By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Tourists from the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada can now apply for visas to Brazil through the internet and the process will take at the most 72 hours, after the documents are received, according to officials.

With the measure the Brazilian government expects to increase the number of U.S. visitors by 200,000 per year alone in the country.

"If we want to compete for the international tourist, we have to end the bureaucracy and spread a red carpet for them to choose our destinations, shake the economy . . .

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