Americans interested in visiting Brazil will have one less obstacle running interference on vacation plans. On Monday, the Brazilian government announced that visa requirements for American, Canadian, Australian and Japanese visitors are being waived. It’s a move they hope will help increase tourism, boosting economic growth and courting foreign investment in the process. The South American country’s main draw, Rio de Janiero, saw a whopping $320 million decrease in spent tourism dollars in the first four months of 2017 compared with the same period of 2016.
The unilateral move is likely to annoy some Brazilian who have championed the prior reciprocal approach to the entry visa process. The United States is one of only a few countries requiring Brazilians to apply for a visa before visiting. That measure will stay in place for the time being despite Brazil lifting their restraints on Americans. Editor’s Note: As someone who has had travel plans to Brazil disrupted because of the previous visa process, this is welcome news.