Brazil: US, Canada and Australia won’t need a visa yet

by Pilar Dujan | January 5, 2024
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Citizens of the USA, Canada and Australia will be required to apply for a visa before they travel to Brazil. This new measure was put in place because of the principle of reciprocity: since Brazilians need a visa to travel to those countries, Brazil will be asking for the same in return. 

When will Brazil start asking travelers for a visa? 

Initially, the new visa requirement was going to be put in place starting on January 10, 2024. However, it was pushed back.

Yesterday, the Brazilian government announced that starting on April 10th, 2024, travelers from Canada, Australia and the US will need to be holders of a Brazil eVisa to be able to enter the country. 

On one hand, a reason for the delay is that the system couldn’t be made to work correctly in time.

On the other hand, the months of January and February comprise the high season in Brazil: it’s the height of summer and carnaval, a time when people travel from all over the continent and the world to join in the lively festivities. The move to delay the visa helps Brazil avoid issues that could negatively impact the time in which they receive the biggest amount of tourists. 

Update: Brazil has postponed visa requirements for travelers from Australia, Canada, and the United States. It is expected that from April 10, 2025, travelers from these countries will need a visa to enter Brazil. However, they can apply for an electronic visa to travel to Brazil for tourism, business, sports events, artistic performances, or transit.

What do we know about the eVisa for Brazil?

There are not a lot of details about the travel document yet, but the government announced that it would be similar to the US ESTA

  • The Brazil eVisa will allow for multiple entries into the country
  • It will have a validity of 10 years