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21/11/2017 - 18:46hs
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E-visa for Brazil made available

A system that enables travelers to apply online for a visa for the country was launched this Tuesday. At first, the system will only be available to citizens of Australia, Japan, Canada and the USA.



São Paulo – The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that its e-visa program (Programa de Visto de Visita por Meio Eletrônico) is available as of this Tuesday (21). Non-Brazilian visitors can apply for a visa for Brazil at www.vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa. Upon boarding their flight, travelers must provide a print copy or scanned image of the e-visa to their carrier of choice. This can be done on a computer, cell phone or tablet.

The Ministry said the e-visa will cost USD 40 with a maximum 2-year validity. The new system goes into effect this Tuesday for travelers from Australia, on January 11, 2018 for ones from Japan, on January 18 for Canadians and on January 25 for citizens of the United States.

According to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, these countries were first picks because in 2016, they accounted for 63.74% of tourist visa and for 58.15% of business visa applications for Brazil. This Tuesday, the Ministry said that “the results will lead to further studies conducive to the addition of other nationalities.”

 Upon announcing its e-visa project last April, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry had said that a second phase could see visas made available for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India and China.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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