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Published on Monday, June 17, 2019

Americans can now travel to Brazil visa-free






Starting today, Americans can now visit Brazil without a visa.


A joint agreement between Presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro was signed back in March giving US passport holders 90 days in the country 


This can then be extended for a stay to up to 180 days.


Nationals of Canada, Japan and Australia also now get visa-free entry.


American Airlines welcomed the move.


"American Airlines applauds the Brazilian government for instituting a no-visa requirement that will allow for US, Canadian, Japanese and Australian visitors to travel to Brazil without a visa," said Martha Pantin, American's director of corporate communications.


AA flies to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Manaus.


The visa-free facility was first trialled during the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and then a year later, Brazil introduced online visa processing with the fee slashed from $160 to $40.


Inbound numbers have been steadily growing since with the Brazilian ministry of tourism citing a 35% increase since the e-visa facility was rolled out.


It has also spurred the launch of new flights.


Brazilian carrier GOL launched new nonstop routes from Brazil to Miami and Orlando in late 2018.

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