Indian and Chinese passport holders will soon be able to travel to Brazil visa-free, says the President of the country Jair Bolsonaro.
During a meeting with the President of People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, which was his first official visit to China since he took Presidency at the beginning of this year, Bolsonaro said that Brazil is looking forward to abolishing visa regime for two countries, China and India.
According to Bolsonaro, his country would not require a visa from Indian and Chinese nationals visiting the country for tourism or business. He, however, pointed out that Brazil was alone in its decision, as the other two countries did not promise reciprocity “at first”.
“There will be no reciprocity in the beginning. The US, Australia, Japan, and Canada are already exempt from short-term tourist and business visas. The next country should be India,” Bolsonaro reportedly said.
Both India and China are part of BRICS – an association of five major emerging national economies including Brazil, Russia, and South Africa. They are the two countries with the largest population in the world. While China has a population of about 1.39 billion people, India has another 1.3 billion.
As of last June, nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan are eligible to travel to Brazil for tourism and visiting friends or family members, without the need of a visa.
Under the visa-free regime, these nationals are permitted to stay in Brazil for a maximum period of stay of 90 days within six months.
Until June, the USA, Australia, Canada, and Japan were the only countries, eligible to apply for an electronic visa to Brazil for tourism or business purposes, which was introduced in December 2017 in a bid to lure more tourists to Brazil. Authorities claim that the move has been quite successful.