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Brazil: No Tourist Visa Required for Entry During 2016 Olympic Games

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a law that waives the requirement for foreigners to have a tourist visa to enter the country during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Brazil in 2016. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Dispensa de Visto para Turistas Durante Olimpíada de 2016, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (Oct 28, 2016).)

The proposal delegates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Tourism the power to waive the visa, enabling tourists to enter the country more easily.  The waiver will last for four months (from June through September 2016) and is expected to increase the number of tourists in Brazil. (Id.)

The proposal, which had already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies, will now be forwarded to President Dilma Roussef for her signature. An administrative order (Portaria) must be issued by the Ministry of Tourism within the next 30 days to regulate the new visa waiver. (Id.)