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Brazil Stops Tourist Visas for Travellers from Selected Countries

From 17th June 2019, travellers visiting Brazil from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States will not require a tourist visa.

The change in tourist visa requirements comes as the Brazilian government attempts to increase the countries tourism. Citizens from the selected countries of Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S. are now able to visit the South American country of Brazil for up to 90 days from the day of entry, with a valid passport. There is also the option of an extended stay for up to 180 days without obtaining a visa.

The Brazilian government previously offered the option of an e-visa which increased the countries business, tourism and transit visitor numbers by 35 percent in 2018 compared to 2017.  

Being the world’s fifth largest country, Brazil has many attractions.

There are many outdoor activities, places to visit and naturally stunning sights to discover across Brazil, including the world’s largest tropical wetlands of Pantanal, the famous Amazon Rainforest and the Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls

Eric Bartanen, spokesperson for the Southern Explorations adventure travel company specialising in trips to South American said: “The new visa waiver comes just in time for prime wildlife viewing in the Pantanal. June to September is low-water season. That means animals congregate around water sources, making them easier to spot. Also, the odds of spotting a jaguar are at the highest this time of year.”

The Pantanal is a favourite destination for nature lovers.

The Pantanal wetlands are situated across the western borders of Brazil with Bolivia and Paraguay. Covering more than 42 million acres they are home to over 1.000 species of butterfly and more than 100 species of mammals. Visitors may have the chance to see jaguars, tigers, anteaters, capybaras, heron and the jabiru stork. The area is also one of three places in the world with a population of hyacinth macaw.

The Amazon rainforest lies across the north west of Brazil and other South American countries including Columbia and Peru. Famed for its biodiversity, river network and 19th century architecture it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering an area of 5.5 million square kilometres.

Brazil’s Baia do Sancho beach was also rated the best in the world by TripAdvisor users ahead of summer 2019.

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