The government will again require visas for travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia – News

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace
Ricardo Stuckert/PR – 02/28/2023

The government will reinstate visa requirements for tourists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. The decision was taken on Wednesday (8), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already determined that the Brazilian embassies abroad communicate the measure to the four countries.

The entry visa exemption for these countries was determined in 2019, under the leadership of then President Jair Bolsonaro (PL). However, these nations continued to require the document for the entry of Brazilians, which caused some resistance in Itamaraty, due to the principle of reciprocity.

According to members of the federal government, the visa waiver has not led to an increase in the number of tourists to Brazil. There is still no official date for the measure to take effect at the country’s borders, but members of the executive say it will be soon.

The measure has been criticized by former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) on social media, who says the non-requirement of a visa “has increased our flow of tourists”. “Another dismissal of Lula. Fewer jobs and discouragement for the hotel sector,” wrote the former president.

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