The Brazilian Immigration Authorities have launched online visas for Americans on January 25, as promised in October 2017. The United States citizens who wish to visit and experience Brazil from now on do not need to go to a Brazilian embassy or consulate in order to obtain a tourist visa.

How can you get this type of visa?

Americans now need just a few minutes to complete the online application, which includes the uploading of few required documents and the answering of a few questions, thus saving time and hassle. They will be able to get a final response within four to five working days.

After receiving the approval of their visa, they must print the E-Visa. Upon arrival in Brazil, American visitors must present this printed copy, along with their passport, to the Brazilian border authorities.

The new visa is not just easier to get but also 75% cheaper than before. While one had to pay $160 in order to obtain a multiple entry visa for Brazil, now Americans can get the visa online for only $40  plus the service fee (which is less than $5). The only downside of the electronic visa is that it is valid for only two years, while the old one had a validity of 10 years.

Visitors can enter Brazil multiple times in two years with the new visa, but they are not permitted to stay there for more than 90 days per year.

Aside of American citizens, nationals of Australia, Canada and Japan can also apply for their Brazilian visitor visa via the new e-visa service.

The thinking behind it

The Brazilian authorities have taken this move in an attempt to lure more tourists to Brazil. The number of the  United States citizens visiting the country has declined significantly in the recent years. While approximately 657,000 American tourists visited Brazil in 2014, in 2015, the number dropped to 576,000, and in 2016, the year Rio de Janeiro hosted the summer Olympics, the number fell to 570,000. Though, the authorities had expected this number to grow because of the Olympic games.

The authorities are expecting a boost of at least 25% in foreign tourist arrivals. It is unknown how much the new visa facilities will affect tourism in Brazil, since right now there’s a yellow fever outbreak. The World Health Organization has recommended to internationals wishing to visit and experience Brazil  to get a yellow fever vaccination prior to their trip.

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