March 25, 2023

Airlines ask government to review resumption of mandatory visas for tourists – Brazil

a Resume visa requirements To enter Brazil for tourists coming from it United States, Canada, Japan and Australia It sparked an immediate response from airlines, who fear the negative impact on tourism while the sector is still recovering from the impact of the pandemic. Signed by five Civil Aviation AssociationsAnd he sent a letter to the Minister of Tourism. Daniela CarneiroAnd she asked for her intervention to prevent the procedure scheduled for October 1.

Itamaraty told the embassies of the four countries that they would resume the principle of diplomatic reciprocity, meaning that as Brazilians are required to enter these countries, their nationals will have to present a visa upon arrival in Brazil.

It continues after the announcement

The entities consider returning visa requirements from these sources to be premature and rely on inconsistent data. They also assert that the measure may put another hurdle in the recovery of tourism, a sector that, in certain regions of the country, represents the main economic activity.

In a five-page text, it is explained that governments have facilitated visas to stimulate tourist demand, and within a decade, the percentage of travelers who need this authorization has dropped from 77% to 53%, with Southeast Asia, Oceania and East Africa having the most destinations are open.

As an example of the negative results in countries that moved in the opposite direction, the significant drop in Brazilian trips to Mexico after the country required re-entry visas was noted.

In addition to Abear, which represents the airlines, the official letter was signed by Aeroportos do Brasil (ABR), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (Alta), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as well as the House of Representatives. Brazilian International Airlines (Gorexip).

Copies of the text were also sent to the Ministers Rui Costa (Casa Civil) and Marcio França (Ports and Airports), as well as to the Presidents of Imperator, Marcelo Frixo, and Apex, Jorge Viana.