If you’ve been waiting to travel to Brazil but are not sure if it’s worth investing the money for a Brazilian visa, now you’re in luck if you’re from several countries. Even though Brazil is going through a troubling time, in case you haven’t heard, the Summer Olympics are an opportunity to visit a country that is very open to receiving visitors to brighten the mood. Recently the country ousted the president, Dilma Rousseff, due to charges of manipulating the federal budget. The economy is down due in part to the oil prices taking a dive. Then there is the famous zika virus. Surely you’ve heard of this mosquito-born virus that has injected fear into millions of people due to it’s hazardous effects on those who are of child-bearing age.
All of that has added on to the fact that many wonder if Brazil will be ready to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Brazil’s Minister of Tourism, Henrique Alves, launched a policy that will hopefully encourage more people to come take part of this event that happens only every four years. Brazil normally requires citizens of the majority of countries outside of South America to obtain a visa that costs $160 usd in order to enter this beautiful country. Thanks to Alves, citizens of the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada will not have to obtain a Brazilian visa between June 1st and September 18, 2016. This is an obvious attempt to eliminate further barriers for citizens of these countries to enter the country and be a part of this year’s Olympic games.
So what are you waiting for? The probability of you getting zika is rather low. Bring your insect repellent, buy your flights and save $160 on your Brazilian visa and come to Rio. Be sure to check out our bike tours when you’re here, we’ll be your guide to the Marvelous City and make sure it’s the trip was worth it, in case watching Usain Bolt’s last Olympics isn’t enough for you.
We await you with open arms just like our famous statue, Christ the Redeemer. We hope to see you soon!