Australian passport holders travelling to Brazil for business or leisure will no longer need a pre-arranged visa from June 17 2019, when the South American country expands its visa-waiver scheme.
Currently, Brazil offers visa-free entry to many other nationals – including citizens of EU countries – although Australians have long needed a visa: either a passport sticker issued by a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate, or an eVisa arranged online, before travelling to Brazil.
Those requirements will continue up to and including June 16 2019, so if you plan to visit Brazil on or before that date, you’ll still need a visa: but come June 17, no visa is needed, and presenting your passport (and a completed arrivals card) is all that’s needed to enter Brazil.
“The government of Brazil seeks to promote greater exchanges between the Brazilian and the Australian societies,” said a representative of the Embassy of Brazil in Canberra.
In expanding the visa-waiver program to Australian travellers, “the expectation is that more Australians will come and visit Brazil… Australia’s largest economic partner in Latin America.”
As part of the changes, Brazil is also removing the visa requirement for citizens of Canada, Japan and the United States, who’ll be able to visit Brazil under the visa-waiver program from the same date.