul tourism policy include doubling the country’s spending on foreign tourism advertisements to more than US$ 34 million by 2023, said Antonio.

An existing target of doubling international visits to 12 million annually by 2022 remains in place, he said.

The government also is seeking to convert its national tourism board into an agency, allowing it to partner with private enterprises like airlines, which is currently forbidden, Antonio said.

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil’s Industry Leaders Ask Lula for Stability and Lower Interests

Brazil’s Minister of Finance, Antônio Palocci, said on Friday, August 5, that the government ...

Brazil’s Aeromot: Making Planes for 15 Countries

When talking about the Brazilian aeronautics industry, the first name that comes to mind ...

Brazil’s Drug War Is Filling Up Jails Like in the US

Nearly half of all people imprisoned in Brazil’s third most populous state, Rio de ...

Brazil Ratifies Paris Agreement and Vows to Cut Its Emissions by About 40%

Brazilian President Michel Temer ratified Brazil’s adoption of the Paris Agreement, which sets targets ...

While Some Call Brazil’s 20-Year Freeze, Shock Therapy, Foreign Markets Are Cheering

Brazilian President Michel Temer is a step closer to cementing his long-term austerity plan ...

Caixa's branch at rua das Flores, in Curitiba, Paraná state

Brazil’s President Plan to Privatize Major Bank Draws Noisy Opposition

The president of the Workers Party of Brazil denounced the government’s attempt to privatize ...

The US New Fancy Transformational Diplomacy Gives Top Status to Brazil

Through implementation of her "Transformational Diplomacy" initiative, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ...

Carioca Nights

Talking to himself the old man whispered something I didn’t understand. And then he ...