Brazil: Temporary visa exemption for 4 countries to begin June 1

What does the change mean? From June 1 to Sept. 18, nationals of the four countries may visit Brazil for tourist purposes without a visa for stays of up to 90 days.brazil_3323549b

  • Implementation time frame: June 1 to Sept. 18.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa exemption.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan and the U.S.
  • Impact on processing times: The waiver will temporarily eliminate visa processing for affected nationals.

Business impact: Business activities are not permitted on the visa waiver. Anyone intending to conduct business, work, study or engage in other nontourist activities must apply for an appropriate visa at a Brazilian consulate.

Background: The government announced in January that visas would be temporarily lifted for the four countries to promote tourism before and during the Olympic Games. Eligible nationals will not need to apply for a visitor visa at a consulate and will instead have their passports stamped upon arrival. Individuals competing in the Olympics are not eligible for the visa waiver.