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The unique cultural integrity coupled with its natural beauty has made Brazil one of the most popular holiday destinations off late. Consequently, the tourism industry in Brazil is at its peak. With the recent policy shifts, this sector is all set to reach new heights. President Jair Bolsonaro who rose to power earlier this year reduced the visa requirements for a number of developed countries. In a first of its kind initiative, the government has extended this policy to developing countries as well.
During his recent visit to China, the Brazilian president announced that Indian and Chinese nationals visiting Brazil for tourism or business purposes will no longer require a visa to enter the country. The idea is to tap into the Southasian market and bring in more travellers from the region.
The government had earlier reduced visa requirements for tourists from Japan, Australia, US and Canada. Visitors from these developed nations now do not require a visa to enter Brazil for a duration of 90 days which can be further extended for another 90 days. However these countries in return have not yet dropped their visa rules.
Reports suggest that the reduction in visa requirements will not only boost tourism but will also prove beneficial to the economy. The idea behind the policy shift is to increase the contribution of the tourism sector to national GDP and bring it to about 25%.
As per government reports, Brazil is home to 4,700 Indians, with a closely knit Indian community in Sau Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaus. The two countries also share a multifaceted relationship in forums like BRICS, G-20, IBSA and others. By allowing visa free access, the Brazilian government aims to promote the country as a premiere tourist and business destination. However, the Indian visa regulations for Brazilian nationals are still quite extensive. They can avail e-visa which is available under five categories: e-Tourist, e-Business, e- Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference
In addition to Brazil, there are several other countries that allow visa-free entry to Indian tourists, including Fiji, Seychelles, Indonesia, Mauritius and the like. So pack your bags and fly away!
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