The introduction of the Brazil eVisa has led to a record year for tourism in the country, the latest statistics from Brazil Tourism have shown.
The organization announced that in 2018, the same year the new electronic visa system was introduced, the overall number of visitors to Brazil rose to 6.6 million from 6.5 million in 2017, setting a new record for tourist arrivals.
The biggest jump in arrivals came from the nationalities newly eligible to apply for the Brazil visa online: Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States.
Arrivals from Canada proved to be the fastest growing, rising from 48,951 visitors in 2017 to 71,160 in 2018, an increase of 45%. The second biggest increase, 24.7%, came from Australian citizens, whose numbers grew from 33,862 to 42,235.
Arrivals in Brazil from the United States rose from 475,232 the previous year to 538,532, an increase of 13%, while Japanese numbers grew from 60,342 to 63,708, an increase of 5.6%.
Following the release of the statistics, the Minister for Tourism for Brazil, Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, declared his belief that the implementation of the eVisa was successful in its goal to promote tourism in the country, and that the program is expected to continue to increase visitor numbers in the coming years.
Brazil eVisa waiver program main facts
The eVisa waiver program was officially implemented on June 17th, 2018 for citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States with a valid passport. Those eligible can apply through a simple online application in just a few minutes by filling in the traveler’s personal and passport information and details of the trip and answering some security-related questions.
The Brazilian eVisa is normally processed within 5 working days and then sent directly to the applicant by email. It is valid for 2 consecutive years from the moment of approval and is a multiple-entry visa, meaning that travelers can enter Brazil multiple times during the period of validity.
Holders of the eVisa are able to stay in Brazil for 90 days with each entry, although it is possible to extend the length of each stay for an extra 90 days, as long as the traveler does not exceed a total of 180 days in Brazil per year.
Aside from tourism, the Brazil eVisa also permits the holder to travel to Brazil for a wide variety of purposes. These include purposes of business and transit, to study or research, for journalism, voluntary work, short-term medical treatment, as well as to take part in sporting or artistic activities, seminars or conferences, and cultural or scientific programs. The eVisa is also available for a fiancé(e) or spouse of a Brazilian citizen.
The introduction of the eVisa means that it is easier than ever to travel to Brazil and discover all of the many unique attractions the country has to offer, from the historic capital of Salvador de Bahía to the dense jungles of the Amazon, to the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carnival celebrations, and Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. And, if the increase in numbers so far is an indication, tourism in the country should only continue to rise under the new e-Visa program.
Visit onlinevisa.com for further news and updates about the eVisa for Brazil, as well as to check visa requirements for every country in the world.