Brazil has reached a record number of tourists in 2018, according to the latest statistics from Brazil Tourism. It is believed that the number has been triggered by the electronic visa program enrolled last year.
The number of tourists coming from the US, Canada and Australia increased in particular. While in 2017 there were 475,232 tourists that reached Brazil, in 2018 this number increased for 13.3% to 570,000 visitors.
The number of Canadians visiting Brazil increased for 45.4%, from 48,951 in 2017 to 71,160 in 2018. Whereas, the number of visitors from Australia, increased from 33,862 to 42,235, a 24.7% increase.
The overall number of tourists spiked up from approximately 6.5 million in 2017 to 6.6 million in 2018.
Currently, the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan are the only countries, which are eligible to apply for an electronic visa to Brazil for tourism or business purposes. This electronic visa permits them to remain in Brazil for a maximum of 90 days per year. Despite the simplified method for obtaining a visa, applicants need to pay as much as a Brazilian needs to pay to get a tourist visa to their country.
The electronic visa was introduced in December 2017 in a bid to lure more tourists to Brazil. Statistics show that the move has been quite successful.
However, starting from June 17, 2019, nationals of the US, Canada, Australia and Japan will be able to travel to Brazil for tourism and visiting friends and relatives without the need of a visa or an e-visa.
The Brazilian government decided to take this move in March this year, after a visit of the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in US, as a friendly gesture to US President Donald Trump.
However, until June 17, Americans, Canadians, Australians and Japanese will be required to get an e-visa before traveling to Brazil.