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Visa Waiver Program

Brazil’s Visa Waiver Program

Following the announcement that Brazil will allow US, Japanese, Australian and Canadian tourists to enter the country during the 2016 Olympic Games without a visa, government site www.visitbrazil.com has released a fact-sheet illustrating everything you need to know about the program.

 

Have a read of Brazil’s Visa Waiver Program here:

Brazil’s Visa Waiver Program

 

Information on whether or not a tourist visa to come to Brazil is required can be found at:

http://www.portalconsular.mre.gov.br/estrangeiros/quadro-geral-deregime-de-vistos

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A visa-less entry into Brazil during Olympics

Brazil has announced that it will allow US, Japanese, Australian and Canadian tourists to enter the country during the 2016 Olympic Games without a visa.

Many countries (UK exempt) have to apply for a travel permit to enter the country which lasts for up to 90 days. However, with the Olympic Games just around the corner, Brazil have wavered the visa in the hopes of drawing people to the country for the Games held in Rio De Janeiro from August 5- 21 2016.

The decision has been made to provide the country with a much needed financial boost by increasing the volume of travellers in and out of Brazil. Brazilian Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves has high hopes for the three-month initiative.  “The goal is for leisure travellers from the four countries to increase by 20 percent” he said.

Not only that, but Brazilian Airline Azul have created a round-trip flight pass which enables unlimited flights all over the country for one set price.

The waiver is only temporary however lasting from 1st June 2015 to 18th September 2016 and valid for a maximum stay of 90 days from entry into Brazil.

source  Reuters

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Rio 2016 Olympic Torch

Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Unveiled

With only 396 days to go for the most anticipated sporting event since London hosted a record breaking Olympic Games in 2012, Brazil is preparing to light up the stage with a magnitude of celebrations –Brazilian style.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff unveiled the iconic Rio 2016 Olympic torch over the weekend at a ceremony in Brasilia; the design of which has been described as “Simple, but beautiful”.

12,000 people will be chosen to carry the Olympic torch through 300 Brazilian cities next year in the 100 days leading up to the event. Each person will carry the 1kg – 1.5kg, recycled aluminium and resin torch 300 metres in the relay which will begin in the Brazilian capital in May 2016.

In her interview, Ms Rousseff said that the Games would bring “honour and pride” to the country and stated that Brazil will “rise to the challenge and will organise a safe and successful Games”.

One of its main innovations of the torch’s design is the movement of segments, which open up and expand vertically when the Olympic flame is passed from one torchbearer to another. This is known as “the kiss of the torches”.

Its segmented design also reveals the elements that add the Brazilian flavour – diversity, energy and nature – represented by the sea, mountains, sky and sun, and the colours of the Brazilian flag.  “The design of the Rio 2016 torch was inspired by the Olympic Spirit, our country’s nature, and the harmonious diversity and energy of our people,” said Beth Lula, Rio 2016’s brand director.

Although there is still much to do before the lead up to the Games with members of the International Olympic Committee expressing their concerns over the delays in works, Rousseff says “we are confident that we can meet the challenges before us” and ensures that Brazil will “put on a historic Olympics.”

Until then, the next few months will see Rio 2016 and the torch relay partners – Coca-Cola, Nissan and Bradesco – announce public campaigns to select the torchbearers to deliver an honourable ceremony through the cities of Brazil, the first South American Country to host the Olympics.

Source BBC News and Rio 2016 

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