Brazil Ease Visa Rules For Four Countries Ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

Updated: 01 June 2016 12:47 IST

The Brazil tourism ministry said that it was throwing their doors open to tourists from four countries because they are already a good market, have strong interest in the Olympics and pose a low security risk

Brazil Ease Visa Rules For Four Countries Ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics
The 2016 Rio Olympics, the first to be held in South America, start August 5. © AFP

Rio de Janeiro:

Brazil are lifting visa requirements for tourists from Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States starting Wednesday to encourage travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, the government said.

The tourism ministry said on Tuesday that it was throwing their doors open to tourists from the four countries because they are already a good market, have strong interest in the Olympics and pose a low security risk.

"These tourists will boost the country's economy by spending in hotels, restaurants, car hire, travel agencies and many other sectors," Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves said in a statement.

"In this period, our attractions will be on global view.

If we do our part, many of these tourists will return after the Olympics bringing friends and relatives," he said.

The Olympics, the first to be held in South America, start August 5.

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Topics : Other Sports Olympics 2016
Highlights
  • Brazil have eased visa rules ahead of Rio Olympics
  • Australia, Canada, Japan and the US are beneficiaries of the new rule
  • The Rio Olympics, first to be held in South America, start August 5
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