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Brazil to resume visa requirements for US, Japan, Australia and Canada – sources

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By Lisandra Paraguassu

BRASILIA (RockedBuzz via Reuters) – Brazil has decided to resume visa requirements for citizens of the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada, two sources familiar with the matter told RockedBuzz via Reuters on Wednesday.

The country’s foreign ministry, known as Itamaraty, is expected to announce the decision to the governments of the four countries on Thursday. The Brazilian government will later publicly announce the measure.

The decision suspends a unilateral decision former President Jair Bolsonaro’s government took in June 2019 to facilitate tourism.

Brazilians still need visas to travel to the four countries.

A diplomatic source said the 2019 decision to lift visa requirements weakened Brazil’s ability to negotiate with those countries.

Studies by the Brazilian government also showed that the impact on tourism numbers was minimal, although the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic may also have limited a potential boost.

The number of tourist arrivals from the United States – which represent a small fraction of tourists to Brazil – in 2022 was still lower than in 2018.

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese tourists decreased in 2019 by 4.5% and only 17,000 visited Brazil in 2022.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Josie Kao)