Brazil hopes to attract Canadian tourism

Born Jesus Street in Brazil

The Brazilian Government recently announced that it would be waiving visa requirements for Canadian travellers, in the hope of boosting visitor numbers from the country. Tourists from the US, Australia and Japan will also have their visa requirements waived.

Brazil previously adopted this measure on a temporary basis before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The announcement of the exemption was made to coincide with controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to the US this week, which will include, among other things, a meeting with Donald Trump. There is no indication, however, that the US plans to reciprocate the visa gesture.

While the exemption will, in theory, make it easier for Canadians to travel to Brazil, hopes of a sudden burst of tourism may be dashed, as there is currently a travel advisory in place for Canadians heading to Brazil; the Canadian Government recommends ‘a high degree of caution’ for citizens who are planning a trip south, due to factors such as high crime rates and gang violence. Additionally, pregnant Canadians – or those planning to become pregnant – are strongly advised to avoid Brazil due to the potential risks posed by the Zika virus.

UK passport holders do not currently need to have a visa in order to enter Brazil, although passports must be valid for at least six months and, upon arrival, travellers may be required to present a return ticket and proof that they are in possession of a certain level of funds.