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Brazil waives visa requirement during Olympic period

Brazilian Olympic officials and politicians pose with Vinicius, the mascot of the Rio 2016 Olympics, at the Itaquerao Stadium, during a ceremony to present Sao Paulo as a host city for the Olympic soccer tournament. Ten soccer matches will be played in Sao Paulo, but most Olympic events will be held in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian Olympic officials and politicians pose with Vinicius, the mascot of the Rio 2016 Olympics, at the Itaquerao Stadium, during a ceremony to present Sao Paulo as a host city for the Olympic soccer tournament. Ten soccer matches will be played in Sao Paulo, but most Olympic events will be held in Rio de Janeiro. AP

Brazil said Monday that U.S., Canadian, Australian and Japanese citizens will be able to visit Brazil without a visa for 90 days from the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics to the conclusion of the Paralympic Games.

Brazilian Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves said the hope is that the temporary visa waiver program, which runs from June 1 until September 18, will increase leisure travel from the four countries to Brazil by 20 percent over the three-month period.

Tourists from a number of countries, including many Latin American and European Union nations, don’t need a visa to visit Brazil. However, without the temporary visa waiver program, U.S. citizens would have to pay $160 for a Brazilian tourism visa.

Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics Aug. 5-21, and the Paralympic Games will be held Sept. 7-18.

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