By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Government officials in Brazil are discussing the extension of the permanent visa-waiver, which was in place during the Olympics and Paralympics for citizens of several countries including Canada and the United States. The plan being proposed would be for a year, and potentially open to more countries than the waiver offered during the Games.

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Visa waiver to Brazil may become permanent for citizens from the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia, as well as others, photo by Tânia Rêgo/Agência Brasil.

“In the period of the [Olympic/Paralympic] Games, 75 percent of the tourists of the four nationalities (Japan, Canada, Australia and the United States) benefited from the exemption measure to enter Brazil. These foreigners spent US$142 million in the country,” said Tourism Minister Marx Beltrão on Saturday in João Pessoa, Paraiba.

Reiterating what he said in an earlier interview to The Wall St. Journal, he added, “We must take advantage of the visibility of these major events to reduce bureaucracy for those who want to come (to the country) and expand to the world our (tourism) destinations.”

Beltrão said in his interview, the extension could also include other countries that were not granted the waivers during the Games, such as China. The Minister said that the plan calls for a waiver to be first given for a twelve-month period, after which the government could better evaluate the results from the measure.

According to Panrotas, a website for tourism professionals, Brazilian destinations which most attract foreigners to Brazil are Rio de Janeiro (78 percent), the Amazon Rainforest (51 percent) and São Paulo (48 percent).

Tourism analysts report the impression made on the rest of the world by Rio and of Brazil during this year’s Games was very positive, not only for those who visited the Olympic city, but for the almost five billion spectators who watched the Games on television in every part of the world.


  1. I’m married to a Brazilian women we were married in the USA, how do I get a citizenship here in Brazil, I own land and thinking of moving here but no drivers license or Brazil I.D. other then the one I have front the post office help if anyone can I’m in Brazil until the 28th of October then returning to America

  2. hi Rich, you will be needing following documents Birth certificate,marrige certificate, police certificate all attested in USA from foreign affair office and attested from brazilian embassy in USA then you can bring all these documents here and apply for the ID and CPF for more details contact me on its a long process and much more details

  3. Brazil needs a ,ore efficient Visa system like the Argentina recipriocity fee you do on line or like Chile where you pay money at the airport and receive the visa on arrival or like this indian model of visas you up load information photos pay the fee and when you arrive to India well Brazil Rio Dejaneiro you receive the visa on arrival. Brazil needs an electronic system like India and receive the visa on arrival for tourists or like Argentina charge Australians USa and Canadians a fee online but the visa on arrival is the best system but you upload photos and pay yhe fee online then receive the visa on arrival at Rio or Sao Paulo


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