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End of visa increases tickets demand to Brazil

March 29, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The announcement that Australian, Canadian, Japanese and American tourists will be visa-free as of June 17th made the search for flights to Brazil skyrocket. This is what shows a survey published by Kayak, an international travel website. The highest increase was registered in Australia (36%), followed by the United States (31%), Canada (19%) and Japan (4%).

The survey, based on data from March 21st, considered flights from all airports in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States to Brazilian terminals. The figures are the result of a comparison between the daily average of searches from March 1st to 15th and from 18th to 20th of the same month for trips from April 1st to December 31st, 2019.

The end of the visa requirement is part of a decree published by the Brazilian government on the 18th. According to the text, the benefit includes visitors who have valid passports intending to visit the country for leisure and business tourism, artistic or sports activities or exceptional situations of national interest. Visitors may stay up to 90 days, extendable for the same period if it does not exceed 180 days, every 12 months, counted from the date of the first entry in the country. Visitors who exceed this period will be considered illegal and subject to appropriate measures by the Brazilian government.

Currently, tourists from all four countries have the benefit of an electronic visa. implemented last year, the modality boosted the arrival of visitors from these four countries. Overall, Brazil received over 715,000 tourists from these four countries, a number 15% higher than in 2017. The US has sent 13% more tourists, exceeding the 500,000 mark. Canada, in turn, had an even greater proportional increase, 45%, exceeding 71,000 tourists in 2018. Australia recorded a growth of 25%, and Japan, 5%. The survey was commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, based on data provided by the Federal Police.

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