Brazil Introduces Olympic Visa Waiver Program


Travellers from Canada, as well as the Unites States, Japan and Australia, who plan to visit Brazil between June 1 and Sept. 18 will be exempt from needing a Brazilian visa.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff sanctioned a draft law, which determines such a waiver, last November. The initiative will facilitate the entry of athletes and international tourists who wish to come to Brazil to accompany the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.

The visa waiver will benefit those who are in Brazil until Sept. 18 (end date of the Paralympic Games), for a period of stay limited to 90 days, from the date of first entry. The visitor does not need to provide proof of tickets to attend any of the Olympic events.