Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brazil offers e-visa to Americans in bid to increase tourism*

CELEBRATION: In this January 1, 2018 file photo, people watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year’s celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. —Photos: AP

STREET PARADE: In this January 6, 2018 file photo, members of a samba school parade along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Brazil is making it easier and cheaper for Americans to apply for a visa following a decline in the number of visitors from the US in recent years.

Started last week Thursday, Americans can complete the visa process completely online, instead of visiting a consulate or paying an expeditor to do so. The price of the visa will drop from US$160 to US$40.

The new e-visa programme has already been put in place for Australians, Japanese and Canadians as part of Brazil's efforts to attract more foreign tourists.


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