For those who already have a visa to Brazil, this won’t be such great news, but for those who don’t currently have a visa, this South American country has some fantastic news for citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. To help share the Olympics with as many people as possible, Brazil is going to waive the visa fee beginning in June of this year.Visa fees will begin to be charged again in mid-September. The waiver period is for up to 90 days. Because the Summer Games lasts from August 5 until August 21, tourists will be able to see much of Brazil both before and after the Games’ scheduled dates. With no visa fee it’s a wonderful way for Brazil to say ‘welcome’ to citizens of those four countries.The visa waiver is geared for bringing in those individuals and families who wish to see the Olympics games. With the Summer Games being held in the city of Rio de Janeiro this year, officials are hoping that the increased level of tourism will bring in a substantial amount of money. Brazil needs this extra tourism and an event like the Summer Olympics is sure to be one that will boost the receding economy. China is also offering a similar visa waiver program, although it is for only six days. It will also assist the Chinese economy some, but most likely not as much as the Brazilian’s change in their visa program. Things are hopeful that a 90 day visa waiver will bring in millions of dollars to the Brazilian economy.Tickets for the Games are sold at varying rates, with some sold as day passes as low as $1 USD, and others for single events. Hotels are also offering discounted rates for the time frame around the Summer Games’ schedule.
There is still paperwork to be filed, and other requirements that must be met (the fee is the only requirement for entry that is being waived, and other requirements have not been waived), so if there are any questions or concerns, it’s highly recommended to have a consultation with the Brazilian consulate for your specific country before leaving your home country.
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