Soon, there will be no need for Americans to obtain visa for entering Brazil, a sign of warming relationship between the two countries under the new administration of President Jair Bolsonaro.
From June 17 onward, Americans can enter Brazil without a visa, according to the Brazil Tourism Ministry.
They can stay there for 90 days without a visa and can extend the stay for another 90 days. If they want to stay longer than 180 days, they may have to obtain a visa.
Brazil has also removed Visa requirements for citizens of Australia, Japan and Canada.
“This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country,” said Marcelo Alvaro Antônio, Minister of Tourism, in a press statement.
The South American country has been easing up on foreign policies in a bid to bolster its tourism industry.
Last year, for example, it started issuing e-visas, allowing citizens of many countries to obtain permission online by paying US$40, plus a service fee.
The e-visa proved to be so successful that the number of tourist arrivals increased to 229,767 in 2018, up from 169,910 visas in 2017.
The announcement comes barely a day after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro met his US counterpart Donald Trump at the White House.