Brazil reintroduces visa requirement for US vacationers, others

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is reintroducing the requirement to acquire vacationer visas for residents of the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Japan beginning Oct. 1, the international ministry mentioned.

Former president Jair Bolsonaro had scrapped the visa necessities in 2019 to bolster the nation’s tourism business, however the 4 international locations continued to demand visas from Brazilians.

The choice to grant the visa exemptions had represented “a break with the sample of Brazilian migration coverage, traditionally based mostly on the ideas of reciprocity and equal therapy,” the international ministry mentioned in a press release launched quietly late Monday.

“Brazil doesn’t grant unilateral exemption from visiting visas, with out reciprocity, to different international locations,” the ministry mentioned, whereas noting that the federal government is able to negotiate visa waiver agreements on a reciprocal foundation.

Bolsonaro criticized the choice final week after the information outlet G1 first reported the upcoming change. “One other revocation by Lula. Much less jobs and fewer stimulus of the resort sector,” he mentioned on Twitter.

Unilateral choices just like the one made by Bolsonaro are uncommon in diplomacy, based on Leonardo Paz, a political scientist on the Getulio Vargas Basis, a college and suppose tank. Its reversal is a part of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s ambition to reaffirm its international coverage, an space uncared for underneath Bolsonaro, Paz mentioned.

Nonetheless, representatives of the tourism business had been vital of the transfer.

The chief govt of one among Rio de Janeiro’s high vacationer sights, the cable vehicles on Sugar Loaf Mountain, criticized the choice. Sandro Fernandes informed Folhapress earlier than the official announcement that the choice can be a “setback.”

“As an alternative of closing the door to 4 nationalities, we needs to be discussing that are the following 4 to launch visa exemptions. After which 4 extra. This needs to be the federal government’s agenda,” Fernandes mentioned.

Earlier than the pandemic hit, Brazil acquired 6.4 million vacationers in 2019, far beneath Mexico’s 45 million and fewer than Argentina’s 7.4 million, based on information from the United Nation’s World Tourism Group.

Information from Brazil’s tourism ministry signifies that entries of Individuals, Australians, Canadians and Japanese folks fell between 2019 and 2021, however the pandemic brought about the worldwide tourism business to grind virtually to standstill and is essentially answerable for the drop.

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