Is a trip to Brazil on your bucket list? You can now travel to the South American country to enjoy Amazon terrain, world-famous celebrations and more than 7,000 miles of breathtaking coast without a visa. Americans officially no longer need visas when entering Brazil. Obtaining a visa to visit Brazil had been notoriously tough for travelers up until recently. An online application process was approved for travelers from the United States in 2017. However, travelers had been required to visit embassies or consulates in order to secure visas prior to that.
Visa-free travel to Brazil for Americans became effective on June 17. Americans are now free to explore the wonders of Brazil for up to 90 days without the need to obtain visas under the current arrangement. Visa-free travel is also available for travelers from Japan, Australia and Canada.
What prompted the change in visa requirements for Brazil? Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's meeting with President Donald Trump in March of this year seems to be the cause. The two leaders released a joint statement letting the world know that Bolsonaro intended to create a visa exemption for American citizens seeking to visit his country. Bolsonaro also agreed to work with the Trump administration to make it possible for Brazil to take the steps needed to fully participate in the Trusted Traveler Global Entry Program that is operated by the Department of Homeland Security.
Airlines aren't wasting any time when it comes to reacting to the news that visa-free travel is now possible for American citizens. Many airlines are launching direct routes to Brazil from the United States. Miami and Orlando are seeing lots of activity in that regard. American Airlines is the carrier with the highest number of direct routes to Brazil from the United States. Travelers can fly directly to Brazilian hubs like Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, São Paulo and Manaus using the carrier.