A South America Visa Change and Better News Up North


Is Brazil in your bucket checklist? If so, you’d higher get your tickets now and head there earlier than January 10, 2024 in the event you’re from the USA, Canada, or Australia. Because after that, a giant South America visa change is coming, the primary one in a few years. Brazil goes to start out charging you a major sum for the pleasure of spending your cash there.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil visa cost change

When the previous president of Brazil noticed the tourism numbers spike in Argentina and Chile after they dropped their reciprocal visa payment, he rightly assumed the identical factor would occur in Brazil in the event that they dropped their costly entry visa. It was solely in place for a 12 months earlier than the pandemic hit, nevertheless, so there was no time to actually see an impression from this South America visa change, particularly since Brazil’s Covid-19 deaths numbers have been among the many highest on this planet per capita. Nobody needed to go to Brazil at the moment.

The New Visa Charge to Visit Brazil

The new president needed to make his mark when coming into workplace and took motion to roll again this determination and return to the outdated methods. Citing equity as the explanation, vacationers coming to Brazil on trip pays the identical quantity Brazilians pay to go the opposite path. (Never thoughts that some Brazilians keep within the U.S. or Canada illegally however that seldom occurs in reverse.) So now the Brazil visa payment might be a whopping $160 per particular person for Americans, or $640 shelled out earlier than arriving for a household of 4. “Family travel in Brazil” might turn into an oxymoron.

As greatest I can inform, the quantity for Canadians will soar from zero to US$80 and for Australians, it’ll be US$45.

This was initially speculated to be converted in October, however the authorities couldn’t get its act collectively in time and it was pushed again to January 10, 2024. If they’re nonetheless not prepared so that you can get your journey visa on-line at that time, I assume they are going to delay it once more.

You will be unable to only present up on the airport as soon as this technique is prepared. You might want to apply prematurely on-line with supporting paperwork and pay the hefty payment.

To play it protected, I’d plan that journey to Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls, or the seashores to reach earlier than January 10. After all, $160 pays for lots of meals or cocktails. And you’d be supporting native enterprise homeowners with that cash as an alternative of handing it throughout to the federal government.

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Iguacu Falls South America visa needed

This goes to make it particularly sophisticated and costly to go to Iguazu Falls on the Argentina aspect and the Brazilian aspect. For the previous few years that was simple since each nations have been visa-free, however now it’s going to imply a really costly crossover. So I think about we’ll return to the state of affairs the place Argentina is getting 3X the variety of overseas guests on their aspect that Brazil is getting on theirs.

If you’re questioning whether or not that is the most costly South America visa, the reply is that it’s a tie. Bolivia additionally has the identical reciprocal visa scheme, which is one motive why it will get far fewer guests than its neighbors. Plus Bolivia has even fewer preparations with different nations than Brazil does, so it’s extra than simply Americans, Canadians, and Australians who pays to enter there.

Other Latin America Visa News

While the South America visa information is damaging, I’ve bought excellent news for 2 Latin American nations north of the Panama Canal.

Costa Rica introduced in September that they’re extending the time that guests can keep of their nation with a vacationer visa obtained on arrival, from 90 days to 180 days. This applies to all “group one” nations that solely want a passport to enter Costa Rica. There are plenty of nations on this checklist together with the USA, Canada, most European nations, most South American nations, Japan, and South Africa.

Costa Rica Central America luxury

This is very nice information for snowbirds who escape the chilly up north and are available all the way down to Costa Rica for the winter. Previously, in the event that they needed to remain greater than 90 days, they needed to do a border run to a neighboring nation and return with a brand new passport stamp. Now they will keep for practically six months.

This can be nice information for distant employees and nomads who wish to discover Costa Rica in depth whereas nonetheless getting their work achieved when wanted. And hey, that’s good for the planet too since Costa Rica will get most of its energy from renewable vitality. Last, it’s excellent news for individuals who wish to put money into Costa Rica actual property and don’t wish to rush the method.

The final change is a procedural rule that’s making it simpler on guests: Mexico’s “permission to stay” visa on arrival is now digital as an alternative of being in paper type, now at practically each airport. Previously, guests needed to fill out a paper type upon arrival in Mexico and so they then needed to cling onto the underside stub of that type the entire time they have been within the nation, surrendering it upon departure. Anyone who misplaced it needed to pay a effective.

Now that the system is digital and passport-based, there’s no paper to maintain monitor of and this implies there’s much less likelihood an immigration officer in a nasty temper will put lower than the usual 180 days in your passport.

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Article by Timothy

Timothy Scott is the founder and editor of Luxury Latin America and has been masking the area as a journey journalist because the mid-2000s. He has visited every nation we cowl a number of instances and is predicated in a UNESCO World Heritage metropolis in central Mexico, the place he owns a house. See contact data right here.


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