From November 21st Australian tourists have been able to apply for a temporary entry visa to Brazil with the document being issued electronically. In January 2018 the electronic system will also be available to Canadian, USA and Japanese tourists. Previously these countries residents had to travel to visa centres and Brazilian Consulates in their countries for visas.
This new system should increase foreign tourist inflow by up to 25% according to the World Tourism Organisation.
China with the largest tourist market in the world has signed an agreement with Brazil for the issue of five year tourism and business visas. Brazil is also set to expand the number of visa centres in China from three to twelve, these centres reduce visa wait time from 45 to 5 days.