Brazilian Officials Study Permanent Visa Waiver for Visitors

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.

“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 . . .

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