Brazil Considers Permanently Waiving Visa Fees for Visitors

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Brazil’s government is considering waiving visas for tourists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan, as part of an effort to make the country more appealing to international tourists.

Marx Beltrão, Brazil’s new Tourism Minister, spoke of the proposal last week at a tourism festival, calling for a 12-month trial period of a visa-waiver program similar to the program adopted for the Summer Olympics.

Brazil is interested in drawing more foreign investment and visitors to the country, according to Reuters, and would waive the current visa fees for international tourists which run as high as $160.

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The trial would initially run for a year, but if the tourism boost is big enough, the visa exemptions could become a permanent measure. Other countries could then reciprocate, which could eventually also include China, to remove visa requirements for Brazilian tourists, according to Reuters.

The ministry is also looking into the potential of removing hotel taxes for customers paying with international credit cards, Beltrão said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Beltrão will still need to gain approval from various departments of the government, including the foreign ministry department, for the proposal to go into effect.

This article originally appeared on Travel and Leisure.

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