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The Brazil government announced mid-March that it will officially drop visa requirements for citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, and Japan starting June 17.

As the summer rolls around, visitors from these countries will be able to stay in Rio, Sao Paolo, and the rest of the country for up to 90 days without a visa, with the option to extend by another 90 days. Just turn up to the airport with your valid passport. For those traveling to Brazil between now and mid-June you still need to apply for the e-visa.

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This latest move isn't too surprising. Newly sworn-in president Jair Bolsonaro has been actively working on boosting tourism in the country.

In January 2018, the country also launched an e-visa program that lets US citizens get a visa online in less than 24 hours, and for $44 instead of the previous laborious visit to the embassy that would cost travelers $160. According to the Foreign Ministry, this move reportedly increased visa applications to Brazil by 35%.

“This is one of the most important achievements of the Brazilian tourism industry in the last 15 years and we are confident that it will be extremely beneficial to the country," said Marcelo Alvaro Antônio, Brazil's Minister of Tourism, in a Visit Brasil press release.

Now the only difficult decision is—where in Brazil should you visit next?

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