The land that gifted the world Brazilian bikinis, Brazilian waxing and Havaianas will soon be even easier to access for Aussies. From November 21, 2017, Australian travellers will be able to go online and receive their Brazilian tourist visas in just 72 hours.
Currently, the processing time for a tourist visa to enter Brazil takes around 15 working days or longer and involves sending your passport, a passport photo, visa request form, fee and your itinerary for your travel to Brazil. The submission has to be in person at the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra or by post. Priority or express post does not apply.
When the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Rio de Janeiro last year, Brazil introduced a temporary visa-waiver program for travellers from Australia, USA, Canada and Japan for entry into the country without a visa for up to 90 days, and a saving of $63. According to BrazilGovNews, this temporary visa waiver saw a 55.31 per cent increase in the number of travellers from these countries compared to the same period in 2015.
With the proposed change to electronic tourist visa applications, the entire process from the application, payment of fees and analysis to being issued your Brazil tourist visa will be able to be done online. Other countries set to benefit from the introduction of Brazil's e-visas later this month are the USA, Canada and Japan.
President of Embratur (Brazil's tourism body) Vinicius Lummertz expects that simplifying the entry visa application process will boost the country's tourism revenue from nine per cent of the national GDP to 25 per cent.
Time to dust off your feathers and sequins and start practising the samba for the 2018 Carnaval!
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