Brazil recently reintroduced visa requirements for US tourists and visitors from other countries. The move is in response to the US’s decision to impose visa requirements on Brazilian citizens.
The new visa requirements apply to US citizens, as well as citizens of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Those affected will now need to apply for a visa prior to traveling to Brazil.
The Brazilian government cited “reciprocity” as the reason for the move. The US started requiring Brazilian citizens to obtain visas in June 2019, citing the high number of visa overstays among Brazilian citizens visiting the US.
While the new visa requirements may make travel to Brazil more difficult for US citizens, the Brazilian government hopes that it will also help reduce illegal immigration. The government also hopes that the visa requirements will encourage more tourists to visit Brazil and help boost the country’s economy.